2016 Fellows

2016 CGH Summer Fellows Video


 Adeoluwa Ayoola College 2018, Biological Chemistry


University of Chicago Mentor: Louis Philipson, MD, PhD    Site Mentor: Williams Balogun, MBBS, FWACP        


Ade traveled to Nigeria for the Center for Global Health Research Fellowship. Her research was conducted at the University of Ibadan and the affiliated hospital. She studied diabetes among youth and adults of Nigeria. The project sought to address the lack of information on the number of patients with diabetes in Nigeria, the accuracy of methods of diagnosing diabetes in patients, and the treatment methods undertaken by doctors in response to the diagnosis. She explored this topic with Dr. Williams Balogun, Dr. Philipson of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Dr. Funmi Olopade. Additionally, Ade was given the opportunity to work on a breast cancer research project at a lab in Ibadan.

MeeSoh Bossard - Social Service Administration 2017   


University of Chicago Mentor: Nana Fenny, MD, MPH  Site Mentor: Daniel Ansong, MBChB, FWACP                                 


MeeSoh Bossard conducted research in Kumasi, Ghana alongside Dr. Ansong at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.  A recent graduate of the comparative human development department, she is interested in the way socio-cultural factors affect maternal and child health. As an extension of a study conducted in Accra, Ghana concerning factors shaping practices of family planning, she explored driving socio-cultural beliefs that determine female uptake of family planning. MeeSoh dug into a qualitative research study that engaged with local women in an ardent attempt to gain insight into their perspectives. She enjoyed the opportunity to use the knowledge gained to give back to the women and their families. 

Andrew Brook - College 2018, Public Policy    


 University of Chicago Mentor: Funmi Olopade, MD, FACP  Site Mentor: Daniel Ansong, MBChB, FWACP   
Andrew is a second year Public Policy major at the University of Chicago. He went to Cape Town, South Africa to work with the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) to compile information about radiation therapy centers throughout the African continent. Additionally, he worked on an independent research project that examinded the successful early detection methods that exist in the local areas of Cape Town. He looked to determine the most common reasons for early screenings and the barriers to early detection that prevent a diverse community from stopping cancer while it is still early. Cancer is a growing epidemic in Africa and thus, early detection and prevention are of utmost importance.

Evan Eschliman - College 2018, Public Policy       


University of Chicago Mentor: Seeba Anam, MD  Site Mentor: Chioma Asuzu, PhD                                         
Evan Eschliman is a Public Policy major, minoring in Biology, who has a special interest in how development and globalization influence policies, perceptions, and treatments concerning mental health. He worked at University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he conducted research relating to psycho-oncology. Evan studied the systems of care for the mental health of cancer patients and the avenues through which treatment is sought, as well as potential obstacles for treatment program implementation.

Alma Juarez - Harris School of Public Policy 2017    


University of Chicago Mentor: Habibul Ahsan, MD      Site Mentor: Tariqul Islam      


Alma Juarez conducted a cost-benefit analysis of competing solutions for the arsenic pollution problem that is affecting the population’s health in Bangladesh. She contrasted the benefits on health and costs of improving heavily polluted water sources (wells) or investing in a distribution system of water from the clean sources, vis-a-vis other less capital intensive solutions that can be done at a local level (e.g. at the health clinics). This aimed to offer a good insight of where money should be invested in order to help tackle the problem in a more efficient manner.

Eleanor Kang - College 2017, Public Policy & Biology  


University of Chicago Mentor: Sarosh Rana, MD Site Mentor: Herriot Shannon, MD                                   
Eleanor Kang traveld to Haiti to conduct research on postpartum hypertension disorders. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Eclampsia, seizures during or after pregnancy, can follow preeclampsia. Both conditions can cause pregnancy complications such as premature delivery, separation of the placenta, and blood clotting issues. Retrospective research has suggested that some women have elevated blood pressure even after childbirth (postpartum hypertension) and that there might be a link between postpartum hypertension and preeclampsia. Haiti has high rates of eclampsia and preeclampsia. Through taking chart data and measuring blood pressure after childbirth, Eleanor’s research in Haiti aimed to further investigate this link.


Brad Lee - College 2018, Biology 


University of Chicago Mentor:  Dezheng Huo, MD, PhD  Site Mentor: Wanqing Chen, MD, PhD 


Brad Lee is a second year Biology major at the University of Chicago. Brad was placed at the Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) in Beijing, China. As one of the WHO’s Collaborative Centers for Research on Cancer in China, CAMS integrates clinical practice with basic research and field-work and places an emphasis on cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Under the mentorship of Dr. Huo (Department of Public Health Sciences) and Dr. Wang (Department of Hematology/Oncology), Brad analyzed data collected by CAMS to establish indexes for evaluating young-onset trends of breast cancer occurrence in Chinese women. 

Zoe Levine College 2018, Biology & Sociology     


University of Chicago Mentor: Nana Fenny, MD, MPH Site Mentor: Daniel Ansong, MBChB, FWACP   


Zoe Levine's project was conducted in tandem with Dr. Daniel Ansong’s surveillance of pediatric bacterial meningitis at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. Once children with suspected bacterial meningitis were enrolled in the surveillance program, she conducted interviews with patients’ parents. The aim of these interviews was to determine the prior knowledge parents have about meningitis upon bringing their children to the hospital for care. She gained a better understanding of how much parents know about meningitis prior to receiving a diagnosis, how accurate their prior knowledge is, and what they perceive as the best way to address their child’s condition. She compared these findings with outcomes data to determine whether prior  parental knowledge affects treatment and outcomes of children with suspected bacterial meningitis. 

