Topic: epidemiology

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…

2008 Alumni Award of Merit winners

[ Fall 2008 ] Standouts in public health tend to view big problems as boulders that must be rolled uphill, however steep those hills might be. This year’s recipients of the Alumni Award of Merit have each approached serious health threats to huge numbers…

Alumni award winners: What we know now

[ Winter 2011] We asked this year’s winners James Dalen, Fernando Guerra, Lynn Rosenberg, and David Schottenfeld: What do you know now about improving the public’s health that you didn’t when you started out in your career? James Dalen, SM '72 “The people are ahead of their doctors.”…

Carrying on the quest for an HIV vaccine

Donald Francis, SD ’79, has been in the front lines of the battle against AIDS since 1981 and was one of the first scientists to suggest that the then-mysterious disease was caused by an infectious agent. In the early 1980s, Francis directed…

Plastics: Danger where we least expect it

[Winter 2010] They hold your water, line your canned goods, and even help save sick babies. But are the potential health risks of certain plastics so great they outweigh the benefits? In the United States, local and state governments are banning the…

Poverty, disasters & health against all odds

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The most powerful influences on population health are not the medical interventions that diagnose and treat disease. Rather, they are the broad social forces—war or peace, poverty or financial security, political oppression or fundamental human rights—that shape all…

Cancer is on the rise in developing countries

[Fall 2009] by Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD Dean, Harvard School of Public Health While it's well known that cancer is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, what is less recognized and understood is the significant growth of cancer in the developing…

Dean's message: HIV/AIDS at 30: Turning the corner

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Anniversaries compel us to reflect, to take stock, to inquire about how we can better carry out our missions. On the 30th anniversary of the first official report on what would be known as the HIV/AIDS epidemic—published by…

Tracking the long-term effects of lifesaving drugs

For more than 20 years, George Seage, associate professor of epidemiology, has explored the behavioral and biological aspects of HIV transmission. In September 2010, he received an $82.2 million, five-year grant—the second-largest award to the School, after the federal PEPFAR grant—to study two…