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photo of Mozambique health center

This research initiative is focused on the development of strategies to support facility- and community-based health workers who endeavor to provide quality care in very low-resource settings. This is part of the global effort to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries and to provide patient-centered care while respecting the motivation and abilities of the health workers themselves.

Newborn baby

This project studies how women and their caregivers identify complications during childbirth and decide to seek skilled care. In future phases, the project will examine how such local theories interact with economic and structural barriers to influence care-seeking trajectories.

Mother and baby lemurs

This project investigates the infectious disease exchange between human and nonhuman primates using two mycobacterial diseases – tuberculosis and leprosy – as case studies.

Illustration of doctor checking patient's throat

The long-term goal of this collaborative ASU-Mayo Clinic project is to develop new techniques of functional electrical stimulation to accurately and reproducibly control the state of all the intrinsic laryngeal muscles involved in producing voice. 

Bar code

This project applies a new health care regulation on unique device identification (UDI) to the patient care setting and has high potential to inform U.S. health care.It will investigate the use of UDI technology in surgical services at Mayo Clinic Arizona, where an automated barcode system will serve as a model for an implemented UDI system.

Blood collection tubes

This project examines the co-evolution of humans and our pathogens using an anthropological perspective that incorporates both evolutionary time depth, and short-term individual and species histories.

TB stain

This research addresses the issue of tuberculosis evolution in the Americas through the study of skeletal collections from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including those held at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). 

Sea lion on rocks

This project will provide insight into the process by which pathogens adapt to new hosts and the impact of human migration and interaction on the spread of pathogens in the past. Researchers will test the hypothesis that prehistoric TB in the Americas was caused by strains in the M. tuberculosis group or complex (specifically strains found in seals and sea lions) that “jumped” into humans and then spread from human to human, moving north from South America into Central and North America via trade routes.

TB mycobacterium

The goal of this project is to analyze ancient DNA from skeletal samples dating before, during and after the “Age of Exploration” that show evidence of tubercular bone lesions and integrate these data with those of modern strains of tuberculosis to assess the evolutionary history of tuberculosis and its effects on human history.

Dr Amber Wutich

The Science of Water Art project is a collaborative research project involving professionals, community members, college students and children, examining the role that water plays in each of our lives. Specifically, the project provides insights into how Arizona youth view the vital resource of water as they share perceptions of climate change and water insecurity through art.