After majoring in biology in college, with an emphasis on the ecology and conservation of the tropics, Brenna worked for two years as a study coordinator at a cancer hospital. There, her interest in medicine and clinical research blossomed. She is now in medical school at the University of North Carolina, hoping to pursue a career that allows her to continue to participate in research. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, swim, bike, and spend as much time outside as possible.
Project: "Option B+: ART Safety and Durability during First and Subsequent Pregnancies"
June 6, 2016 - July 22, 2016
What does the Kean Fellowship mean to you?
The Kean Fellowship gives me the opportunity to participate in tropical medicine clinical research during the summer after my first year of medical school. I am able to experience firsthand what it takes to conduct research outside of the United States, and what hurdles have to be overcome in order to increase our understanding of diseases affecting those living in the tropics.
What do you anticipate learning?
I believe that I will achieve a greater understanding of the intricacies of clinical research conducted abroad. I also hope to come away with a better grasp on the burden of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. I will improve my analytical and research skills while also improving my understanding of the sociocultural factors impacting the spread and care of HIV.
What interests you about tropical medicine and what problems are you interested in solving?
Tropical medicine is a constantly evolving field that promises new challenges and avenues of exploration. Those affected by tropical disease are also some of the most underserved populations on our planet. I would like to work to improve our understanding of tropical diseases, and to improve the options we are able to offer those affected.