Project: FRIDA: Forwarding Research for Improved Detection and Access for Cervical Cancer Screening and Triage in Mexico
With my CGPH summer grant experience, I was able to see what goes into designing a large scale international clinical trial. Through collaboration with my research team, I learned to analyze the preliminary data and interpret the early results.
Project: Developing the framework for an analysis of disease burden in informal settlements
Between the papal visit, and the recent civil disobedience, my experience in Brazil highlighted the importance of being flexible, in addition to emphasizing the importance of using the resources that are at your disposal, such as my wonderful in-country collaborators, to accomplish your project's goals.
Project: Antimicrobial Resistance Prevalence in Uropathogenic E. coli Clonal Groups Associated with Community-Acquired Urinary Tract Infections in Mysore, India
My summer internship in India provided me with invaluable laboratory research experience in a developing country. It also underscored the enormous impact that antimicrobial resistant infections have on a global scale in terms of morbidity and mortality and how important it is to continue researching novel approaches to treat such infections.
Project: the Changing Food Environment in Kunming
My research experience in China this summer once again taught me the importance of being flexible and persistent in the field especially when it comes to requesting data. It is also important to explain to our foreign collaborators and agencies we are working with why we are doing this particular research, its public health significance and how doing this research together would benefit them and the local community. This will help us gain their understanding and assistance in completing the research and fostering future collaborations.
Project: Fishing for Health: Researching the relationships between fishery dynamics and household nutrition on Mfangano Island, Kenya
My time on Mfangano Island, Kenya brought to life the dynamic relationships that exists between communities and their local environments. Listening to the stories of local fishermen highlighted the need for working across disciplines to meaningful affect the health concerns of these communities.
Project: Alli Kiru Children’s Oral Health and Nutrition Project
My research experience in Ecuador taught me about the many challenges of implementing a culturally competent and effective health intervention. I learned from first-hand from community members about the obstacles local parents face in making healthy diet and nutrition choices for their families.
Project: Probiotics in Bangladeshi Infants
My research experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh to implement a probiotic intervention taught me how to apply for funding, develop protocols and identify partners internationally. It taught me the value of hands on research experience in an international setting and the challenges of doing so when working with underprivileged children.