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Reliability of Oscillometric Central Blood Pressure and Wave Reflection Readings: Effects of Posture and Fasting

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.

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MIRT 2015 Spring Newsletter

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!

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Dr. Michelle Williams Receives Mentoring Award


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.

Orientation for our 2015 MIRT fellows

A two day pre-travel orientation program was held on May 7 and 8, 2015 at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health campus in Boston, MA.

This annual pre-travel orientation welcomes the new 2015 MIRT fellows and prepare them for their fellowship experience. The orientation provides opportunities to meet fellow MIRT students and program faculty, get important information on travel health, ethical conduct of human research, travel safety, and cultural competency while gaining hands on skills necessary for conducting their own epidemiologic research.

Thank you so much to all who participated in making orientation a success!

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Should the Governments of ‘Developed’ Countries be Held Responsible for Equalizing the Indigenous Health Gap?

A research commentary co-written by our 2014 MIRT New Zealand fellows Parirash Abdolhosseini, Chantel Bonner, Alexandra Montano, and Yves-Yvette Young was recently accepted for publication in Global Health Promotion.

The article asks Should the governments of ‘developed’ countries be held responsible for equalizing the indigenous health gap?

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Association of Decreased Serum Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Concentrations in Early Pregnancy with Antepartum Depression

A research article co-written by our 2014 MIRT fellow Jenny Fung was accepted for publication in BMC Psychiatry. The article is titled “Association of decreased serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) concentrations in early pregnancy with antepartum depression.”

A brief abstract is below.

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Sleep Disturbances and Quality of Life in Sub-Saharan African Migraineurs

A research article co-written by our 2014 MIRT fellows Isabel Morgan and Francisco Eguia was accepted for publication in the Journal of Headache and Pain.The article is titled “Sleep Disturbances and Quality of Life in Sub-Saharan African Migraineurs.”

This is the first study to examine the impacts of sleep disturbances and other quality of life effectors on Ethiopian migraine patients.

A brief abstract after the jump.

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