|Mr. Justin Parizo recently finished his third year of medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Before attending UCSF, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Parizo’s work experience in health care began as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Los Angeles. As an undergraduate he also began to cultivate his interests in global health by founding and leading the UCLA chapter of Global Medical Brigades, through which he had opportunity to work in Honduras.
After graduation, he continued his work with Global Brigades as an advisor helping university clubs coordinate cultural and medical experiences abroad. He has also helped to film a short promotional documentary on Global Brigades’ work in Panama; coordinated and lectured for a UCSF elective focusing on the relationship of conflict and health in the U.S. and abroad; co-authored a module for the UCSF Global Health Education Consortium entitled “Global Health Actors and their Programs”; and helped to coordinate a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake relief. These international and global health experiences have informed Mr. Parizo’s research interests, leading him to study malaria. During his first year of medical school he received the UCSF Dean’s Summer Fellowship, and he recently co-authored a paper entitled “Surveillance for malaria elimination in Swaziland: A national cross-sectional study using pooled PCR and serology”. He is interested in pursuing a career in adult or pediatric infectious disease and plans to continue to research diseases with large global and developing world burdens throughout his career.
Mr. Parizo’s Fulbright research project, “Utilizing GIS to Evaluate of the Effects of Urban Environments on Malaria Dynamics,” will retrospectively study the effects of urbanization on the spatio-temporal dynamics of malaria locally and nationally in India by utilizing retrospective data. The first phase of his project will allow him to study the local dynamics of malaria within large urban centers. This will involve characterization of the progression of epidemics in an urban environment from an “epicenter” utilizing mapping with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He will then try to identify factors associated with how malaria clusters in these urban environments. The second phase of his project will use GIS to describe how urbanization in India has altered the spatial transmission pattern of rural malaria.