Topic: epidemiology

TB superstrains

[ Fall 2008 ] Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis is research focus Covering 200 square kilometers of arid scrubland in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, the rural district of Tugela Ferry seems to swallow its inhabitants, its parched mountain ridges shutting out the world beyond. Within the…

A man with a plan

[ Spring 2013 ] “Do I look like a man with a plan?” The slender young man with the radiant smile is mimicking a line from the villainous Joker in the second Batman movie. At first glance, the answer to his mischievous question is,…

Off the cuff: Bill Hanage

[ Fall 2011 ] Why are we seeing so many deadly new forms of E. coli in our food? "Bacteria are a bit like a Mr. Potato Head®. You have the core DNA—which is the potato—and then onto that are stuck all kinds of…

Where DNA meets daily life

[Fall 2010] The intersection of genes and the environment is the new target of public health research. Red hair is a genetically determined trait. And when redheads with Celtic roots move to sun-drenched countries near the equator, their risk of skin cancer…

Saving lives by the numbers

In the mid-1980s, HSPH biostatistician Stephen Lagakos enthusiastically chatted up colleagues about a new mode of communicating called email. “He wondered if it would be feasible to set up email among all of us who wanted to exchange ideas about how to prevent and…

Protecting workers’ health

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Throughout the School’s history, researchers have sought to keep workers safe and workplaces healthy. From pioneering efforts exposing the adverse effects of early-20th-century factory life to current studies on the heart health of firefighters, HSPH researchers have uncovered…

Chasing epidemics in real time

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] As the AIDS epidemic tragically demonstrated, public health has usually been a step behind infections on the run. But today, with sophisticated molecular and communications tools, practitioners can virtually keep up stride for stride with emerging epidemics. In…

Off the cuff: Michelle Williams

[ Winter 2012 ] Is epidemiology a beautiful science? “I started to see beauty in science as an undergrad, looking at embryonic development. There is nothing more beautiful than watching a single cell turn into an organism. It contains all the signals needed to…

AIDS at 30: Hard lessons and hope

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Thirty years after the first official reports about HIV/AIDS, we look back on the human devastation and forward to a changed social landscape. The infection has killed more people so far than has any other discrete epidemic, except…

A low-tech way to combat HIV/AIDS

[ Spring 2008 ] The world is finally waking up to male circumcision The Harvard School of Public Health’s Daniel Halperin has been something of a maverick in the field of HIV/AIDS research. A medical anthropologist and an epidemiologist—one who scours populations for clues to what…