Global Health News and Events

Lou Guillette honored by Heinz Foundation for Environmental Research

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced Louis J. Guillette Jr., Ph.D., reproductive biologist, endocrinologist and professor, as a recipient of a $100,000 Heinz Award. Guillette is professor of obstetrics and gynecology and holds an endowed chair in Marine Genomics at South Carolina’s Centers for Economic Excellence at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Why Global Health Matters?

As part of the university's 2010-2015 strategic plan, MUSC hosted a three-day event “Why Global Health Matters” to hear from some of the leading experts in the country as they explored a broad range of topics emerging in global health. This was the first in a series of lectures that will bring to the campus a group of leaders in global health to gain a perspective on how interconnected our world is.  For those who weren't able to attend the events, we've posted the full videos of each hour-long talk. 

Discover the Roots of the Human Family Tree

Where did we come from and how are we all connected in this diverse world?  That's the question that leading population geneticist, author and documentary filmmaker, Dr.

MUSC Inaugural Global Health Speaker Series: September 14-16, 2011

September 14

Mapping The Human Race’s Journey

Spencer Wells, PhD
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Director, Genographic Project
Featured guest on “Today Show” CNN, National Public Radio, TED Talk 
4:00 p.m.
Storm Eye Institute Auditorium
Reception to follow in Storm Eye Institute Reading Room

The State Department and USAID Address Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Severe drought, poor infrastructure and insecurity have had a debilitating impact on the welfare of millions of people in this region, especially in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. This crisis has resulted in severe malnutrition, acute hunger, and rising levels of starvation. It has generated extraordinary refugee flows across thousands of miles in East Africa.

Local PTSD experts help Japan victims
Post and Courier
By Ryan Quinn
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

After returning from a trip to Japan in late April, Dr. Peter Tuerk received an email with the simple subject "it worked."

Two New Studies Support Use Of PrEP For HIV Prevention Among Heterosexual Men And Women

"Two new studies done in three African countries have shown for the first time that AIDS drugs taken daily can cut by more than half a person's chance of becoming infected with HIV through heterosexual intercourse," the Washington Post reports.

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World Population Day: Why seven billion matters
U.N. Officials Highlight Concern About Humanitarian Situation In East Africa

"U.N. officials sounded the alarm Tuesday about a deepening crisis in East Africa, saying they are struggling to cope with the number of people on the move in the region because of the severe drought and continued fighting in Somalia," the Associated Press reports. "World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the drought has left millions hungry, farmers at risk of losing their livelihoods and the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk," the AP writes (7/12)

Second-Hand Smoke Still a Major Killer

This year, tobacco use will kill nearly six million people. Of that number, 600,000 will die because of exposure to second- hand tobacco smoke. If current trends continue, the annual death toll could rise to eight million by 2030, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), with more than 80 percent of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries "We have the means to prevent this needless tragedy. Political will is the key," Timothy O'Leary, WHO communications officer, told IPS.