December 11, 2017

The NEST360° team is committed to scaling NEST across Africa to save 500,000 newborn lives every year. There has never been a better time to do this. The political resolve, both internationally and among African nations, to address neonatal deaths has never been strong...

December 4, 2017

The first clinical study of a low-cost, hand-held jaundice detector invented by Rice University students couldn’t have come at a better time for NEST360°, an international team of scientists, doctors and global health experts preparing for a Dec. 11 competition for $10...

September 19, 2017

NEST360°, a visionary 10-year effort to save the lives of 500,000 African babies per year, is a finalist for the MacArthur Foundation’s first $100 million 100&Change grant.

NEST360° is one of four 100&Change finalists named today by the foundation. One finalist will be...

July 7, 2017

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     Twelve years ago, Rebecca Richards-Kortum took a weeklong research trip to Malawi to see local hospitals and medical facilities. At one hospital, the bioengin...

June 8, 2017

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Local technology helps Malawi reduce childhood deaths by 72 per cent. It has been reducing its child mortality rates since 1990, through government funding...

May 25, 2017


Every day I go to work and am faced with tiny babies in need of life-saving care. As a physician, I know how to best care for these small and sick newborns, but I have to watch them strugg...


When Emily Johnson walked across the stage Friday at Rice University's commencement, her mom Mary's face beamed with pride. This is the dream of mothers everywhere - to see their children finish college healthy, happy and ready to m...

April 27, 2017


My hardest months were spent watching my newborn daughter cling to life. Had she been born in Africa, she would not have survived.

In 2006, Rebecca Richards-Kortum and I traveled to...

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360˚ Institute for Global Health
The 360˚ Institute for Global Health from Rice University focus on the need for better care of newborns in third world countries, where basic health care is...

February 23, 2017


HOUSTON - The Rice University Institute for Global Health is in the running for some big money that could help babies in need.

The department is up for a $100-million prize -- money they say would help them save babies in Malawi. The MacArthur Foundation searched...

February 16, 2017


For the past decade, a committed group of scientists at Rice University have been working to help improve the survival outcomes of babies born in Africa by impr...

February 15, 2017

Global health program’s Africa project is 100&Change semifinalist

HOUSTON — (Feb. 15, 2017) — At current rates of progress, it will take more than 150 years before a baby born in Africa has the same chance of survival as one born in the United States, but an internation...

November 18, 2016

By Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Maria Oden and Kara Palamountain

November 18, 2016

History shows that saving newborns is perhaps the most powerful key to initiati...

November 1, 2016

At a time when budgets for science and global health seem under threat, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, PhD, is doubling down on efforts to bring modern medicine to the developing world at a fraction of the cost. The Ric...

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