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Risk of Common Mental Disorders in Relation to Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Ethiopian College Students

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.

A brief abstract of the study “Risk of Common Mental Disorders in Relation to Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Ethiopian College Students” is below.

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Dr. Michelle Williams to lead Harvard Chan School

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.

Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology Michelle Williams has been named Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology Michelle Williams has been named Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer.

MIRT 2016 Winter Newsletter

Our MIRT 2016 Winter Newsletter is 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.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

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Telemetry-Derived Heart Rate Variability Responses to a Physical Stressor

Alexandra Montaño (MIRT 2014 New Zealand fellow) co-authored an article with MIRT collaborator Dr. Lee Stoner. The article “Telemetry-derived heart rate variability responses to a physical stressor” was recently accepted in the January 2016 Issue of Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.

A brief abstract is below.

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MIRT Alumni Spotlight: Hazar Khidir

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.

MIRT Alumni Spotlight: Alvin Tran

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.

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MIRT 2015 Fall Newsletter

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 MIRT 2015 Newsletter are highlighted below.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

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High Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders Among Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women

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.

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MIRT 2015 Summer Newsletter

Happy summer from the MIRT Program office! Our summer issue 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 MIRT 2015 Summer Newsletter are highlighted below. We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

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Reliability of Oscillometric Central Hemodynamic Responses to an Orthostatic Challenge

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.

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