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Mercy Asiedu: $15,000 “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Graduate Winner

Mercy Asiedu has received a 2019 Lemelson-MIT Graduate Student Prize, a prestigious award that recognizes young inventors who have dedicated themselves to solving global problems.


Asiedu Named 2019 Schmidt Science Fellow

Duke BME PhD student and Global Health Doctoral Fellow Mercy Asiedu selected as part of the 2019 cohort of Schmidt Science Post-Doctoral Fellows.

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Global Health Doctoral Scholar Wins Second CUGH Award

Mercy Asiedu, a fifth-year PhD candidate in biomedical engineering, received the CUGH/Wasserheit Young Leader Award at the 10th annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in Chicago this past weekend. Asiedu, a global health doctoral scholar at the Duke Global Health Institute, conducts research centered on using light to detect cancer in low-resource areas.

The Gynecological Exam Is Finally Getting a Makeover

The gynecological examination — compromising position, cold speculum, occasional cringey swab — has been an integral and infamous part of women’s health care in some form since around the 19th century. Traditionally performed in healthy women as a screening tool for several conditions, like gynecologic cancer, infections, and pelvic inflammatory disease — the gynecological exam is undergoing an overhaul, based on new data on its effectiveness and women’s comfort.

Three DGHI Faculty and Students Receive CUGH Awards

Founding Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) director Michael Merson, biomedical engineering and global health professor Nimmi Ramanujam and DGHI doctoral scholar Mercy Asiedu received awards at the 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in New York City this past weekend.

The Speculum Finally Gets a Modern Redesign

The medical gadget hasn't been revamped in almost 200 years. A group of designers hopes to change that.

Novel device aims to make cervical cancer screening more accessible

A novel vaginal inserter currently in development at Duke University for use with a miniature colposcope proved feasible for comfortable, speculum-free cervical image capture in a recent study.