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April 27, 2012

SickKids researchers strive to be the next Rising Stars in Global Health

The challenges may be grand, but the solutions are even grander!

Three SickKids researchers are showcasing their work as part of Canada’s Rising Stars in Global Health program.  

Implemented by Grand Challenges Canada, the program aims to tap into the creativity, knowledge and skills of emerging Canadian innovators to solve some of the most persistent health challenges in the developing world. Successful applicants will receive funding to address complex real-world challenges through a scientific or technological solution (new or existing), alone or in combination with social and/or business innovations.

The SickKids applicants are:

Shaun Morris, Clinician-Scientist, Infectious Diseases, Department of Paediatrics

A Portable Toolkit to Save Newborn Lives

Low-tech but high-impact interventions deployed in unconventional and creative ways could save hundreds of thousands of newborn lives each year. The idea is to develop and test an evidence based toolkit that will contain several items that will serve to reduce infection, identify at risk low birth weight newborns, and monitor for core temperature instability.  The kit will be trialed in difficult and remote settings in Pakistan and Kenya by lay community health workers with the goal of reducing deaths in the first month of life.

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Verena Brand, Research Fellow, Molecular Structure & Function

A Metabolomics and Proteomics approach to find Drug Targets Against Toxoplasma Gondii

The pathogen Toxoplasma gondii infects one-third of the world’s population and new drugs are needed for the treatment. In order to develop the necessary drugs or vaccine for this parasite, the idea is to learn more about how the parasite grows and multiplies within the human body.

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Yan Yuqing, PhD Student

Nutritional Intervention in Southwest Nigeria

The idea is to address malnutrition and obesity among women, children, youth and adults in Nigeria by implementing the following: nutrient deficiency screening and assessments, gene tests, healthy weight management through behaviour change, nutrition training and counseling interventions.

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The videos can be viewed until May 31. Grand Challenges encourages viewers to vote for their favourite initiative to help assess each project’s capacity to engage the public.