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Researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh find first evidence that natural selection favors an individual’s tolerance to infection.
Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, was elected a foreign member of the Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters.
Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, has joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, effective September. The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation focused on improving human and animal health, noted Grenfell's more than 30 years of experience in researching the population dynamics of infectious diseases.
Global use of antibiotics is surging according to Princeton University researchers who have conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption around the world.
The study, "Global Trends in Antibiotic Consumption, 2000-2010," found that worldwide antibiotic use has risen a staggering 36 percent over those 10 years, with five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)— responsible for more than three-quarters of that surge, according to study auth
On a recent afternoon, 16 Princeton students pondered a sentence in a Saveur magazine story about candy shops in Buffalo, N.Y. The next afternoon, 16 other students explored questions of ethics spawned by a Rolling Stone article.
Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, has been awarded the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for bridging ecological research and environmental policy, economics and social science.
Two ENV students, Alexandra Kasdin ‘14 and Claire Gallagher ’14, are among 28  Princeton undergraduates featured in a global summer interactive map.
In the New York Times Ramanan Laxminarayan discusses the urgent need for a global agreement to manage antibiotic effectiveness as a global public good.
Ramanan Laxminarayan spearheads Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission report on global solution to antibiotic resistance including the impact on the environment.
On Friday, May 10th, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) hosted Discovery Day 2013 - a multidisciplinary poster session celebrating undergraduate senior thesis research on a wide variety of environmental issues.
Examining a case study of near-death experiences for six healthy men who volunteered to test an experimental drug in London has yielded important insights into potentially deadly over-reactions of the human immune system.
Along with two fellow undergraduates, senior and former Grand Challenges Health Intern, Raphael Frankfurter, receives Labouisse Award.
Infection with Klebsiella pneumoniae is a serious danger to older hospitalized patients, with an estimated mortality rate as high as 40 percent. It has generally been treated with broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotics. Another class of antibiotics, carbapenems, is used as an antibiotic of last resort for the most persistent infections.
In this study, we examine trends in the resistance of clinical K. pneumoniae isolates from acute care, long-term care, and outpatient settings across different US geographic regions. Using nationally representative surveillance data that encompass a longer time span and larger isolate count than has been used to date, we characterize the epidemiology of third-generation cephalosporin–resistant and carbapenem-resistant phenotypes of K. pneumoniae between 1999 and 2010. Results are stratified by
Through Princeton's Grand Challenges Initiative, Joao Biehl mentors undergraduates working on their senior theses in a variety of global and domestic settings.
A controversial program that uses the private market to provide affordable malaria treatments to people in Africa has dramatically increased access to care and should be continued, says Ramanan Laxminarayan.
The Health Grand Challenge (HC) is seeking proposals for innovative research and teaching initiatives that explore multidisciplinary aspects of global health and/or infectious disease.
Bacteria - including the MRSA superbug -may be more resistant to our most powerful antibiotics after a winter spurt of prescriptions, says a new study.
Spring/Summer 2012 Grand Challenges update.
A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online shows how seasonal changes in outpatient antibiotic use – retail sales of antibiotics typically get a boost during the winter – can significantly alter seasonal patterns of drug resistance.
Princeton students were in Peru to scout the area for their newest project: building a pipeline to bring drinking water to La Pitajaya's 150 residents.
Christina Paxson, dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and PEI Associate Faculty Member, has been selected to serve as the next president of Brown University.
Survivors of Hurricane Katrina have struggled with poor mental health for years after the storm.
The class focuses on the dynamics of vaccination against infections and the spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
Graduate Research Funding is available through the Health Grand Challenge and the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) for Princeton University Ph.D. candidates.
On September 30 and October 7, PEI hosted its 4th annual Summer of Learning Symposia.
PEI is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramanan Laxminarayan to Research Scholar in the Princeton Environmental Institute.
The award is presented during Class Day to a senior whose activities while at Princeton best represent or exemplify the University's informal motto, "Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of all nations."
Ramanan Laxminarayan, an associated faculty member of PEI, discusses his research on antibiotic resistance in the Economist.
Princeton seniors Hanna Katz, Karen Campion, Clare Herceg and John Torrey have been awarded 2011 fellowships from ReachOut 56-81, an alumni-funded effort to support yearlong public service projects after graduation.
Princeton University senior Emma Yates has won a prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which provides support for study at the University of Cambridge to students who show great promise in research.
As more bacteria become resistant to the most powerful drugs in our arsenal, new weapons are getting harder and harder to find. Why we need to change the way we think about treating infection.
It is summer in Princeton, and while the humidity and bees have arrived, nearly 100 Princeton undergraduates have left to begin summer internships through the PEI/Grand Challenges Internship Program.
When she teaches "Race and Medicine," Princeton professor Carolyn Rouse invites black students to leave class 10 minutes early. She explains that this time would be needed to make up for shorter life expectancy -- on average blacks live five to six years less than whites in the United States.
Esmann will be recognized for co-founding Global Minimum, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has undertaken numerous projects in Sierra Leone aimed at combating the spread of malaria while promoting development in the country.
This has been one of PEI's most enterprising years. We are pleased to share our exciting news with faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends.
Now in its third year of funding, the Grand Challenges Initiative, administered by PEI in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has created a diverse research and scholarship endeavor.
Princeton seniors James Bryant, Katie Hsih and Fatu Conteh have been awarded 2010 fellowships from ReachOut 56-81 to support yearlong public service projects after graduation.