SDSU MHIRT Taiwan Training Program site description

MHIRT Taiwan program trainees conducting research at Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU), located in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung. KMU is a major research university attached to the Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital. MHIRT trainees spend eight weeks in research labs located in various different university departments. The specific lab and research project is chosen by the individual student in consultation with the MHIRT program directors and KMU professors. A new list of available research projects is prepared by KMU staff each year based upon KMU researchers’ ongoing and planned research agendas. Previous projects selected by SDSU MHIRT trainees include:

  • “Anti-melanoma: anti-skin cancer” (mentor: Dr. Hui-min Wang)
  • “Skin-whitening: melanin production” (Dr. Hui-min Wang)
  • “Anti-melanoma drug screening and target protein identifying” (Dr. Hui-min Wang)
  • “Gene polymorphisms of chronic kidney disease” (Dr. Ruei-nian Li)
  • “Cellular gene promoter methylation status in tumor patients” (Dr. Ruei-nian Li)
  • “The effects of electrical stimulation on improving fatigability and drowsiness for drivers” (Dr. Lan-yuen Guo)
  • “The Effect of Different Backpack Carrying Weights and Exercise Training for Elementary-school-aged Children” (Dr. Lan-yuen Guo)
  • “Biomechanical and Neurophysiological Investigation of Mechanical Neck Disorder” (Dr. Lan-yuen Guo)
  • “Quantification of Trunk Position, Efficacy of Different Stabilizing Exercise Aaractive E-Book Intervention for Elementary-School-Aged Children” (Dr. Lan-yuen Guo)
  • “Anti-oral cancer drug screening from natural products” (Dr. Hsueh-wei Chang)
  • “Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Anticancer Agents” (Dr. Jeh-Jeng Wang)
  • “Gene analysis by capillary electrophoresis” (Dr. Shou-Mei Wu)
  • “Transcultural study of sleep paralysis” (Dr. Chung-Yao Hsu)
  • “The International Interaction Program of Natural Products and Traditional Chinese Medicine, from Bench to Clinic” (Dr. Fang-rong Chang)

For more information about this site, please contact Taiwan Program Director Matthew Combs

Prepared by Matt Combs, Taiwan Program Director, January 2, 2014


SDSU MHIRT Uganda Training Program site description

This is the first year the Uganda site has participated in the SDSU MHIRT Training Program and the faculty are very enthusiastic for both an expected superior experience for the students as well as for the benefits from their contributions. Students will be immersed in an established multi-faceted HIV program, within a community public health approach. Uganda was one of the earliest African countries to recognize the emergence of HIV within its population – and responded with a comprehensive, aggressive approach. Over the past 30 years, HIV remains a challenge to the people of Uganda, and is a disease which transects society, has clinical, social, and economic consequences, and requires biological, behavioral, and structural strategies for control.

Students will be primarily based in Kampala, however this USG supported program is serving communities across the country. The first two weeks will consist primarily of familiarization with the program elements, as listed below, and also will include field trips allowing students to interface with health care providers, patients, HIV researchers (Ugandan and US), NGOs, and important populations such as orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). Advantage will be taken of the research intensive Makere University as well as the numerous U.S. university research programs based in Kampala. During this time, options for specific research projects will be discussed with a goal of formalizing the project in the third week. Projects will be public health assessments, and will be data based, either qualitative or quantitative, and may have a public health education intervention as an outcome. A faculty mentor will be assigned to each student, dependent on the particular topical area. Additionally students will have an opportunity for service related activities such as leading constructional activities with the OVC’s.

Active program areas include:

  • Clinical management of HIV in adults and children
  • Laboratory diagnostics in HIV and co-infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Diagnosis and management of Tuberculosis
  • Infection control and injection safety
  • Sexual prevention of HIV
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision (including a device clinical trial)
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission
  • Empowerment of OVC’s
  • Strategic Information Systems

Prepared by Stephanie Brodine, Uganda Program Director January 8, 2014


  • Topic: “The Use of Ethnobotany to Treat Diabetes”

MHIRT trainees travel to Ghana to perform research on diabetes using ethnobotany methods.

In addition to their individual research projects, students on the MHIRT project in Ghana are trained to do the following:

  • gather the supplies and equipment needed to perform organic chemistry studies in a remote location
  • extract critical elements from plants
  • use silica gel chromatography, alkaloid detection, and HPLC methodology

Before traveling, students had to complete background research on diabetes.

  • For more information about this program please contact:

Dr. Estralita Martin

Past sites and research have included…

  • Cancer Research at the University of Oxford, U.K.
  • Cardiac Cell Studies at the University of Padua, Italy
  • Motor Control Studies at the University of Kuopio, Finland
  • AIDS Field Studies in South Africa
  • Studies on Domestic Violence in Mexicali and Monterrey, Mexico
  • Field Ecology Studies in Baja California, Mexico
  • Studies of the function of bacterial recombinase in DNA replication in Sydney, Australia
  • HIV-I research in Rome, Italy
  • HIV and KSHV research in Uganda