"Pursuing parity: A new generation of female faculty is gathering data on why there should be more of them"
Stanford Medicine magazine, Spring 2017
Odette Harris was the only black woman in Stanford School of Medicine’s class of 1996. Upon graduation, she became Stanford’s sole first-year neurosurgery resident. Read more
"Researchers tackle unusual challenge in polio eradication"
Stanford Medicine Scope blog, April 7, 2015.
A newly recognized form of poliovirus has emerged from one of the vaccines being used to eradicate the paralyzing illness. Stanford’s Yvonne Maldonado and others are studying how to solve the problem. Read more
"Emerging form of poliovirus threatens hopes for eradication"
Stanford Medicine News, April 3, 2015.
Polio is a tricky foe. One of the biggest hurdles in the World Health Organization’s polio eradication campaign is that the virus causes no symptoms in 90 percent of people who contract it. But these silently infected individuals can still spread the virus to others by coughing, sneezing or shedding it in their feces. And those they infect may become permanently paralyzed by or die. Read more
"Working to prevent sexual assaults in Kenya"
Stanford Medicine Scope blog, December 18, 2014
The little girl bounded up to us, wearing a filthy pink sweater, with a beaming smile on her face, and gave me a huge hug. Surprised at the reception, I hugged her back and swung her gently back and forth. She giggled and ran to hug my colleagues, then, hopping over an open sewer, darted into an alley that lead to her home. We followed as quickly as we could over the slippery mud, down one alleyway than another. Within a few minutes we reached her house, a 5’ by 10’ structure made of mud and wood, without windows, electricity, or locks. The girl, named Lianna*, lives here with her two year-old brother, who calls her “Mama”, as she is his primary caretaker. Their mother is a bartender and likely also a sex worker, and returns home only occasionally. The home is filthy, smells bad, and is without food or water. Yet this beautiful child, brimming with energy and intelligence, is proud to show it to us and to introduce us to her sibling. Read more
"S.F. couple teaches power of 'No' to prevent rape in Kenya: S.F. couple's workshop proving effective, Stanford studies find"
San Francisco Chronicle, June 24, 2014.
On the website for No Means No Worldwide, a rape-prevention nonprofit agency started by a San Francisco couple in Kenya, is a page of testimonial videos from girls who have experienced a verbal or physical attack. Read More
"Empowerment program greatly decreases incidence of rape, study finds"
Stanford Medicine News, April 13, 2014
A low-cost empowerment program for adolescent girls in Kenyan slums sharply curtails rape and sexual harassment of these girls, who live in an environment where women have low status and are frequently attacked, a large new study shows. Read more
"Birth control counseling may reduce AIDS transmission in Africa, say researchers"
Stanford Medicine News, July 25, 2012
Family planning counseling could prove to be a cost-effective way to help minimize the number of children born HIV-positive in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study by School of Medicine researchers suggests. Read More