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Electives - Global Health

Geographic and International Medicine Research

Elective Number: 9797 (formerly 1510 international & research)

Rotation Supervisors: Center for Global Health - Dr. Richard Guerrant

Prerequisite: At least a month prior to beginning the rotation complete the Elective requirements on the Forms page. For Scholarship information, contact April Ballard, Program Supervisor, Center for Global Health 243-6383.

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks

Available: This elective is not available to visiting students

Time to Report: TBA

Place to Report: Geographic Medicine Office (3rd floor MR4 Building)

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: flexible 

Course Description: The student may engage in research pertaining to clinical or laboratory aspects of infectious diseases of relevance to the developing world. Current projects include studies of the mechanisms and roles of cytokines in and treatment of enterotoxic and other diarrheas, and malnutrition, microbial attachment to mucosal surfaces, the immunobiology of leishmaniasis, the pathogenesis of cryptosporidiosis, cytopathogenic mechanisms of Entamoeba histolytica, the regulation of Bordetella pertussis toxin production and its effects, and the role of small molecular weight G proteins (e.g.: rho) in signal transduction and apoptosis. Additional new projects include studies of glutamine and micronutrients in oral rehydration and nutrition therapy (ORNT). An additional research elective can be arranged with Drs. Mann, Pearson and Guerrant to explore ways to prepare teaching materials (graphics, photographs, text, etc.) on clinical tropical medicine, for placement into a teaching collection available on the World Wide Web under the Center for Global Health, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health in the Department of Medicine.