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Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research

Dr. Elaine Kohler, a MCW alumnus (Pediatrics Fellowship 1968) and former Associate Professor of Pediatrics (1968-1981) is remembered by her medical colleagues and within the community she served with deep respect for her advocacy in the fields of diabetes, obesity, heavy metal toxicity and mental health. This scholarship fund is for the summer global health research program for medical students who seek to recognize Dr. Kohler’s legacy long after her untimely death in 1981. The fund pays tribute to her life’s local and global health work by providing support for those projects and individuals who carry on her selfless commitment to helping others.

The Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research encourages talented rising M2's to enter the research field during a 10-week hands-on experience. Students spend 5-weeks addressing global health disparities locally in Milwaukee and then 5-weeks internationally. This experience allows students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to address global health issues such as water, injury prevention, and human molecular genetics. Students will be paired with a faculty member and their global and local partners.

Since 2011, 61 medical students have completed faculty mentored research with their global collaborators across 17 countries. Over 40% have disseminated their research via publications and academic conferences.

Summer 2018

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Krishna Doshi

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International Organization
Makerere University

Faculty
Laura Cassidy, professor institute for health and equity

Study
Experiential Learning and Maximizing Opportunities in Conducting a Summer Research Project in Kampala, Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To evaluate the association of risk factors including lack of employment, unstable housing, marital status intimate partner violence and substance abuse, and protective, resilient factors such as social support, spirituality and coping with the risk of depression in men and women in the urban setting Kawempe Division, Kampala Uganda

Daniel Hanna

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International Organization
Indigenous Health International

Faculty
Leonard Egede, professor internal medicine

Study
High Blood Pressure in an Indigenous Community in Panama: Prevalence and Independent Correlates (PDF)

Purpose
To measure the prevalence of hypertension in a Kuna island population separated from the main land and understand the sociodemographic correlates of hypertension

Christian Hernandez

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International Organization
El Valle Health Center

Faculty
Nathan Gundacker, assistant professor medicine, infectious disease

Study
Real World Experience with Leishmaniasis Treatment in Rural Panama (PDF)

Purpose
Assess treatment compliance in a rural Panama clinic population to pentavalent antimoniates through a review of patient records

Ethan Homedi

EthanHomedi_Poster

International Organization
Makerere University

Faculty
Julia Dickson Gomez, professor institute for health and equity

Study
Substance Use and HIV Risk in Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To assess drug use in individuals living in a low-income community of Kampala, Uganda and the associated contextual factors (drug use sites, sexual habits, drug network) that may contribute to sexual risk behavior and HIV infection

Allison Neitzel

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International Organization
Indigenous Health International

Faculty
Leonard Egede, MD, professor internal medicine

Study
Dietary Patterns Among the Indigenous Kuna Indians of Panama (PDF)

Purpose
To identify dietary patterns within the Kuna Indian community on the San Blas Islands and investigate sociodemographic correlates with dietary food items

Robert Olson

RobertOlson_Poster

International Organization
El Valle Health Center

Faculty
Nathan Gundacker, assistant professor medicine, infectious disease

Study
Local Community Perceptions of Snakebite Envenomation in Panama (PDF)

Purpose

  1. To characterize and quantify the perceptions of snakebites in El Valle, Panama
  2. To increase knowledge of envenomation and to assess local knowledge of prevention and treatment of snakebites
Danielle Savino

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International Organization
Makerere University

Faculty
Kirsten Beyer, associate professor institute for health and equity

Study
Assessing Women’s Cervical Cancer Burdens, Knowledge, and Attitudes in Central Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To assess women’s perceptions and awareness of cervical cancer risks in Kyadondo County, Uganda

Rachel Tillman

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International Organization
University College of Dublin

Faculty
Stephen Hargarten, professor of emergency medicine

Study
Importance of Changes to Treatment Plans Based on Pediatric Renal Transplant Biopsy Findings in Ireland: a 10-Year Review (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Identify demographics of pediatric renal transplant patients across Ireland from 2007-2017
  2. Identify treatment changes in post-transplant renal biopsy patients

Summer 2017

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Liya Assefa
Local Organizationassefa-liya
University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health

International Organization
Belize Ministry of Health, Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Faculty
John Grieco, PhD, associate director

Study
Perceptions and Understanding of Zika Virus in Northern Belize (PDF)

Purpose
The aim of this study was to assess the understanding and awareness of Zika virus of residents in Orange Walk Town and neighboring villages in northern Belize.
Ruisu Chen

Local Organizationchen-ruisu
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
University College Dublin School of Medicine, Ireland

Faculty
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, professor emergency medicine

Study
Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) in Subjects with and without HIV-infection Enrolled in the HIV UPBEAT (Understanding the Pathology of Bone Disease in HIV Infected Subjects) Cohort Study (PDF)

Purpose

  1. To explore differences in QoL in HIV+ and HIV- subjects over time,
  2. To explore the association between HIV-status and changes in QoL,
  3. To compare differences in QALY between HIV+ and HIV- subjects.
Olivia Davies
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University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health

International Organization
Belize Ministry of Health, Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Faculty
John Grieco, PhD, associate director

Study
Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Towards Chagas Disease in Northern and Southern Belize (PDF)

Purpose
The aim of this study was to assess if the knowledge of Chagas Disease was greater in the southern regions of Belize than the southern regions due to higher vector presence.
Courtney Goulet

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Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize

