Global WACh

November 24, 2020

Gut Health and Child Survival researchers present findings at virtual infectious diseases conferences

This month, researchers and collaborators from Global WACh’s Gut Health and Child Survival scientific priority area participated in two annual conferences virtually to share their latest research activities and discoveries related to pediatric infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases.

Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) – November 12-14, 2020
COR-NTD gathers researchers, program implementers, and their in-country partners with a shared goal of optimizing NTD control and elimination.  Dr. Arianna Means (Acting Assistant Professor, Global Health) participated in a video presentation titled, “Introducing the new NTD Community of Practice to the NTD community,” that highlighted a new Community of Practice (CoP) platform designed to support African NTD program managers.  Through the CoP, participants can learn from one another in-person and online and collaborate in the pursuit of reaching national and global NTD benchmarks. The video presentation also included representatives from the World Health Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Global Health Equity, and Program Manager panelists from Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Angola, and Uganda.  More information about the conference may be available online at a later date.


American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) – November 15-19, 2020
ASTMH is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. Dr. Judd Walson, Global WACh Co-Director, co-chaired the symposium session, “Chances and challenges for the control and elimination of soil-transmitted Helminth infections”.  His presentation in the session was titled, When a program appears to fail – determining failure of compliance or emergence of resistance.”

To read the available abstracts by research collaborators listed below, click here to find the Abstract Book. Hold the Control and F keys to pull up the search bar, then paste an abstract title in the search bar to read the summary.

  • Impact of gut microbiome organism Paracoccus aminovorans on Vibrio cholerea virulence
    Denise Chac, Kelsey Barasso, Meti Debela, Stephen Calderwood, Edward Ryan, Regina LaRocque, Taufiq Bhuiyan, Jason Harris, Firdausi Qadri, Wai-Leung Ng, Ana Weil
  • Gut microbiome community composition influences on diarrhea symptoms associated with E. coli Infections
    Kelsey J. Jesser, Angela Peña-Gonzalez, Janet K. Hatt, William Cevallos, Gabriel Trueba, Kostantinos T. Konstantinidis, Karen Levy
  • Experiences Strengthening Microbiological Laboratory Capacity in Rural Rwandan Hospitals to Catalyze Robust National Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
    Grace Umutesi, Lotta Velin, Moses Muwanguzi, Gilbert Rukundo, Aniceth Rucogoza, Carol Mugabo, Kara Faktor, Christian Mazimpaka, Jean de Dieu Gatete, Marthe Yankurije,
    Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Robert Riviello, Tharcisse Mpunga, Emil I. Mwikarago, Fredrick Kateera
  • Patterns of individual non-treatment during multiple rounds of community-wide mass drug administration for control of soil-transmitted helminths in the TUMIKIA trial, Kenya
    William E. Oswald, Stella Kepha, Katherine E. Halliday, Carlos Mcharo, Th’uva Safari, Stefan Witek-McManus, Elizabeth Allen, Simon J. Brooker, Sammy M. Njenga, Charles S. Mwandawiro, Roy M. Anderson, Rachel L. Pullan
  • Microbes and Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles Among Patients with Open Wounds in Three Hospitals in Rwanda: A Cross-Sectional Survey
    Fredrick Kateera, Grace Umutesi, Lotta Velin, Moses Muwanguzi, Gilbert Rukundo, Aniceth Rucogoza, Carol Mugabo, Christian Mazimpaka, Jean de Dieu Gatete, Lisa Bebell, Tharcisse Mpunga, Robert Riviello, Bethany HedtGauthier, Emil I. Mwikarago

(Unavailable abstracts)

  • Association between the gut microbiota at the time of oral cholera vaccination and development of Vibrio cholerae long-term memory B cells
    Includes Dr. Ana Weil (Global WACh research collaborator)
  • Multilevel Correlates Influencing Provider Adherence to Pediatric Treatment Guidelines in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
    Includes Dorothy Mangale and Kirk Tickell (Global WACh PhD trainees); Global WACh faculty researchers, Dr. Donna Denno, Dr. Arianna Means, Dr. Judd Walson; and Global WACh Research Coordinator Hannah Atlas