Improving Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Malnutrition in Children
Panamanian medical researcher Ricardo Correa, a biologist at the Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas Avanzadas y Servicios de Alta Tecnología – AIP in Panama City, worked in 2007 and 2008 at the U. Va. School of Medicine with Dr. Richard Guerrant, Director of the Center for Global Health, and Biology Professor Michael Timko. Ricardo learned techniques to further his research on the link between intestinal diseases and malnutrition.
Dr. Azael Saldaña, Investigator with the Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud, and his assistant, Vanessa Pineda, came to U. Va. in 2008 to learn new diagnostic tests for intestinal pathogens so they can launch a new field study of these pathogens as potential causes of malnutrition and of diarrhea in the poor rural community of Santa Fe.
In summer 2010, UVA medical student Elena Jimenez-Gutierrez and ETP 2009 graduate Elizabeth Ritch are working with Gorgas Institute researchers on Chagas disease and on the connection between enteric disease and malnutrition.