Michael Boivin, Ph.D., M.P.H. research study referenced in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Newsletter

Dr. Michael Boivin from MSU's Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology was recently recognized in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences online newsletter for his involvement with a 5-year NIH/NIEHS R01 study that aims to prevent konzo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Dr. Boivin teaching an International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) neuroscience capacity building courses as part of the MSU-AAP program

The 5-year NIH/NIEHS R01 project in the prevention of *konzo disease in the DR Congo is led by Dr. Desire Tshala-Katumbay, at Oregon Health and Sciences University and the University of Kinshasa.  Professor Boivin serves as a co-investigator, guiding the neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessment capacity building and research protocols for this study.  The February 2018 online newsletter mentions the MSU-AAP substudy that Professor Boivin leads, which is focused on preventing konzo in very young children.  Within a more comprehensive early childhood development training program (implemented in Professor Boivin's NIH-sponsored clinical trial research in Uganda), Professor Boivin's MSU-AAP substudy embeds a training program for mothers to learn how to detoxify their cassava flour.

*Konzo is a neuromotor and neuropsychological disease from the cyanide toxicity in poorly processed cassava flour, which is the basic food staple in many part of the Congo basin.  

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