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MIRT 2018 Summer Newsletter

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Our MIRT 2018 Summer Newsletter is here!

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.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

Construct validity and factor structure of a Spanish-language Social Support Questionnaire during early pregnancy

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.

Below is a brief abstract of the study “Construct validity and factor structure of a Spanish-language Social Support Questionnaire during early pregnancy.”

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Prevalence and Risk Factors of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Findings from a Universal Screening Feasibility Program in Lima, Peru

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.

A brief abstract of the study “Prevalence and risk factors of gestational diabetes mellitus: findings from a universal screening feasibility program in Lima, Peru” is below.

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MIRT 2018 Spring Newsletter

Harvard MIRT Fellows with friends at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during Harvard MIRT Orientation.

Our MIRT 2018 Spring Newsletter is here!

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.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

New England Science Symposium 2018

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.

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Association between migraine and suicidal behavior among Ethiopian adults

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.

A brief abstract of the study “Association between migraine and suicidal behavior among Ethiopian adults” is below.

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MIRT 2017 Fall Newsletter

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Our MIRT 2017 Fall Newsletter is here!

Inside this issue, we share our MIRT Fellows’ post-trip reflections from their summer research fellowships in Ethiopia, Peru, and Chile. We also profile alumni Dr. Lea Trujillo, who participated in the 1997 MIRT Program in Thailand. Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our MIRT fellows and faculty mentors.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse Experiences Associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among Pregnant Women

A research article written by our MIRT Fellows Omar Pineda and Diana Chaves (Peru 2015) was recently accepted for publication in the Annals of Epidemiology. Omar and Diana’s article examines the association between childhood physical and/or sexual abuse history and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during early pregnancy. The paper also explores the extent to which the childhood abuse-PTSD association is mediated through, or modified by, adult experiences of intimate partner violence.

A brief abstract of the study “Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse Experiences Associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among Pregnant Women” is below.

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Risk of Glucose Intolerance and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Relation to Maternal Habitual Snoring During Early Pregnancy

A new research article written by our MIRT Fellow Wayne Lawrence (New Zealand 2015) was recently accepted for publication in PLoS ONE. Wayne’s study investigates the association between habitual snoring during early pregnancy with the risk of impaired glucose tolerance and gestational diabetes mellitus.

A brief abstract of the study “Risk of Glucose Intolerance and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Relation to Maternal Habitual Snoring During Early Pregnancy” is below.

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Apply to be a MIRT 2018 Summer Fellow

The application packet for the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program for summer 2018 is now available to download. You can also apply online.

Review all application materials carefully. Additional information about the Harvard MIRT Program and the specific eligibility requirements for admission are outlined here. Please contact us if you have additional questions about your application.

It is your responsibility to submit all completed application materials by Friday January 5, 2018. Good luck with your application!

Harvard MIRT Fellows with program staff at the 2017 MIRT Orientation