Faculty
Amy Zosel, MD, associate professor emergency medicine

Study
Characterize and Quantify the Epidemiology of Patient Toxicity and Management at Karl Heusner Hospital in Belize (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Characterize and quantify the epidemiology of human toxicity, patient characteristics, and disposition after treatment provided by Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital emergency physicians in Belize,
  2. Strengthen knowledge base in medical toxicology.
Bellony Nzemenoh
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Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
School of Medicine University of Split, Croatia

Faculty
Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD, professor anesthesiology and physiology

Study
Sleep Study Habits in Medical Students (PDF)

Purpose
This study explored quantity of sleep and associated lifestyle choices for medical students.
Kristina Parthum

Local Organizationparthum-kristina
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
School of Medicine University of Split, Croatia

Faculty
Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD professor anesthesiology and physiology

Study
Comparison of Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparedness in Two Hospitals: Split, Croatia and Milwaukee, WI (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Complete public health surveys on infectious disease outbreak preparedness at a hospital in Split, Croatia and a hospital in Milwaukee, WI, USA
  2. Compare the hospitals’ infectious disease outbreak preparedness.
William Shi

Local Organizationshi-william
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Patan Hospital, Nepal

Faculty
Theodore MacKinney, MD, MPH, FACP, associate professor internal medicine

Study
Assessment of Peripheral IV Catheter Placement Technique, a Quality Improvement Project in Patan Hospital Emergency Room, Nepal (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Identify contributing factors to high rates of septic phlebitis at Patan Hospital,
  2. Identify potential educational interventions to durably reduce the risk of septic phlebitis to near at or near Western values.
Andrew Stein

Local Organizationstein-andrew
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Patan Hospital, Nepal

Faculty
Theodore MacKinney, MD, MPH, FACP, associate professor internal medicine

Study
Peripheral IV Septic Phlebitis Quality Improvement Project in Patan Hospital, Nepal (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Conduct quality improvement study to improve care at Patan Hospital,
  2. Establish present Patan Hospital septic phlebitis baseline,
  3. Implement intervention to reduce rate of phlebitis.
Josh Thiel
Local Organizationtheil-josh
University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health

International Organization
Belize Ministry of Health, Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Faculty
John Grieco, PhD, associate director

Study
Characterization of Aedes Mosquito Habitat and Larvicidal Resistance to Better Control the Vector in Northern Belize (PDF)

Purpose
This study aimed to analyze water characteristics of Aedes positive water containers to better understand what types of habitats Aedes mosquitos choose. Larval resistance of the Aedes mosquito to the larvacide Temephos was also measured to assess the effectiveness of the larvicide in controlling the Aedes population.

Summer 2016

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John Idso
Local Organization 
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Rzeszow University, Poland

Faculty
Grzegorz Telega, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Study
Quality and Cost of Type 2 Diabetes Globally (PDF)

Purpose
Determine if there is an appreciable difference in quality and cost between Wisconsin and the Podkarpackie region in Poland for a specific disease, T2DM.
John (Jack) McGee
Local Organization 
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal

Faculty
Theodore MacKinney, MD, MPH, FACP, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Study
Renal Replacement Therapy in Nepal: A Point in Time Survey (PDF)

Purpose
(1) Survey the current statistics of RRT & estimate the incidence and prevalence of ESRD in Nepal, (2) Assess the current state & regional distribution of nephrology services in Nepal, (3) Review the costs associated with RRT in Nepal to determine the financial burden the government could experience in supporting all incident ESRD patients.
Cassandra Mejia
Local Organization 
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Rzeszow University, Poland

Faculty
Grzegorz W. Telega, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Samantha Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Study
Screening for adverse childhood experiences within pediatric patients in Rzeszów, Poland (PDF)

Purpose
The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence ACEs and explore the frequency and experiences of screening for ACEs within a pediatric population in Rzeszów Poland. Specific objectives include: (1) Identifying prevalence of ACEs in the pediatric population seen at Sokrates clinic, Rzeszów, Poland, (2) Assessing whether primary care pediatricians identify or screen for ACEs, and (3) Exploring physician experiences and opinions regarding ACE screening within the following five categories: (1) Provider training and awareness of ACEs, (2) Perception and attitude of screening, (3) Perceived control over screening and intervention, (4) Perceived cultural acceptance of screening, and (5) Perceived social approval of screening.
Jacqueline Powell and John (Jack) McGee
Local Organization 
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal

Faculty
Bipin Thapa, MD, MS, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Clerkship Director, Department of Medicine and Biraj Karmacharya, PhD, MBBS,MSc, University of Washington Nepal Studies Initiative, Chief of Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University

Study
Adolescent Health Risk and Behavior: a School-based Survey in Central Nepal (PDF)

Purpose
Determine if health trends exist based on age, gender, caste, and location of adolescents.
Peter Regala
Local Organization 
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
University of Split, Croatia

Faculty
Zeljko Bosnjak PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research Anesthesiology and Physiology and Ozren Polasek, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Split, Croatia

Study
Social inequalities in health in the Balkan countries: a systematic review (PDF)

Purpose
Conducted a systematic review to determine the what extent research has been conducted on social inequalities of health across the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia).
Zachary Telfer
Local Organization 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

International Organization
Government Fishery Department, Malawai

Faculty
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Global Health and Harvey Bootsma, PhD, Professor University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Fresh Water Sciences

Study
Quantitative Detection of Schistosoma Cercariae in Lake Malawi via collection of the Intermediate Hosts Bulinus globosus and B. nyassanus (PDF)

Purpose
The current methods for the detection of Schistosoma spp. in the lake have been shown to underestimate the quantity of infectious cercariae in Lake Malawi and do not reflect the prevalence studies done in the past.