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Center for Global Health Studies

In partnership with NIH Institutes and Centers, the Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) identifies emerging research priorities and stimulates new scientific directions in global health, and supports multidisciplinary collaboration and short-term training to address pressing global health problems, complementing the strategic guidance efforts of Fogarty's Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation (DISPPE).

The Center convenes program implementers, policymakers and leading scientists from the NIH, low- and middle-income countries and the U.S. to discuss critical research priorities, opportunities and synergies around specific global health challenges. CGHS also moves the implementation science agenda forward by promoting relevant research methods and frameworks, and fostering the development of new approaches and skills to translate scientific evidence into health policy and practice. Supported projects aim to generate practical, science-based deliverables, such as publications in reputable scientific journals, training materials and tool kits.

Current Projects

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Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA)
Supporting implementation science to address HIV prevention, screening and treatment for adolescent girls in eligible PEPFAR countries.

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Lessons from the field: case studies in global implementation science
CGHS in collaboration with partner NIH Institutes and Centers and  key external organizations has developed a collection of global implementation science case studies. 

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State of Data Science for Health in Africa
An African-led writing project to describe the state of the field, highlight its importance, and stimulate new thinking on the topic.

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Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity
Highlighting innovative research projects on nutrition and food insecurity and health outcomes in global settings.

Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises
Convening researchers, humanitarian organizations and policymakers to share learning and strategies on conducting global health research in the context of humanitarian crises, such as armed conflict, natural disasters, forced displacement and disease outbreaks.

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Global Health Reciprocal Innovation
The Global Health Reciprocal Innovation project seeks to highlight how health innovations that have been researched, developed and implemented in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) can be adapted and adopted to address similar challenges in U.S. settings utilizing scientific methods such as implementation science.

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Promoting Equity in Global Health Research
CGHS in collaboration with partner NIH Institutes and Centers is exploring opportunities to further encourage and facilitate equity in global health research.

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Behavioral Economics in Global Health
Examining the use of behavioral economics in global health and identifying strategies to support its further advancement and use.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention Across Borders: The Promise of US-Latin American Research Collaboration
Catalyzing collaborations between U.S. and Latin American scientists on childhood obesity prevention.

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ESSENCE on Health Research
Helps donors and funders identify synergies, establish coherence and increase the value of resources and action for health research.

Past Projects

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Enhancing HIV/AIDS Platforms to Address NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa
An NIH / PEPFAR / LMIC collaboration of researchers, implementers and government representatives joining together to articulate goals, approaches and a research agenda to incorporate prevention, care and treatment for NCDs into HIV/AIDS platforms in LMICs.

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Science of Stigma Reduction: New Directions for Research to Improve Health
Convening U.S. and LMIC researchers, policymakers and program implementers focused on reducing health-related stigma across disease areas, populations and settings.

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Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network
A partnership to advance the science of uptake and scale-up of clean cooking technology in the developing world.

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Learning Collaborative for Implementation Science in Global Brain Disorders

Improving communications and collaboration between multi-disciplinary, multi-sector stakeholders with a focus on implementation science challenges related to neuro-health and brain disorders in LMICs.

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Advancing Emergency Care Research in LMICs
Articulating barriers and solutions to conducting research in emergency or acute care settings in low- and middle-income countries.

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Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Latin America: Opportunities in Science and Policy
A workshop to address factors relating to childhood obesity in Latin America; and a writing retreat to work toward a series of articles addressing the state of the science, pressing research questions, models for translation of evidence into policy and program, and research capacity building priorities.

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NIH-PEPFAR Prevention of Mother-to-child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) Implementation Science Alliance
A project to convene implementation scientists focusing on PMTCT, PMTCT implementers, and in-country policymakers to catalyze collaboration and communication, resulting in publications in leading journals.

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Global mHealth Research Training Institute
An in-person, scenario-based training institute to promote multidisciplinary research, implementation science and novel research methodologies to a cohort of researchers from diverse fields.

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African Journal Partnership Program (AJPP)
Partnering African journals with U.S. and U.K. journals to strengthen the ability of African journal editors to disseminate scientific findings more broadly.

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Brain Disorders in Low- and Middle-income Countries: a Vision for Future Research and Training
A writing retreat joining U.S. and LMIC researchers to work on articles articulating the current scientific landscape and research priorities related to brain disorders. The retreat generated a collection of articles, published as a supplement to Nature.

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Using Research Evidence and Capacity to Inform Tobacco Control in LMICs
A two-day workshop for leading researchers, funders, scientists, policymakers and other critical stakeholders in tobacco control on effective tobacco control policy and programs.

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International Research Ethics: Lessons Learned and Future Priorities
A gathering of Principal Investigators of Fogarty's bioethics program to plan for a collection of papers to address a range of topical and regional issues related to research ethics.

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HIV and Noncommunicable Disease Comorbidities in LMICs in the ART Era
A scientific forum to discuss the state of the science and identification of key HIV and NCD comorbidities research priorities to catalyze research collaborations and investment.

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Global Education + Technology Health (GETHealth) Summit-IT Infrastructure Stakeholders Consultation and Planning Meetings
A series of consultations in partnership with Johns Hopkins to help lay the groundwork for the Global Education and Technology Health (GETHealth) Summit.

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Household Air Pollution Research Training Institute
A training institute to gather U.S. and LMICs scientists interested in developing research projects on the health effects of traditional and improved cookstoves.

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Consultation on Child Survival and Ending Preventable Child Deaths
A consultation of child survival experts from around the world to accelerate progress in meeting child survival goals.

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Translating the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health into Policy and Practice
A writing workshop to establish research priorities for global mental health, resulting in a series of publications on the integration of mental health services into health care delivery systems.

About the Center Facilities

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The Center for Global Health Studiesis located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Center facilities host in-person and virtual, distance-based trainings and collaborations for supported projects.

The building has three floors of office and meeting space, including a conference room with state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities.


Nalini Anand, J.D., MPH.
Director, Center for Global Health Studies
Fogarty International Center
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Email: Nalini.Anand@nih.gov
Phone: 301-402-7348

Rachel Sturke, Ph.D., MPH, M.I.A.
Deputy Director, Center for Global Health Studies
Fogarty International Center
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Email: Rachel.Sturke@nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-1491

Fogarty Advisory Board Subcommittee

A subcommittee of the Fogarty Advisory Board provides strategic direction for the Center's projects and programs.

  • Chandy John, M.D.
    Ryan White Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
    Director, Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Maureen Lichtveld
    Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health
    Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
    Jonas Salk Chair in Population Health
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Judith N. Wasserheit, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor, Global Health
    Chair, Global Health
    Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
    University of Washington

Updated February 21, 2023