Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

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Division News and Recognition

  • August 2018: Cheers to Dr. Shirit Einav for becoming a tenured Associate Professor!
  • July 2018: Dr. Prasanna Jagannathan received the Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries award!
  • December 2017: A Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Dr. Larry McGlynn, was honored the Red Ribbon Award for outstanding service to individuals with HIV/AIDS. 
  • November 2017: Kudos to Dr. Catherine Blish and her promotion to a tenured faculty position!
  • November 2017: Congrats to Dr. Paul Bollyky for receiving the Falk Medical Research Trust Transformation Award!
  • July 2017: Dr. Dean Winslow is this year's recipient of the IDSA Society Citation. Congrats on your accomplishment!
  • May 2017: Congrats to DoM employee of the month, Hanbang Zhang of Singh Lab!
  • Read the articles in Division News.

Dr. Catherine Blish was promoted to a tenured faculty position in November 2017.

In the Press

Many of our Principal Investigators are quoted in news outlets. Read about additional mentions in our In the Press page!

What could be the source of higher blood lead level in pregnant women?

By Afrose Jahan Chaity - July 18th, 2018

A study was conducted on 430 pregnant women of Bangladesh to analyse BLL in their bodies.

A recent study has found higher blood lead levels (BLL) among pregnant women in rural Bangladesh. 

The information was published by a collaborative study by International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and Stanford University titled “Prevalence of elevated blood lead levels among pregnant women and sources of lead exposure in rural Bangladesh: A case control study” in Environmental Research.

The study analysed BLL among 430 pregnant women and found multiple possible sources, including food and non-food sources.

Can bacteria-slaying viruses defeat antibiotic-resistant infections? A new U.S. clinical center aims to find out

By Kelly Servick - Jun. 21, 2018

One piece of good news can make all the difference. In the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections, a decades-old approach based on bacteria-slaying viruses called phages has been sidelined by technical hurdles, dogged by regulatory confusion, and largely ignored by drug developers in the West. But 2 years ago, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), used phages to knock out an infection that nearly killed a colleague. Propelled by that success and a handful of others since, UCSD is now launching a clinical center to refine phage treatments and help companies bring them to market.

A first in North America, the center will initially consist of 16 UCSD researchers and physicians. It aims to be a proving ground for a treatment that has long been available in parts of Eastern Europe, but that still lacks the support of rigorous clinical trials....

What to Know About the Rare and Deadly Nipah Virus

By Korin Miller for Self - May 29, 2018

At least 14 people have died in a recent outbreak of Nipah virus in India's southern state of Kerala, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus—which is thought to be the inspiration for the 2011 science fiction movie Contagion—is rare but often deadly.

The outbreak is ongoing in Kerala, and there have been 16 confirmed cases, 12 suspected cases, and 14 deaths, the WHO reports.

Although there has never been a Nipah infection in the U.S., there have been local outbreaks in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and India.

China has a tapeworm problem, and it’s reinforcing the poverty cycle, study finds

By Zhuang Pinghui for South China Morning Post - May 17, 2018

A study has for the first time found high levels of tapeworm infection, potentially causing cognitive defects, among primary schoolchildren in rural mountainous areas.

Researchers in a joint study by Stanford University in the United States and Sichuan province health authority said that such infections made children highly vulnerable, with severe social consequences.

Neurological problems caused by the infections could lead to poor academic performance, dropping out of school and reinforcement the poverty cycle, it found.

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