Research Highlights

Many international travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, openly considered skipping the games to avoid the threat of Zika. Despite the fears, not a single case of Zika or its major neurological complication, microcephaly, more...
Led by researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, a study recently published in the European Journal of Immunology examines the effects of influenza and dengue virus co-infection in mice. The study found that co-infection increases more...
Parasite-carrying snails can travel long distances, spreading a deadly disease along the way, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. The study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance movements—as far as 30 miles—among snails more...
Experts at UCSF and UC Berkeley are teaming up to evaluate an m-health intervention designed to improve health care and nutrition for mothers and babies in India, with a 2-year, $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. more...
In many parts of the world, food insecurity and hunger overlap with the HIV epidemic. To learn more about the effects of food insecurity on HIV treatment and care, Sandra McCoy, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of more...
UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley researchers have mapped out how the Zika virus infects the developing fetus, and have found an antibiotic that blocks these routes of infection, at least in human tissue culture and placental explants. While this more...
Beijing and smog
China’s plans to curb Beijing’s health-damaging air pollution by focusing on restricting emissions from power plants and vehicles may have limited impact if household use of coal and other dirty fuels is not also curtailed, according to a new study more...
Map of Kenya
Street children and youth are a vulnerable and often stigmatized group at risk for many negative health outcomes. Despite being disproportionately affected by the HIV pandemic, they have been generally neglected in HIV prevention research. Colette more...
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a key culprit responsible for the fluid loss and resulting shock that are the hallmark of severe—and potentially fatal—dengue virus infections.  A team of researchers led by more...
A recent study by health economists examined the economic impact of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa. The findings, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, were that PEPFAR funding was associated more...
A large meta-analysis of 12 studies in sub-Saharan Africa found that women who used a type of injectable birth control had a moderately increased risk of becoming infected with HIV. The analysis was conducted by UC Berkeley School of Public Health more...
Jamaican toys
In the Friday (May 30) edition of the journal Science, researchers find that early childhood development programs are particularly important for disadvantaged children in Jamaica and can greatly impact an individual’s ability to earn more money as more...
The primary source of light for more than a billion people in developing nations is also churning out black carbon at levels previously overlooked in greenhouse gas estimates, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the more...
With support from a $4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) award, researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and three partner institutions are establishing a new program to train and educate researchers, educators and more...