Category Archives: Research

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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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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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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