Category Archives: Dr. Sten Vermund

Young investigators unearth important discoveries in global health

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Young investigators and Fogarty students presented select posters on global health at a special gallery during the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Boston last month. The event was sponsored by the National Insitutes of Health Office of AIDS Research, the Accordia Global Health Foundation and the IDSA Education and Research Foundation. In this video interview, Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University, discusses one of the student “highlights” of the evening – Krutika Kuppalli, MD, from the University of California, San Diego – and her research on HIV and leptospirosis in Chenai, India.

Ask an Expert: Breast feeding vs formula and mother-to-child HIV transmission

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In our first Ask-an-Expert submission, Emily Blynn from Washington, DC, writes: I have read in various places that for HIV positive mothers, if formula is not consistently available for some reason, be it financial or physical access or otherwise, consistent breastfeeding is less likely to transmit the virus to the infant than switching off and […]

Q & A with Dr. Vermund – Reflecting on PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

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Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, sits on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The SAB met for two days last week in Washington, DC, reviewing the current portfolio of PEPFAR-funded initiatives, the […]