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.
A small selection of photos from the fall newsletter are highlighted below.
We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!
MIRT 2014 fellow Jayne Rice authored an article on the extent to which maternal pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity status is associated with high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), poor sleep quality, and excessive daytime sleepiness in pregnant women in Lima, Peru. The research article titled “High risk for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders among overweight and obese pregnant women” was recently accepted for publication in the journal BMC Pregnancy Childbirth.
This study, when coupled with earlier reports, have important clinical and public health implications, because pregnant women with symptoms of OSA are at higher risk of adverse pregnancy and perinatal outcomes. This findings highlight the clinical and public health implications for OSA screening and treatment among reproductive age and pregnant women in low and middle income countries.
Happy summer from the MIRT Program office! Our summer issue of the of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT/MHIRT Program newsletter is here. Inside this issue we highlight research studies and spotlight alumni. Our 2015 fellows also share reflections on their summer experiences in Chile, Peru, Ethiopia, and New Zealand.
A small selection of photos from the newsletter are highlighted below. We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!
Chantel Bonner (MIRT 2014 New Zealand fellow) co-authored an article with Dr. Lee Stoner titled “Reliability of oscillometric central hemodynamic responses to an orthostatic challenge.” The article was accepted for publication in the August 2015 issue of the Journal Atherosclerosis.
A brief abstract after the jump.
MIRT 2014 New Zealand fellows Yves Young and Parirash Abdolhosseini co-authored an article with Dr. Lee Stoner on the effects of posture and fasting on the reliability of central blood pressure readings.
The research article “Reliability of oscillometric central blood pressure and wave reflection readings: effects of posture and fasting” was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Hypertension.
Our spring issue of the MIRT 2015 Spring Newsletter is here. Inside this issue we introduce our 2015 MIRT fellows, highlight research studies, and spotlight alumni. We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!
Dr. Michelle A. Williams received a mentoring award at the 2015 Commencement Eve Awards Celebration. Each year, mentoring awards are presented to faculty at the Chan School of Public Health based on student nominations. She received the award from our own Alvin Tran (MIRT fellow 2010). Alvin is currently a second year doctoral candidate in the ScD Nutrition Program at the Harvard Chan School and the outgoing President of the Harvard Chan Student Government. Congratulations Dr. Williams!
See more photos from the event here.