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.
Tuberculosis researcher Christopher Vinnard of Rutgers’ Public Health Research Institute is developing a urine test that can pinpoint—easily and resourcefully—the effectiveness of patients’ TB treatment dosages. This new test would be more accessible to clinicians in low-income countries.
Climate change is leading to a decline in fish populations, which could have a devastating effect on developing countries that rely on seafood for nourishment and livelihoods, according to a Rutgers-led study.
Nursing science faculty member Susan Caplan, an authority on the assessment and treatment of mental health issues in Latino communities, offers practical tips for developing cultural competence while working in global health.
Assistant professor Umer Hassan, who grew up in Pakistan, remembers being fascinated by the handheld tricorder used to diagnose medical conditions on Star Trek. Now, he is working to recreate some of that technology in real life. As an engineer and a global health researcher, Hassan is developing biosensors that can quickly and inexpensively detect infections in people living with HIV/AIDS in underdeveloped countries.