Global Health News and Events

MUSC medical student combats education, pediatric health issues in rural India

By Janie Thomas

Vasanthan Kuppuswamy had already caught the vision as early as the sixth grade. He was teaching English in rural villages as a way to connect with and help his homeland. He worked in the village where his father grew up, and many of his relatives still reside in those hills. After his initial summer visit teaching English, he decided to make this a yearly trip, and since

MUSC International Picnic 2014

A great time was had by MUSC internationals and their families at the International Picnic on Sunday, May 6, 2014. Delicious food was served, fun games were played and it couldn't have been the great success that it was without our students, scholars, friends and their families. 

Thank you all for your support! Enjoy the above pictures. 

MUSC Center for Global Health announces 2014 Global Health Faculty Pilot grant recipients

MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) recently awarded six faculty members global health seed funding of up to $20,000 to support global health research projects in low and middle-income countries.  The CGH’s goal in releasing these funds is to bolster our faculty’s ability to collect vital preliminary data needed to secure extramural funding from governmental, private or non-governmental sources. Awardees were selected from a diverse pool of exceptional submissions through a competitive peer-review process. The following are 2014 Global Health Pilot Grant recipients.

MUSC cardiologists foster sustainability through training at advanced cardiac care center in Tanzania

Borders are disappearing due to increasing globalization of ideas, culture and technology. Health conditions found in remote locations abroad are—now more than ever—comparable to those seen in the rural United States. With these emerging phenomena, a new global health threat continues to permeate throughout the world: non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 35 million people die from NCDs every year, totaling roughly 66 percent of the world’s deaths. Western diets and lifestyles closely mirror those now seen in

MUSC student pioneers lipidomics research in catfish

By Janie Thomas

What do South African crocodiles, sharp-toothed catfish and humans have in common? They are all, in a sense, exposed to the same effluvia.

A research project spearheaded by Theresa Cantu, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC

Student Trainee Travel Grant Presentation - April 10, 2014

Join the MUSC community for the MUSC Center for Global Health Student Trainee Travel Grant Presentations. Lunch is provided. 

Geoff Bloomquist
Fourth year dental medicine student
College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

MUSC International Bazaar 2014 - Taste the Nations

Join the MUSC community Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Horseshoe from 11:00am-1:30pm as we celebrate international culture and cuisine. Also, learn about the work our students are doing in other countries. There will be delicious food, great music and amazing dances!

For more information, contact Rebeca Mueller at 843-792-2156 or 

MUSC surgeon tests Google Glass for global surgical care, education improvements

Imagine having the ability to transmit real-time surgical instruction from the U.S. to Nepal without a firm proficiency of Nepali, the official language of Nepal. Imagine being briefed on a patient’s condition—CTs, medical history, MRIs—en route to an emergency operation, where time is a competing element. Now, imagine a medical trainee, in the U.S. or Kenya, viewing the previously mentioned surgical events in a

MUSC Associate Dean encourages students to serve with open hearts, open minds

If there is one message J. Mark Barry, DDS, MBA, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), would like to impart on future mission trip travelers, it is to appreciate the privileges that afford them opportunities to serve abroad in low and middle income countries.

Center for Global Health awards 2014 trainee, faculty mentor global health travel grants

Trainee Global Health Grant Awardees

Nana Assah, College of Pharmacy
Project: “Developing a Partnership between Okurase and MUSC through a Volunteer Health Organization

Originally from Ghana, Assah has an extensive background in the sciences, mostly biochemistry. This led him to pursue an advanced

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