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Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Practicum Projects
Posted in October
Boston Children’s Hospital – Two Projects
Project #1: Children’s infectious disease physicians are currently working on a randomized trial investigating a novel electronic algorithm for treatment of fever in children under five in Dar es Salaam. We are looking for an extra pair of hands for the months of December-February as the lead will have to be in Boston for clinical duties at the beginning of next year. The goal would be to have somebody work with the lead in the end of November-mid December who would then continue working on the project in January and February while I am away. This would be a great hands-on experience in pediatric clinical research. As it is a pretty large project and since the person will have to be somewhat independent, I am looking for somebody with experience in at least one of the following areas: clinical pediatrics, clinical research, project management in resource-poor settings.
Interested students should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project #2: Little Sparrows Technologies is a for-profit social enterprise that is developing a portable, battery operable phototherapy device to improve access to jaundice treatment in developing countries without reliable electricity. We have recently received funding from USAID and the Gates Foundation to engage in a human centered design (HCD) project to determine the clinical and operational challenges for introducing this kind of treatment in low resource regions. Our project is funded for two years and will involve several field studies in India.
We have just begun work on the first phase of this project, which is to use an HCD approach to develop research tools to better understand our stakeholder needs. We would like to add additional members to the team for this phase, which will require a lot of brainstorming and group effort. There also may be an opportunity for students continue on after they are finished with their program since the project will evolve to include field testing and a clinical trial.
Check out the blog about our project for the Healthy Newborn Network. It gives a brief summary of the problem we are trying to solve and our approach. Here is the link:
Donna Brezinski, MD
Instructor in Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
CEO and Founder
Little Sparrows Technologies, LLC
Big Ideas for Little Babies
Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED): Application due Friday, October 24
Posted in September
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