Fellow, Neurology, Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: University of Zambia
Research Interests: Evaluation of distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSPN) in HIV-positive Zambians
Dr. Kvalsund will spend her fellowship year at the University of Zambia in Lusaka and Mazabuka, under the mentorship of Douglas Heimburger, MD, MS. Her research will
focus on investigating the utility of screening instruments for identifying distal symmetric polyneuropathies (DSPN) in Zambian HIV patients. In addition, this study will investigate the characteristics of DSPN in this population and the impact of co-morbid nutritional and toxic etiologies on neuropathy progression and severity.
Dr. Kvalsund has been committed to a career in global health since her initial introduction to the field as a student of epidemiology and medicine at Michigan State University. Her prior experiences have included serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Zambia in 2003-2004 and a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2007-2008. In her final year of residency training at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Kvalsund received a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship and an American Brain Foundation Practice Research Training Grant to study HIV-associated peripheral neuropathies. Her research interests include the neurological sequelae of infectious diseases and health implementation research.