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Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Enteric Health and Malnutrition in Pakistan (PIDEMP) Research Training Program

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Funding Fogarty Program

Global Infectious Diseases (GID)

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Enteric Health and Malnutrition in Pakistan (PIDEMP) Research Training Program

Principal Institution

Aga Khan University (Pakistan)

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Ali, Syed Asad; Moore, Sean Ryan

Project Contact Information

Email: asad.ali@aku.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2006-2025

Country

Pakistan

Collaborators

University of Virginia; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Project Description

This project aims to:
  • Build a training program at the Aga Khan University (AKU), Pakistan
  • Develop research capacity in infectious and gastrointestinal disease
  • Emphasize three areas of critical importance to child survival in Pakistan: undernutrition as an enteric infectious disease (i.e., Environmental Enteric Dysfunction – EED); vaccine efficacy; and understanding and reversing the vicious association of the cycle between maternal-child undernutrition and infectious diseases.
This work will be executed in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Virginia (UVA). We aim to produce a cadre of high quality, independent local scientists and build sustainable capacity in pediatric infectious disease and gastroenterology and nutrition research, specifically related to EED and its complications such as vaccine failure, undernutrition and subsequent growth failure in children residing in Pakistan.

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