Category Archives: Research

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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Migraine and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among a cohort of pregnant women

A new research article written by our MIRT Fellows Rigoberto Perez Hernandez and Christina Aponte (Chile 2016) was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Headache and Pain. Their study investigates the association between migraine and post-traumatic stress disorder among women attending prenatal clinics in Lima, Peru.

Below is a brief abstract of the study “Migraine and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among a cohort of pregnant women.”

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New England Science Symposium 2017

MIRT Fellows at the New England Science Symposium

Our Harvard MIRT 2016 Fellows presented their summer research at the New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA on March 25th. The annual symposium is an opportunity for college students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to share their biomedical and health-related research activities. Click below for more photos from the 2017 New England Science Symposium.

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MIRT 2017 Winter Newsletter

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Our MIRT 2017 Winter Newsletter is here!

Inside this issue, we share details of MIRT Mentor Dr. Marta Rondon’s seminar in Boston and an interview with Dr. Cheryl Anderson (MIRT Senegal 1995). We also profile two recent alumni, Dr. Sonya Patel-Nguyen (MIRT Ethiopia 2008) and Thomas McHale (MIRT Republic of Georgia 2006). Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our alumni and share a sample of the photos our MIRT 2016 Fellows took during their fellowships.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

Poor Sleep Quality, Antepartum Depression and Suicidal Ideation among Pregnant Women

A new research article written by our MIRT Fellows Gifty Addae and Beemnet Neway (New Zealand 2015) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Affective Disorders. This study investigates the association between sleep quality, depression, and suicidal ideation among pregnant women attending prenatal clinics in Lima, Peru.

Below is a brief abstract of the study “Poor Sleep Quality, Antepartum Depression and Suicidal Ideation among Pregnant Women.”

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Association of Suicidal Ideation with Poor Sleep Quality among Ethiopian Adults

A research article written by our MIRT Fellows Idris Ayantoye and Joseph Okeiga (Ethiopia 2015) was accepted for publication in the Sleep and Breathing Journal. This study investigated the association between poor sleep quality and suicidal ideation among a population of Ethiopian adults.

Below is a brief abstract of the study “Association of Suicidal Ideation with Poor Sleep Quality among Ethiopian Adults.”

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MIRT 2016 Fall Newsletter

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Our MIRT 2016 Fall Newsletter is here!

Inside this issue, we share our MIRT Fellows’ post-trip reflections from their summer research experiences in Chile, Ethiopia, New Zealand, and Peru.

We also profile two recent MIRT alumni, Anjalene Whittier (MIRT Chile 2013) and Andrew Hillman (MIRT Thailand 2009). Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our MIRT alumni and share a sample of the outstanding photos our MIRT Fellows took during their fellowships.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

Diagnostic Validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) among Ethiopian Adults

A research article written by our MIRT Fellow Ijala Wilson (Ethiopia 2015) was recently accepted for publication in Comprehensive Psychiatry. This study evaluated the reliability and validity of using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) as a screening tool for major depressive disorder among adults in Ethiopia. The PHQ-2 is a brief questionnaire that has been widely used in other populations as a screening tool for depression.

A brief abstract of the study “Diagnostic Validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) among Ethiopian Adults” is below.

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Can an ecosystem approach to health promotion succeed where reductionism fails?

A research perspective written by our 2015 MIRT New Zealand fellows Wayne Lawrence, Beemnet Neway, and Gifty Addae with collaborator Dr. Lee Stoner was recently accepted for publication. The article will appear in the September 2016 issue of Perspectives in Public Health.

The article asks “Can an ecosystem approach to health promotion succeed where reductionism fails?” The current reductionist approach to the Western biomedical health model fails to address the complex multi-factorial environmental, socio-cultural and lifestyle behavioral determinants of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Here, the authors argue that application of an ecosystem approach to health care will aid in shifting the focus from treatment to the prevention of chronic diseases and thus reverse the rising global incidence of NCDs.

Perspectives in Public Health. September 2016. 136(5): 266-268. Read the full text here.