Every year, millions of people in developing countries die from tropical infectious diseases. Rutgers scientists are leading an effort to help researchers in these countries discover botanical compounds with medicinal potential.
During a seminar with the Rutgers cohort of 25 young African leaders, institute director Richard Marlink led a discussion about mobilizing three essential strategies to end the epidemic: follow the science, treat the whole person, and expand the health care workforce.
Programs to prevent HIV in transgender women are helping to lower the rate of new infection, but better care and treatment of this vulnerable population are still needed, especially among those with lower income or people of color, according to a study led by core faculty member Henry Raymond, an associate professor at the School of Public Health.
Rutgers professor and pediatric infectious diseases expert Glenn Fennelly is featured in a five-part Contagion video series about measles. He discusses vaccination, individual state laws, exemption definitions, and the role clinicians and public health officials play in these measles outbreaks. Christina Tan, an assistant commissioner of health for New Jersey, is also featured.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. Rutgers scientists are part of a research team suggesting that bacteria may travel thousands of miles through the air worldwide instead of hitching rides with people and animals. Their “air bridge” hypothesis could shed light on how harmful bacteria share antibiotic resistance genes.