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U.S. relations with Iran may be strained on the diplomatic front but scientific engagement between the two countries is flourishing
A growing number of research and research training collaborations are being established between U.S. scientists and those based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Some involve NIH extramural funding, others result from Visiting Scientists who come to the NIH campus. An increasing number of NIH scientists are also traveling to the region to meet with their counterparts and collaborate on research questions of common interest.
This growth in investments and engagement, despite budgetary and political challenges, is significant since the region offers much potential with a disease burden similar to that in the U.S. - high rates of diabetes, heart disease, mental disorders and cancers. The region also offers unique potential given genetic background, family structures and relatively high occurrences of some diseases considered rare in the U.S. that are difficult to research without foreign partners.
Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank, Yemen
Stacy Wallick, M.P.H.Acting International Program Officer for Sub-Saharan AfricaDivision of International RelationsFogarty International Center National Institutes of Health Building 31 Room B2C11 Bethesda, MD 20892-2220 Telephone: (301) 496-4784 FAX: (301) 480-3414Email (preferred): Stacy.Wallick@nih.gov
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