Three students from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise have been selected as Healthy Appalachia Institute Global Health Scholars and will travel with the U.Va. Center for Global Health in Summer 2017.

With funding from Healthy Appalachia Institute Logan Baker, Bridgette McCarty and Rachel McGlone will join the U.Va. Minority Health International Research Training Program. A program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, MHIRT offers short-term international research opportunities to undergraduate student from health disparity populations underrepresented in the sciences. This includes racial and ethnic minorities, individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals from rural areas.

Logan Baker, a freshman biochemistry major from Clintwood,Virginia and Bridgette McCarty, a sophomore biochemistry major from Castlewood, Virginia will travel to Limpopo, South Africa. They will be working with students and faculty from University of Virginia and the University of Venda to extract DNA from stool samples that have been collected from children under the age of three and running quantitative PCR to find pathogens that have been identified to cause stunting in children. Their project is part of a larger effort working to determine the effectiveness low-cost point of use water filtration technologies to clean stored drinking water.

Rachel McGlone, a junior biology major from Ewing, Virginia will travel to Mbarara, Uganda. She will be working with students and faculty from the University of Virginia and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology to evaluate how exposure to carbon monoxide, food preparation and dietary habits impact esophageal cancer outcomes.

Since 2010, Healthy Appalachia Institute has funded UVa-Wise students to participate in global health research with the U.Va. Center for Global Health. Students have travelled to South Africa and St. Kitts and Nevis. This is the first year a UVa-Wise student will travel with the UVA Center for Global Health to Uganda. For more information on the Healthy Appalachia Institute Global Health Scholars Program please contact Margie Tomann, mtomann@uvawise.edu.