Office of Global Health

UPDATE - JUNE 2014 Travel Advisory from the UMMS Office of Global Health - LIBERIA
As many of you are aware, there has been an outbreak of the Ebola virus in southeastern Guinea in the border regions with Liberia. As of this notice and until future notifications, UMMS is allowing travel to Liberia for those persons not engaged in clinical activities. The travel ban is still in effect for those persons who wish to engage in clinical activities until further notice.Please "click" on link to read OGH Memo. Update to date information regarding the Ebola Outbreak: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea and Liberia (please click on link) Outbreak Update

The Office of Global Health has received through the UMMS AIG a Health Advisory regarding the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) for the Caribbean Islands and South America. Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an illness transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes carrying the virus, the same mosquitoes that carry dengue. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment; however, medications may be used to reduce symptoms. To read the full advisory click on this link: May 29, 2014 CHIKV Advisory

 Travel Advisory - 2014 Hurricane and Typhoon Season (5/29/14 - 12/1/14) - ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS, THE CARIBBEAN AND THE GULF OF MEXICO

The hurricane and typhoon season alert was issued by the US State Department on May 29 and extends through Dec. 2014. It affects those areas in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information and to read the full alert please go to the US State Department web site.

UMMS's Dr. Ira Ockene Partners with Ecuadorian Doctors to Study and Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

"Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Reduction in Ecuador: Training Primary Care Physicians in Behavioral Counseling and Establishing Office Support and Patience Follow-up Systems”. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Universidad de las Americas  Medical School (UAMC) and The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS), both located in Ecuador. Drs. Ira Ockene (UMMS) and Manuel Baldeón, MD, PhD (UDLA) will lead the project as Principal investigators.

This study will enroll Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and their patients free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but still at high risk for diabetes to either an intervention (IC) program or usual care (UC) program, with a primary goal of this project is to reducing the risk of developing CVD. Distributed products of the study will include a validated patient centered-physician counseling training package as well as ancillary materials provided as office support for the physician seeing at-risk patients.

This project is funded through a grant from Pfizer (Grant 11538663)

Confronting HIV/AIDS at UMMS: From first cases to "functional cure"

Katherine Luzuriaga and Donna Gallagher shared their experiences as part of a panel of clinical experts to discuss their roles in the history of the disease and the research for a cure. "Surviving and Thriving: History of HIV Research and Care at UMMS" on April 22, 2014, was hosted by the Lamar Soutter Library’s Office of Medical History and Archives, which has compiled the history of HIV research and care at UMMS. You can view the full article by Ellie Castano, UMass Medical School Communications online .

For additional information and an overview of the history of AIDS research and care at UMMS visit, visit the Office of Medical History and Archives website.

2014 AIDS Panel

Foreign Policy names Luzuriaga a 'Leading Global Thinker for 2013' for HIV Research
UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, has been named to the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 for “bringing the world closer to a cure for HIV.” Visit UMassMedNow for the full article (online), December 12, 2013.


New Pediatric Global Health Fellowship Program
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for it's newly established Pediatric Global Health Fellowship Program, starting in July 2014. For more Information visit the OGH and UMMS Funding Opportunities Page.


Global Health Partnerships
UMass Medical School welcomes Liberian health care leaders: Women in Public Service delegates attend UMass conference, visit Worcester Campus.
By Sandra Gray, UMass Medical School Communications, June 18, 2013


Global Health Research
The 2013 TIME 100: Hannay Gay, Katherine Luzuriaga and Deborah Persaud - AIDS Researchers
By Mark Dybul @TIME (Click on the article to read more) 

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 University of Liberia

Collaborators from UMMS, University of Liberia and Health Education And Relief Through Teaching (HEARTT) are pictured at UL during a March 2011 visit.

From left to right: Donna Gallagher, APRN, co-director of Global Health; Vuyu Golakai, MD, dean, University of Liberia School of Medicine; Dean Terrence R. Flotte, MD; Emmet Dennis, PhD, president, University of Liberia; James Sirleaf, MD, HEARTT; Patricia McQuilkin, MD, director of Pediatric Global Medicine Education and Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, associate provost of Global Health.

To read more about Launcing Medical Education Studies in Liberia click here