In this edition of the MIRT 2019 Summer Newsletter, we interview Massachusetts State Representative Jonathan Santiago (MIRT Fellow 2003). We also include alumni updates from Isabel Morgan (MIRT Fellow 2014) and Dr. Ursula Lang (MIRT Fellow 2002).
Lastly, we share an update on the accomplishments and legacy of the MIRT Program. The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has elected not to renew our Harvard MIRT Program. Although this is disappointing news, the Harvard MIRT (formerly UW MIRT) Program has been an exceptional program for 24-years with an impressive track record.
In this newsletter, we take the opportunity to provide a snapshot, highlight the success of fellows, and express a deep gratitude to all the MIRT Program family globally.
Let us all continue our commitment to addressing health disparities across the globe through research, training, and service.
Priority will be given to (1) pre-doctoral graduate students and (2) undergraduates with at least a junior standing by the beginning of summer quarter 2019.
Please review all eligibility requirements for admission prior to completing your application. Additional information about the Harvard MIRT Program and the specific eligibility requirements for admission are outlined here.
It is your responsibility to submit all completed application materials by March 25, 2019.
Inside this issue of the newsletter, we share our MIRT Fellows’ post-trip reflections from their summer research fellowships in Ethiopia, Peru, and Chile. We also include an update from alumni Dr. Laura Aguilar who participated in the 2010 MIRT Program in Peru. Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our MIRT fellows and faculty mentors.
MIRT Fellow Amber Domingue’s (Peru 2016) research article was accepted for publication in Psychology, Health & Medicine. Amber’s article examines the association of antepartum suicidal ideation with low infant birthweight, small for gestational age, and preterm birth.
A brief abstract of her study “Association of Antepartum Suicidal Ideation during the Third Trimester with Infant Birth Weight and Gestational Age at Delivery” is below.
Inside this issue of the newsletter, we share our MIRT Fellows’ mid-trip reflections from their summer research fellowships in Ethiopia, Peru, and Chile. We also include an update from alumni Dr. Alazar Haregu who participated in the 2013 MIRT Program in Ethiopia. Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our MIRT fellows and faculty mentors.
A new research article written by our MIRT Fellows Ana Manriquez Prado and Gabriel Santos (Chile 2017) was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Women’s Health. Ana and Gabriel’s study evaluated the construct validity and factor structure of the Spanish language version of the Social Support Questionnaire-6 during early pregnancy.
MIRT Fellow Stephanie Martinez’s (Peru 2016) research article was recently accepted for publication in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Stephanie’s study estimates the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and identifies maternal risk factors among women in Lima, Peru.
Inside this issue, we introduce our MIRT 2018 Fellows with new student profiles and include highlights from the Pre-Travel Orientation in Boston. We also present two new MIRT research articles and profile MIRT alumni Dr. Nicole de Paz. Lastly, the MIRT 2017 Fellows are highlighted for their recent research presentations at the New England Science Symposium.
Our Harvard MIRT Fellows presented their summer research at the New England Science Symposium (NESS) on April 8th, 2018. The annual symposium is held at at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. It is an opportunity for college students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to share their biomedical and health-related research activities.
At the symposium, Ana Andrade (MIRT 2015 Peru Fellow) received the first place Ruth and William A. Silen, M.D. Award for her oral presentation titled “Association of antepartum depression and generalized anxiety disorder with infant birth weight and gestational age at delivery.” Congratulations Ana!
Additional photos of the Harvard MIRT Fellows at the conference are below.
A research article written by our MIRT Fellow Bethannie Jamerson-Dowlen (Ethiopia 2016) was recently accepted for publication in BMC Psychiatry. Bethannie’s article examines the association between migraine and suicidal behavior (including suicidal ideation, plan, and attempts) among Ethiopian adults.