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Tulane will share in funding to mentor global health scientists

Tulane University is one of 20 institutions that will share more than $20 million to train the next generation of global health researchers, through funding from the Fogarty International Center.

fogarty_041012About $20.3 million in total will be awarded over the next five years to support 400 early-career physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and scientists on nearly year-long research fellowships in 27 low- and middle-income countries. The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars will provide five consortia of academic institutions with about $4 million each over five years, to support the training activities of a total of 20 partner institutions. In addition to Fogarty, 15 NIH institutes and centers plan to contribute funds to the effort.

Tulane is part of the consortium led by the University of North Carolina, which will also include Johns Hopkins University and Morehouse University.  At Tulane, the program will be led Pierre Buekens, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, through the Office of Global Health, an interdisciplinary program at Tulane that fosters educational and research opportunities in global health.

Each consortium will develop and support global health research training programs that provide focused mentoring for participants and diverse clinical research experiences at approximately 80 established research sites in low-resource settings. Program trainees will study traditional global health problems such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health, and will address the chronic non-communicable diseases that cause a majority of deaths in developing countries, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

"In combining the enthusiasm of today's young scientists with the knowledge and wisdom of America's global health leaders, we are forming a powerful network to produce a new generation of stellar researchers capable of working in the global arena," said Dr. Roger I. Glass, Fogarty's director. "This program will leverage the considerable experience, relationships and infrastructure the 20 U.S. partners have built in developing countries around the globe, together with the depth and diversity of their subject matter expertise, to ensure our alumni are well-equipped to tackle the world's most pressing health problems."

The program will enhance the career trajectory of the participants, strengthen the global health research programs at U.S. and foreign institutions, and will bolster networking among program alumni and senior scientist mentors. Eighty percent of the program's trainees will be post-doctoral fellows, with 20 percent entering as doctoral students.

Seventeen of the funded university participants are members of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, including Tulane.

Fogarty, the international component of the NIH, addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs and supports and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships. For more information, visit: www.fic.nih.gov. 

 

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