The Division of Community Engagement

Global Health Rounds

The Global Health Program had hoped to present our final 3 Rounds presentations of the 2019 - 2020 academic year over the next few weeks however, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have been unable to secure the researchers we scheduled and were hoping to schedule.  U of A researchers such as Dr. Ilan Schwartz for example, are currently part of a joint University of Alberta, University of Manitoba and McGill University research project comparing the drug hydroxychloroquine to a placebo to determine if it is effective in preventing the onset or progression of COVID-19 disease.  To learn more about this clinical trial or to volunteer as a subject, go to this link. To follow Dr. Schwartz on Twitter go to @GermHunterMD

Dr. Mathias Gotte, Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at U of A is leading research into the application of the Ebola drug Remdesivir to treat COVID-19.  The drug acts to  inhibit the virus’ ability to replicate within human cells.  For more information on this research go to the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  To follow the latest developments from the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology on Twitter go to @UAlberta_MMI

The overall theme of Rounds is health of the underprivileged regardless of location and addressing disparities. Subject matter ranges from health determinants of specific populations (e.g. children, mothers, marginalized communities) to the burden of disease (e.g. malaria, HIV). The audience is encouraged to propose topics for future Rounds.

Faculty members, students and residents undertaking global health research or programs, or research in related topics, will often make presentations. Presenters have covered subjects as diverse as the impact of environmental change on sustainable health and the challenge of poverty in reaching the Millennium Development goals. Students of health sciences faculties undertaking global health electives or field work are also encouraged to present their work.

Please contact GHFoMD@ualberta.ca for further information and if you are willing to present at Rounds.   More information about Rounds is also available if you subscribe to our Global Health Monthly.

Note:  Students who attend Global Health Rounds can claim their attendance for credit toward the 12 Hour Global Health Elective.


Global Health Rounds, May 11, 2020 with Zaid Tahir from the Students Invested in Health Association (SIHA) discusses SIHA's work in Tanzania.  He describes various projects SIHA has worked on in the East African country since 2012 in collaboration and partnership with local communities.  For more information about SIHA go to their website here.