Institute for Global Health Research

Undergraduate Research starts studying abroad with IGH

Research Opportunities in Merida, Mexico

There are a variety of summer opportunities available for students.  Programs are hosted by colleges and universities around the United States and the world. They provide an intensive research experience on a particular topic within a scholarly discipline. For undergraduates with plans for graduate or professional school after MSU, summer research provides the opportunity to expand your professional network and acquire experience in an area of interest. IGH is working with Merida, Mexico professionals to give undergrad students the experience on first basis on research, and grad students to co-conduct a research on infectious disease and produce their papers with the support of mexican recognized institutions.

Contact our office at or by phone at 517-884-3789 for more information.

Research Project in Malawi

Internationally recognized expert on malaria and other tropical diseases, University Distinguished Professor
Terrie Taylor, D.O.

Dr. Taylor spends six months of the year in the African nation of Malawi, conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children. The Blantyre Malaria Project, established by Terrie and Malcolm Molyneux, has carried out outstanding research and patient care in the area of pediatric malaria, specifically cerebral malaria.

With the help of Dr. James E. Potchen (MSU Department of Radiology) and General Electric Healthcare, the first magnetic resonance imaging unit (MRI) in Malawi was brought to the hospital. The MRI has been invaluable for treating patients and conducting research. She and her team have saved countless lives.

Cerebral Malaria Research

Our interventional clinical trial, “Treating Brain Swelling in Pediatric Cerebral Malaria,” is going well.

We’ve been randomizing cerebral malaria patients with increased brain volume to one of two arms (“usual care” or “immediate ventilatory support”) to date. We have been working closely with the Malawi equivalent of the FDA, the Malawi Pharmacy, Medicine and Poisons Board, to allow an osmotic agent, 3% hypertonic saline, to be imported into Malawi.

Research results

Recent success in the malaria field has shown that prevention works: expanded access to proven, cost-effective prevention tools has significantly reduced the disease’s global burden. The Lancet recently published an article about our research, past present and future (

One of Taylor’s current efforts is work on an NIH grant titled, The Intransigence of Malaria in Malawi: Understanding Hidden Reservoirs, Successful Vectors and Prevention Failures, which will enable her research to continue into the future

Dr. Taylor’s Ted Talk: Unlocking The Mysteries of Cerebral Malaria


To get involve you can contact Terri Taylor, D.O

Research Project in Uganda

Diversity and Abundance of Waterborne Viruses in the Southwest Region of Kampala- Uganda


Makerere University

Noah Kiwanuka, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Public Health

Stevens Kisaka, BVM, MPH
College of Veterinary Medicine
Animal Resources and Biosecurity

Michigan State University     

Irene Xagoraraki, PhD
Associate Professor
College of Engineering

John B. Kaneene, DVM,MPH, PhD
University Distinguished Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine

Our overall research project is to study the diversity and abundance of waterborne viruses in Kampala Uganda, identify sources, evaluate temporal and spatial distributions, and correlate with observed diarrheal disease.

To get involve and contribute please E-MAIL us.