Our Harvard MIRT Fellows presented their MIRT summer research findings at the April 3, 2016 New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. The annual symposium is an opportunity for college students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to share their biomedical and health-related research activities.
A new research article written by our MIRT fellow Ornella Rutaragama (MIRT Site: Ethiopia 2014) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Sleep Disorders. The article examines the extent to which symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are associated with the odds of common mental disorders (CMDs).
The findings of Rutaragama et al., 2015 emphasize the comorbidity of sleep disorders and CMDs and suggest that there are benefits to investing in educational programs to extend knowledge of sleep disorders in young adults.
Michelle A. Williams, S.M. ’88, Sc.D. ’91, a distinguished epidemiologist and award-winning educator known for her influential studies of maternal and child health around the world, will become the next dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, starting in July. Read about Dr. Williams’ distinguished career and new appointment here.
Inside this issue, we profile three alumni who have received support from the Double Eagle Scholarship to participate in the MIRT Program. We also highlight MIRT alumni Isabel Morgan. Since her 2014 MIRT Fellowship, Isabel co-founded Crafting Change Agents, a program that aims to promote cultural understanding between black Americans and South Africans, encourage civic engagement, and empower scholars to pursue leadership positions in their respective communities. Our newsletter highlights two new research studies from our MIRT Fellows and spotlights alumni Dr. Roberto Orellana, who participated in a MIRT Fellowship in Peru in 2003.
A small selection of photos from the winter newsletter are highlighted below.
Hazar Khidir, was a MIRT Fellow in 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hazar worked on a project titled “Sleep quality and sleep patterns in relation to consumption of energy drinks, caffeinated beverages, and other stimulants among Thai college students” (Sleep Breath. 2013). This project highlighted the need to educate students on the importance of sleep and the influences of dietary and lifestyle choices on their sleep quality and overall health. Hazar is currently attending Harvard Medical School.
In the video below, Hazar speaks about her experiences in Ethiopia and the great benefits of participating in the Harvard MIRT program.
Alvin Tran was a MIRT Fellow in 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Alvin worked on a project titled “Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome among Working Adults in Ethiopia” (Int J Hypertens. 2011). This project helped highlight the growing problem of non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
In the video below, Alvin speaks about his experiences in Ethiopia and the great benefits of participating in the Harvard MIRT program.
In addition to their research and travel experiences, our MIRT students are also exceptional photographers! Below is a sample of the outstanding photos they took during their MIRT 2015 fellowships in Peru, Chile, and New Zealand this past summer.
Our MIRT 2015 fall newsletter is here! Inside this issue we highlight two new research studies from our 2014 MIRT Fellows and spotlight alumni Dr. Eyob Mazengia. Dr. Mazengia participated in a MIRT Fellowship in Zimbabwe in 1995. Our 2015 MIRT Fellows also share their post-trip reflections and more beautiful photos from their summer experiences in Peru, Chile, Ethiopia, and New Zealand.