On June 3rd and 4th, 2013, Dr. Schadt visit the UC Davis campus as the Storer Family Endowment Lecturer in Major Issues in Molecular Biology. The title of his presentation was: “Leveraging the Digital Universe of Data to Construct Predictive Models of Disease”. Dr. Schadt is an internationally recognized expert on the generation and integration of very large-scale sequence variation, molecular profiling and clinical data in disease populations for constructing molecular networks that define disease states and link molecular biology to physiology. His research has provided novel insights into what is needed to master diverse, large-scale data collected on normal and disease populations in order to elucidate the complexity of disease and make more informed decisions in the drug discovery arena. He is a very sought after collaborator speaker and advisor. Dr. Schadt’s knowledge and experience, managing big data sets and the structure and function of genomes is relevant to addressing health disparities on a global scale.
GHS was featured on the front page of the Winter 2013 issue of fullyENGAGED, a newsletter from the University Outreach and International Programs here at UC Davis. Titled “Reinvigorating the Sundarban Delta,” the article sheds light on a current GHS project geared towards “promoting health and economic development through improved nutritional and agricultural education and research” in India’s Sundarban Delta. The Sundarban Delta region was severely impacted by Cyclone Aila in 2009, and inhabitants of the region have since been caught in a cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and disease that is often characteristic of rural, climate-challenged areas.
Along with their partner and collaborator, the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, GHS will design and implement an interactive, community-based research program to mitigate nutritional deficiencies through the use of locally grown, regional, traditional foods and promote economic growth through the introduction of an appropriate community-based agro-economic system that encompasses small-scale entrepreneurship opportunities for women and identification of suitable climate-resilient crops. One goal will be to further health and economic development by identifying optimal farming practices to better equip individuals to cope with cyclone-associated flooding in the future.
We would like to thank the UC Davis University Outreach and International Programs for providing the seed funding necessary to begin Sundarbans project. We are still growing!
University Outreach and International Programs website, http://uoip.ucdavis.edu/
“Last weeks ‘Girl Rising’ showing to kick off Girls Who Code held at UC Davis was inspriring. One of the girls’ stories really struck me. After 2010’s Haitian earthquake destroys litttle Wadley’s home and school, the small but never daunted girl finds herself climbing out of the rubble in search of a shanty school where she can continue her education. When turned away, Wadley’s proclamation, ‘I will come back every day until I can stay,’ left not just a smile on my face, but a irrepressible faith that this spirited young girl from Haiti would fight harder and harder with passing time for her education. All I could think was, ‘Get it, girl!'” —Megan
Riding on the wave of success of the innaugural event that took place in New York City last October, we at Global HealthShare are honored to be teaming up with Intel this summer to bring Girls Who Code to the West Coast. If you or a girl you know is interested in applying, check out the GWC website: http://www.girlswhocode.com/applynow.
Girl Rising, http://girlrising.com/
Girls Who Code, http://www.girlswhocode.com/
This summer, Global HealthShare is teaming up with Intel to bring “Girls Who Code” to UC Davis. Now in its second year, Girls Who Code aims to educate and inspire 13- to 17-year-old girls to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.
Girls Who Code will kick off tonight, Thursday, March 7 with a premiere screening of a new documentary, “Girls Rising.” The film tells the stories of nine girls growing up around the world with the voices of stars including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep.
More: Girl Rising trailer
The GHS team would like to congratulate our very own Professor Ray Rodriguez, Executive Director, for being elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for both distinguished contributions to fundamental research in molecular biology and genomics and for his work in administration, especially in developing international collaborations leading to the rice genome project. Ray is also director of the Center for Nutritional Genomics at UC Davis and co-founder of GHS. We are all proud of you!
“‘Increasing global economic citizenship, one healthy village at a time’ is not just a great tagline, but also an inescapable reality of working in the developing world. It expands on another great tagline, “start small, build smart.” We are confident that a few local successes will propagate a tidal wave of village successes fueled by enlightened self-interest and the power of social media.”
-Ray Rodriguez, Executive Director