9/9/2011 8:00:00 AM
Professor Rashid Bashir, from Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering, and Gregory Damhorst, an MD/PhD who is pursuing a doctorate in Bioengineering, are on the team organizing the initiative.
The initiative plans to:
- Promote seminars with recognized scholars in the area of global health
- Provide first-hand exposure to global health issues for graduate students and faculty
- Create a Global Health Center on the Urbana-Champaign campus
In addition, students and faculty from the University of Illinois will travel in January to Ghana to do observational research of the challenges to health care in a resource-limited setting.
This project is being organized by a team of graduate students and faculty led by Professor Andiara Schwingel, from Kinesiology and Community Health; Lily Mahapatra, an MD/PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical Scholars Program; Professor Bashir; and MD/PhD student Damhorst.
The Initiative has been awarded a Focal Point grant from the Graduate College, and three student organizers have been awarded the O’Morchoe Leadership Fellowship from the College of Medicine to participate in aspects of the project.