Global WACh

December 5, 2019

Researchers present findings at the 2019 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference

Last week, researchers from Global WACh’s Gut Health and Child Survival scientific priority area attended the 68th annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Conference in National Harbor, MD.  ASTMH founded in 1903, is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.  Experts envision a world free of tropical infectious diseases by generating and sharing scientific evidence, informing health policies and practices, fostering career development, recognizing excellence, and advocating for investment in tropical medicine/global health research.

Left to right: Hannah Atlas (MPH Student and Research Assistant), Dr. Rebecca Brander (Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Former Research Assistant), Dr. Christine McGrath (Assistant Professor, Global Health), Stephanie Tornberg-Belanger (PhD Epidemiology Student and Research Assistant)

Our researchers gave six oral presentations and presented six selected poster abstracts.  Topics ranged from childhood diarrhea and enteric diseases to implementation science approaches for mass drug administration to factors of hospitalized-based child mortality.  Scroll below to read each abstract and see photos from the conference.

Oral presentations

Thursday, November 21

Friday, November 22

Saturday, November 23

Dr. Arianna Means (Assistant Professor, Global Health) gave the opening presentation as the Symposium Organizer of the Achieving and Monitoring High Mass Drug Administration Treatment Coverage in Soil-Transmitted Helminth Control and Elimination Programs session.  Dr. Judd Walson (center; Professor, Global Health) participated in the panel.


  • “Correlates of high & low MDA treatment coverage: An implementation science approach” Arianna Means
  • “Azithromycin to improve survival: a solution for everyone?” Judd Walson
  • “Clinical implications of second hit infections: epidemiology of post-discharge deaths in Africa” Judd Walson

Selected poster presentations

Dave Namusanya (Social Scientist, Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust) and Dr. Donna Denno (Professor, Global Health) presented a poster on community attitudes on minimally invasive tissue sampling in Malawi.

Stephanie Tornberg-Belanger (Research Assistant) discusses her research findings with conference attendees.