Division of Infectious Diseases

Global Health Opportunities

Africa

Ethiopia 

Carol A. Harris, MD
Dr. Carol Harris, Professor of Clinical Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Director of the Einstein Institute of Global HIV Medicine, has supported students in projects in Ethiopia involving orphan and vulnerable children care and support, rehabilitation of marginalized women, rural and urban development, and malaria prevention and control efforts.

Einstein Physician Offers A World of Compassion
Dr. Carol Harris’ work with AIDS patients in Ethiopia has led to an expansive network of programs and services to create and expand care for the estimated 1.1 million Ethiopians afflicted by the disease.


Ethiopia and Rwanda 

Johanna Daily, M.D.
Dr. Johanna Daily, Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), carries out basic science efforts in the analysis of parasite and host whole genome transcriptional data through a collaboration with Dr. Terrie Taylor's (Michigan State) in Blantyre, Malawi in children with severe disease; with Dr. Kathryn Anastos in malaria-infected adults with and without HIV in Rwanda; and with Dr. Carol Harris in basic epidemiology and outcomes research of malaria in Ethiopia.

Malawi 

Kami Kim, MD
Dr. Kami Kim, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), has recently developed collaborations with clinical investigators at the Blantyre Malaria Project in Malawi to understand the clinical impact of HIV co-infection upon cerebral malaria. 


Theresa Madaline, MD
Little is known about why children die from certain severe forms of malaria, and how to prevent these malaria-related deaths. Mentored by Dr. Kami Kim and collaborating with the Blantyre Malaria Project, Dr. Theresa Madaline studies the immune systems of children in Malawi with HIV and cerebral malaria to identify what makes them unique from their HIV-negative counterparts, and how their immune cells react to the parasite.


Sarah E. Hochman, MD
Mentored by Dr. Kami Kim and collaborating with the Blantyre Malaria Project, Dr. Sarah Hochman studies the pathophysiology of HIV and malaria co-infection, with a focus on immune dysregulation and the blood-brain barrier.

 

Vietnam

Liise-anne Pirofski, MD
Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski has established a collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Day at the Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to study the serological and molecular immune response to Cryptococcus neoformans in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected Vietnamese populations.

South America, Africa, and Asia

Herbert B. Tanowitz, MD
Dr. Herbert Tanowitz, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases),  is the principal investigator on a NIH Fogarty International Center Research Training Grant, training biomedical scientists and health professionals from Brazil in infectious diseases research in order to enhance their capabilities to combat the intractable infectious diseases endemic in Brazil. A second grant, Geographic Medicine and Emerging Infections, provides a multidisciplinary educational program for predoctoral fellows, postdoctoral research and clinical fellows at Einstein. Trainees are offered opportunities to pursue translational research in collaboration with international collaborators in Brazil, India and South Africa. 

Chagas Disease is Going Global
Research by Dr. Herbert Tanowitz sheds light on Chagas disease, a vector-borne tropical disease now rising in the U.S.

 
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