Category Archives: international

HIV Risk and Hormonal Contraception in sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers from the Kwon Lab at the Ragon Institute have published findings which indicate that HIV acquisition is up to 3.5 times higher in South African women using injectable progestin-only contraceptives (IPCs). IPCs are the most common form of contraception used in sub-Saharan Africa and are common in some areas of high HIV incidence.   […]

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Ragon Participates in 4th Annual Global Health Expo

For the fourth year in a row, the Ragon Institute International Program participated in the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Expo, sponsored by the Mass General Center for Global Health.   The event was held Wednesday, May 6 at the MGH main campus and over 40 organizations, representing multiple departments and specialties, were on hand […]

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Seeing the Future of African Science

Between 2005 and 2006, an outbreak of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) killed all but one patient at the Church of Scotland Hospital in Tugela Ferry, South Africa. The median survival time following diagnosis was a mere 16 days, and of the patients tested, all were co-infected with HIV. The situation was desperate, the fatality […]

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New Allies in the HIV Fight

This month, the MGH magazine Proto features the work of Dr. Krista Dong and the innovative FRESH Program in South Africa which partners with young women to research the earliest phase of HIV infection.   From the Proto Magazine article:   Nomcebo Msomi is a 22-year-old South African woman with a shy smile. She lives […]

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Third Annual Biostatistics Course Held in South Africa

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) hosted its third Interactive Biostatistics Course in Durban, South Africa.   39 scientists participated in the course at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) which was opened up to scientists from Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana and Cameroon.  Travel scholarships for these students was […]

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Makadzange Opens New Lab in Zimbabwe

A new Ragon Institute-associated lab has been recently opened at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. The goal of the lab is to facilitate translational research in Africa by encouraging clinicians and scientists to work together to identify critical research questions based on clinical observations and identify solutions in the lab.   The laboratory was […]

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Porichis Named Director of International Programs

Aug 27

Porichis Named Director of International Programs

The Ragon Institute is happy to announce that Dr. Filippos Porichis has been appointed the new Director of International Programs at Ragon.  This position was previously held by Dr. Marylyn Addo who vacated the position this summer to accept a position as  Director of the Division of Emerging Infections, Department of Medicine, at the University […]

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FRESH program empowers African women

Jun 24

FRESH program empowers African women

A new Ragon study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is enrolling its sixth cohort of women this month in a longitudinal study in order to identify and analyze participants immediately after they are infected with HIV.  Project staff is simultaneously providing job and life-skills training to the women in order to provide support to a community […]

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Second Annual Biostatistics Course Held in South Africa

May 16

Second Annual Biostatistics Course Held in South Africa

For the second year in a row, African scientists learned biostatistical methods with the ultimate goal of empowering them to be part of the solution to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.   Biostatistics is the application of statistics to a wide range of topics in biology including medical research. The collection, summarization, and analysis of data from […]

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HPP Graduates Four PhD and Five Masters Students

May 06

HPP Graduates Four PhD and Five Masters Students

On April 18, 2013, the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) graduated nine students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) graduate program. Over the past recent years, the HPP program has consistently had students mentored by HPP and Ragon faculty represented in the UKZN College of Health Sciences graduation program, a culmination of a productive education partnership […]

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