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CWRU global TB expert receives prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award
Date:5/6/2010

Anna Maria Mandalakas, MD, MSEpi, associate professor of Pediatrics, Global Health and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a 2010 U.S. Fulbright Scholarship. Beginning in August 2010, Dr. Mandalakas will spend 11 months in Tygerberg, South Africa in collaboration with Stellenbosch University to study the benefits of Isoniazid preventative therapy (IPT) on children infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Specifically, she will work to fill the gap between research and practice in the field of childhood tuberculosis focusing specifically on preventive therapy.

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. While abroad, Fulbright Award recipients are encouraged to progress their education through a number of academic and professional fields. As a distinguished Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mandalakas will analyze the social and economic barriers to the practical implementation of Isoniazid preventive therapy. In conjunction with that research, Dr. Mandalakas will participate in the education of medical students, research staff, and physicians while hosting a seminar series on designing clinical research.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to enrich my ongoing translational research with another dimension of operational research," says Dr. Mandalakas, a pediatrician with Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. "While implementing our present research in South Africa, we are so frustrated as we witness children not receiving the therapy we recommend that can prevent them from getting very sick. This Fulbright funded research is an opportunity to actually address that problem and hopefully make a difference in the health of many children."

A recognized international expert, Dr. Mandalakas has focused her work over the last
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Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
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