American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – January 2015; 92 (1)

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
January 2015; 92 (1)
http://www.ajtmh.org/content/current

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Editorial
Expanding the Toolbox in Pursuit of a Strain Transcendent Malaria Vaccine
Anne E.P. Frosch and Chandy C. John
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2015 92:1-2; Published online November 24, 2014, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.14-0662
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Environmental Surveillance for Toxigenic Vibrio cholerae in Surface Waters of Haiti
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2015 92:118-125; Published online November 10, 2014, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0601
Amy M. Kahler, Bradd J. Haley, Arlene Chen, Bonnie J. Mull, Cheryl L. Tarr, Maryann Turnsek, Lee S. Katz, Michael S. Humphrys, Gordana Derado, Nicole Freeman, Jacques Boncy, Rita R. Colwell, Anwar Huq, and Vincent R. Hill
Abstract
Epidemic cholera was reported in Haiti in 2010, with no information available on the occurrence or geographic distribution of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae in Haitian waters. In a series of field visits conducted in Haiti between 2011 and 2013, water and plankton samples were collected at 19 sites. Vibrio cholerae was detected using culture, polymerase chain reaction, and direct viable count methods (DFA-DVC). Cholera toxin genes were detected by polymerase chain reaction in broth enrichments of samples collected in all visits except March 2012. Toxigenic V. cholerae was isolated from river water in 2011 and 2013. Whole genome sequencing revealed that these isolates were a match to the outbreak strain. The DFA-DVC tests were positive for V. cholerae O1 in plankton samples collected from multiple sites. Results of this survey show that toxigenic V. cholerae could be recovered from surface waters in Haiti more than 2 years after the onset of the epidemic.

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The Development and Implementation of a Competency-Based Curriculum for Training in Global Health Research
Thanh G. N. Ton, Sophia P. Gladding, Joseph R. Zunt, Chandy John, Vivek R. Nerurkar, Cheryl A. Moyer, Nicole Hobbs, Molly McCoy and Joseph C. Kolars*
Author Affiliations
Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Abstract
The Fogarty International Center (FIC) Global Health Fellows Program provides trainees with the opportunity to develop research skills through a mentored research experience, increase their content expertise, and better understand trends in global health research, funding organizations, and pathways to generate support. The Northern Pacific Global Health Fellows Research and Training Consortium, which hosts one of the FIC Global Health Programs, sought to enhance research training by developing, implementing, and evaluating a competency-based curriculum that uses a modular, asynchronous, web-based format. The curriculum has 8 core competencies, 36 learning objectives, and 58 assignments. Nineteen trainees completed their 11-month fellowship, engaged in the curriculum, and provided pre- and post-fellowship self-assessments. Self-assessed scores significantly improved for all competencies. Trainees identified the curriculum as one of the strengths of the program. This competency-based curriculum represents a first step toward creating a framework of global health research competencies on which further efforts could be based.