Updates from the Center for Global Health Studies

January 9, 2018

We had another exciting year in 2017 at Fogarty's Center for Global Health Studies, where we aim to catalyze research to address global health challenges through multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue, collaboration and training. I am delighted to update you on our recent progress and provide a preview of 2018.

In May 2017, we kicked off the adolescent HIV prevention and treatment implementation science alliance, which addresses implementation challenges related to prevention, screening and treatment of HIV among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. This month, a second meeting will include training led by faculty at UNC and Wits University, with curriculum developed by Fogarty HIV grantees.

We hosted The Science of Stigma Reduction workshop in June. The meeting of U.S. and LMIC researchers informed the development and release of the new funding opportunity, Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and workshop participants plan to publish a journal supplement this fall.

In July, the Collaborative for Enhancing Emergency Care Research in LMICs brought together researchers to assess the state of the science and develop research agendas around registry, surveillance, resuscitation, emergency care systems and ethics. We are coordinating a journal supplement to be published later this year.

As a result of a 2014 workshop on the topic, a collection of articles on the prevention of childhood obesity in Latin America was published in September. Articles address nutrition, physical activity, research capacity, translation of evidence into policy and practice, and research priorities. We are working with NIH partners, and hope to catalyze more collaborations between U.S. and Latin American scientists in the coming year.

Since 2015, research to guide practice: enhancing HIV/AIDS platforms to address NCDs in low-resource settings has brought together researchers, implementers and government representatives to incorporate prevention, care and treatment for noncommunicable diseases into HIV/AIDS platforms in LMICs. Last year we made awards to support the development of models to estimate the burden of NCDs like cervical cancer, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease in people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Looking forward, we are in the midst of planning a workshop on strategies for advancing health research in humanitarian crises, which has garnered strong interest at NIH, USAID, CDC and the Wellcome Trust, among others.

As Fogarty celebrates its 50th year, we continue to build on, inform and complement the Center's programs. We also persist in identifying niche areas where we can be catalytic, and work closely with our partners inside and outside the NIH to further Fogarty's mission and enhance the impact of the Center's investments.

Best wishes in 2018!

Nalini Anand, J.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Global Health Studies

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