By Martha Henry One tiny vial of blood contains a remarkable amount of genetic information about both the person from whom it was drawn and infectious agents like HIV circulating at the time of the needle prick. Because HIV mutates so quickly, having access to lots of samples to study is a valuable resource. “It’s a diamond for science,” said Sikhulile Moyo, Laboratory Manager at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute…
Young Researchers in Botswana
Three Harvard undergraduates spent last summer at the Botswana–Harvard Partnership (BHP). Under the direction of Max Essex, Chair of HAI, the students worked in the laboratory and designed research projects. They also kept a blog. Here are a few excerpts.
The Botswana Tumor Board: Medical Expertise to Africa for the Price of a Phone Call
By Martha Henry The 39-year-old woman, vomiting and with severe abdominal pain, was admitted to the Emergency Room at a Botswana hospital. Prior to her arrival, she hadn’t been eating well and had lost a lot of weight. She had never been tested for HIV. These facts were presented a few months later at the Botswana-Harvard Tumor Board meeting, held concurrently in a conference room at the Botswana Harvard AIDS…
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Ryan Davis: Back in the Lab after a Year in Botswana
In the summer of 2012, Dr. Ryan Davis started work as a post doc in the Essex Lab. He had just returned from a year at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute as a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow.
First Fulbright–Fogarty Fellows in Botswana
For the first time this fall, the Botswana–Harvard Partnership (BHP) will host two Fulbright–Fogarty Fellows. The program, sponsored in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. The first two fellows are Tessa LeCuyer and Dr. Ryan Davis.
Harvard President Visits the Botswana–Harvard Partnership
Harvard President Drew Faust toured clinics and laboratories of the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) on the first visit of a sitting Harvard president to Africa. (View a slide show here) Established in 1996, the BHP is a collaborative research and training initiative between the government of Botswana and the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI).
Viewpoints: Max Essex
Dr. Max Essex is Chair of the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI), the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences, and Chair of the Botswana-Harvard Partnership for HIV Research and Education (BHP). As the BHP celebrates its 10th anniversary, Martha Henry, Editor of Spotlight, asked Dr. Essex to reflect on past accomplishments and future goals of the BHP.
How the BHP Came to Be
By Martha Henry Maybe it all started with Deeda Blair, an early (and constant) supporter of the Harvard AIDS Institute. She introduced Max Essex, Chair of HAI, to Maurice Tempelsman in the 1980s.