Mauricio Lopez - Harris School of Public Policy 2017


University of Chicago Mentor: Habibul Ahsan, MD Site Mentor: Tariqul Islam                


Maurico Lopez's project consisted of a cost-benefit analysis of competing solutions to the arsenic contamination problem in Bangladesh. He aimed to deepen his understanding of the health crisis and the relevant factors involved and gather and systematize all the relevant data inputs that will be required to perform the cost-benefit analysis. He used the data available at UChicago Research Bangladesh to model the costs of treatment for arsenic exposure and their benefit. He also gathered external data to model the cost of the competing solution of investing in water infrastructure and its expected benefit. The final output provided a useful guideline to policymakers of where money should be invested in order to start tackling the problem rationally.    

Aliya Moreira - College 2017, Biology & Psychology   


University of Chicago Mentor: Rima McLeod, MD  Site Mentor: Mariangela Soberon, JD           
Aliya Moreira worked on a two-pronged project to address toxoplasmosis prevalence rates and transmission in Panama.  The first part of her project worked on transfering a toxoplasmosis pamphlet into an electronic format and used surveying to compare the impact and knowledge transferred in both formats.  The goal was to decrease the high cost of printing multiple pamphlets in the hopes of sharing information on the toxoplasmosis infection to as many people as possible.  The second part of the project was to use hospital data and surveys to map the demographics of infection in Panama in humans and compare it with demographics in cats, dogs, and pigs. This aimed to better understand which methods of transmission impact the largest number of people. 

Sebastian Ortero - College 2018, Anthropology      


University of Chicago Mentor: Funmi Olopade, MD, FACP  Site Mentor: Lynette Denny, MBChB, PhD


In countries where screening programs have been established and implemented effectively, there has been an effective reduction of the occurrence of cervical cancer in women. Yet, in countries that lack the needed resources to establish a successful screening program, cervical cancer remains prevalent and is the leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in many of these countries. Sebastian worked with Dr. Lynette Denny’s research group in further looking into barriers that restrict women from receiving appropriate preventative care in South Africa. This includes broadening knowledge about screen-and-treat methods of prevention to reduce the existing barriers that exist for South African women. The aim of this research was to contribute to the discussion of how to establish effective screening programs for cervical cancer in South Africa, and more broadly for low- and middle-income countries.    

Christy Oso - College 2017, Psychology      


University of Chicago Mentor: Seeba Anam, MD  Site Mentor: Chioma Asuzu, PhD           
Christy Oso is a fourth year in the College majoring in Psychology. She will be working with psycho-oncologist Dr. Chioma Asuzu in Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research project was aimed at determining the effect of the loss of fertility in cervical cancer patients on their mental health and quality of life compared to cervical cancer patients with preserved fertility. She conducted interviews and questionnaires to measure the effect. There tends to be negative social repercussions for infertile Nigerian women, so the findings of research such as this provided a better understanding on the care and treatment such patients might require.

Abhinav Pandey - College 2017, Economics & Biology 


University of Chicago Mentor: Rima McLeod, MD  Site Mentor: Mariangela Soberon, JD              


Panama faces toxoplasmosis prevalence rates as high as 50%. To comprehend high prevalence of infectious disease, one needs to understand the transmission dynamics of the organism that spread the disease. To address this, Abhinav Pandey created a comprehensive prevalence map of toxoplasmosis in Panama using over 3000 serum samples and epidemiological algorithms. This map was used to identify high prevalence areas, which will be further investigated. He also examined local feral cat populations (the most important zoonotic source of toxoplasmosis), tested water sources using PCR analysis, and surveyed the community in these areas to investigate what leads or causes these particularly high prevalence rates. We hope that our findings can be used to inform future large studies seeking to reduce prevalence rates.    

Rebekah Sugarman - College 2017, International Studies 


University of Chicago Mentor: Sarosh Rana, MD  Site Mentor: Herrio Sannon, MD                    


Rebekah Sugarman is a third year majoring in International Studies and minoring in Biology, and hopes to go to medical school after college. This summer, Rebekah travel to Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which has the world's highest rates of preeclampsia-related maternal and fetal death. Rebekah spent her summer studying preeclampsia and post eclampsia rates in pregnant women experiencing delivery. Blood pressure, heart rate, and medical history was recorded in order to examine adverse outcomes in relation to diagnostic criteria. Dr. Sarosh Rana and research specialist Hadi Ramadan mentored this research. 

Winnie Tong - Department of Sociology          


University of Chicago Mentor: Renslow Sherer, MD  Site Mentor: Summer Wu            


Standardized medical residency education may be a key factor to improving healthcare disparities in China. Beginning in 2015, new resident training programs have been implemented nation-wide by the Ministry of Health, and by 2020, all medical graduates are required to receive this mandatory training. Winnie Tong traveld to Wuhan, China to determine if this recent policy has inadvertently contributed to gender effects, particularly for females in the medical field. She examined whether female medical residency students were inclined to pursue certain medical specializations, for what reasons, and whether their desires to pursue medicine as a career will change given China’s new residency training standards. Furthermore, Winnie also asked students how they viewed doctor-patient trust in China and whether specific changes to current medical curriculum could improve this relationship. Thank you to the Center for Global Health, the WUMER team, and Wuhan University for the opportunity and support.