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Pitt’s Center for Global Health Awards Travel Grants to Nine Students

PITTSBURGH, April 26, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh Center for Global Health has awarded nine advanced degree students nearly $24,000 to improve health around the world. Part of the Student Global Travel Program, founded by Donald S. Burke, M.D., associate vice chancellor for global health, University of Pittsburgh, the grants support travel expenses for students pursuing international health research at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Law.

“The Student Global Travel Program gives students an invaluable opportunity to apply their academic training to communities in need overseas. They return with a much greater understanding of not only the populations they are serving, but also the challenges involved in conducting research in the developing world,” said Dr. Burke.

2010 student global travel grantees and their research topics include:

  • Alexandre Bhatti – Molecular Diagnosis of Bacteremia and Sepsis in Pune, India
  • Alana DeLoge – Investigation of Childhood Injuries in Bolivia
  • Jason Huang – Malaria Risk Assessment in Mityana, Uganda
  • Zach Landis Lewis – Automating Audit and Feedback for Clinical Practice in Low-Resource Settings in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Yajuan Lu – The Influence of Health Insurance Policies of Migrant Workers’ Healthcare-Seeking Behavior in Beijing, China
  • Sara Marshall – An Evaluation of The Life for a Child Program in Kigali, Rwanda
  • Megan Quimper – Antibiotics in Community-Based Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children in Blantyre, Malawi
  • Carly Switalski – Mobility and Independent Living in Elders Study and Longitudinal Indian Family Health Study in Hyderabad, India
  • Allison Walker – Stress and Burden of Cancer Caregivers in Abuja, Nigeria

The Center for Global Health, directed by Joanne L. Russell, M.P.P.M., R.N., C.C.R.C., serves as the unifying framework for global health activities at the University of Pittsburgh. The mission of the center is to effectively address health issues that affect populations around the globe through programs that support and expand multidisciplinary collaborations in the areas of research, scholarship, service and policy. For more information, visit

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