Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship provided medical students with the unique opportunity to conduct clinical research at an international site under the mentorship of Duke faculty.

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) has been discontinued.  The program, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, provided an opportunity for up to three US medical students to complete a yearlong international clinical research project in one of four partnership locations: Sri Lanka, Kenya, Peru or Tanzania. The final DDICRF Fellows are currently completing their research years in Kenya and Tanzania.

CONTACT: Lysa MacKeen, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning

Newest Fellows
2018-2019 fellows (L to R): Aarti Thakkar, Sruti Pisharody and Helen Wu Li

 

Fellow Profiles

2018

Emma Fixsen

Aarti Thakkar

Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor: Gerald Bloomfield
Fellowship project: Research strengthening referral systems of hypertensive care in Western Kenya.

Sruti Pisharody

Sruti Pisharody

Undergraduate:  Duke University
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Moshi, Tanzania
Duke mentor: Matthew Rubach
Fellowship project: Analyze patterns in community-acquired febrile illness and blood-borne pathogens in Africa. 

Helen Wu Li

Helen Wu Li

Undergraduate: Washington University- St. Louis
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor:  Peter Kussin
Fellowship project: Establish a survey trigger tool to identify surgery patients who may benefit from palliative care.

2017

Emma Fixsen

EMMA FIXSEN

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Art)
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Duke mentor: William Pan
Fellowship project: Study how local environmental changes affect dietary habits and subsequent mercury exposure; assess the impact of mercury exposure on maternal-fetal health outcomes.

TEMI GAFAAR

TEMI GAFAAR

Undergraduate:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Moshi, Tanzania
Duke mentor: Catherine Staton
Fellowship project: Study perspectives on palliative and end-of-life care at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center. 

CASEY SILVER

CASEY SILVER

Undergraduate: Amherst College (Biology)
Medical school: University of Rochester
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor:  Wendy Prudhomme-O’Meara
Fellowship project: Based at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Silver will study the prevention of malaria in children with sickle cell anemia.

2016

Cody Cichowitz

Cody Cichowitz

Undergraduate: University of Colorado (Applied Mathematics)
Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Moshi, Tanzania
Duke mentor:  Melissa Watt
Fellowship project:  Use implementation science to identify factors at both the facility and patient levels that support or obstruct women’s engagement in HIV care and to support the successful implementation of Option B+ in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.

Andres Mallipudi

Andres Mallipudi

Undergraduate:  Brigham Young University (Molecular Biology)
Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Duke mentor: William Pan
Fellowship project:  Investigate the effect of environmental changes on dietary habits and subsequent exposure to mercury in households near Peru's Interoceanic Highway with a focus on maternal-child health outcomes.

Faith Rialem

Faith Rialem

Undergraduate:  Hofstra University (Health Sciences)
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor:  Peter Kussin
Fellowship project:  Research knowledge and perceptions regarding palliative care among pastoral leaders in Uasin Gishu, in collaboration with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Moi University School of Medicine.

2015

Helena Frischtak

Helena Frischtak

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Neurobiology)
Medical school: University of Virginia
Fellowship fieldwork site: Lima, Peru
Duke mentor:  William Pan
Fellowship project:  Research human surveillance and determinants of Leishmania infection in collaboration with researchers from Duke University, the Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6) and the Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA)

Hussain Lalani

Hussain Lalani

Undergraduate:  Duke University (Neuroscience with a Global Health certificate)
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor: Peter Kussin
Fellowship project:  Investigate intensive care outcomes and mortality at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital through a retrospective chart review of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with a special focus on traumatic brain injury and sepsis

Claudia Leung

Claudia Leung

Undergraduate:  Northwestern University (Human Communication Sciences and Global Health)
Medical school: Northwestern University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor:  Gerald Bloomfield
Fellowship project:  Investigate the utility of group medical care and microfinance groups in the management of patients with hypertension and diabetes in rural western Kenya

2014

Rebecca Lumsden

Rebecca Lumsden

Undergraduate: Emory University (Anthropology and Human Biology)
Medical school: University of Massachusetts
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor: Gerald Bloomfield
Fellowship project: Explore the demographic and geographic factors associated with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in western Kenya. Work with Kenyan medical students to conduct a retrospective chart review of cardiology clinic patients at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to identify and map RHD patterns throughout the country.
 
Olajumoke Ogundare

Olajumoke Ogundare

Undergraduate: Clayton State University (Biology with a minor in Chemistry)
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Pune Maharashtra, India
Duke mentor: Truls Ostbye
Fellowship project: Conduct a community survey of rural dwelling elderlies in Pune Maharashtra, India, to measure the prevalence of 15 dimensions of health by age and gender and to assess their relationship to quality of life
Helen Zhang

Helen Zhang

Undergraduate: Duke University (Biology)
Medical school: Duke University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Moshi, Tanzania
Duke mentor: John Crump
Fellowship project: Analyze a mixed methods survey on zoonotic disease awareness and practices among human and animal healthcare workers in Moshi, and conduct a health program evaluation framework case study of a Good Clinical Laboratory Practices laboratory in Moshi

2013

Anubha Agarwal

Anubha Agarwal

Undergraduate: Columbia University (Biology with minor in Human Rights)
Medical school: Stanford University
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor: Gerald Bloomfield
Fellowship project: Investigate the cross-sectional associations between household air pollution (i.e., from traditional cookstoves) and cardiac structure and function using echocardiography

Julia Beamesderfer

Julia Beamesderfer

Undergraduate: Brown University (Biological Sciences with a focus in Cell and Molecular Biology)
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship fieldwork site: Moshi, Tanzania
Duke mentor: John Crump, Elizabeth Reddy
Fellowship project: Help manage data collection for a large field study assessing the impact and social ecology of bacterial zoonoses in northern Tanzania and design and lead a retrospective study examining the effect of physical proximity of HIV testing centers on testing uptake

Jing Ren

Jing Ren

Undergraduate: Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs)
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship fieldwork site: Eldoret, Kenya
Duke mentor: Wendy Prudhomme-O’Meara
Fellowship project: Examine whether tying an incentive program to specific indicators would encourage clinicians to follow the official test-then-treat policy promoted by the Kenyan Ministry of Health