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Global Health Fellows & Scholars 20th Anniversary

Logo  for 20th Anniversary for Global Health Fellows & Scholars

Fogarty's flagship Global Health Fellows and Scholars program, now known as LAUNCH, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! To mark the occasion, Fogarty hosted a commemorative event on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

Event Details

Watch: Recorded video of the event 


8:30 a.m.–Welcome & Introductions

UnJa Hayes–LAUNCH Program Officer

8:40 a.m.–Keynote Address

Roger Glass–Former Director, Fogarty International Center

9:00 a.m.–Then and Now: Moving Beyond Early Career


  • Leonardo Cubillos–Director, Center for Global Mental Health Research, NIMH
  • George A. Mensah–Director, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, NHLBI


  • Anubha Agarwal–Assistant Professor and Co-director, Global Cardiovascular Health Program, Washington University
  • Roxanna Garcia–Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University
  • Yvetot Joseph–Research Physician and Research Coordinator, GHESKIO Centers, Haiti
  • Ashley Karczewski–Resident, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; Research Consultant, Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health, University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Andrew Kim–Assistant Professor, Unversity of California, Berkeley
  • Joseph Matovu–Senior Lecturer, Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences, Uganda; Senior Research Associate, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
  • Siana Nkya–Senior Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • Ivan Segawa–Researcher, Makerere University, Uganda

10:10 a.m.–Break

10:40 a.m.–Then and Now: A Discussion with Later-Career Alumni


  • Walter Koroshetz–Director, NINDS
  • Satish Gopal–Director, Center for Global Health, NCI


  • Nauzley Abedini–Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Jacqueline Firth–Branch Chief, Pediatric and Maternal Clinical HIV Branch, USAID
  • Eric Nelson–Assistant Professor, University of Florida (UF) Department of Pediatrics; Faculty member, UF Emerging Pathogens Institute
  • Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire–Director, TB and HIV Clinic, Infectious Diseases Institute Makerere University, Uganda
  • Omar Siddiqi–Director, Global Neurology Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Visiting Lecturer, University of Zambia School of Medicine
  • Weiming Tang–Co-director, UNC Project-China; Advisor, SESH Global
  • Richard van Zyl-Smit–Consultant Pulmonologist, Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa; Deputy Head, Division of Pulmonology, University of Cape Town Lung Institute, South Africa

11:50 a.m.–Concluding Thoughts

Sten Vermund–Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health

11:55 a.m.–Closing Remarks

Peter Kilmarx–Acting Director, Fogarty International Center

About the Global Health Fellows & Scholars/LAUNCH Program

The Fellows and Scholars program, established in 2003, aims to foster the next generation of global health scientists by providing trainees, early in their careers, a one-year mentored research training experience at established biomedical and behavioral research institutions and project sites in (LMICs) as well as opportunities for post-professional trainees from the U.S. and LMICs.

Updated April 19, 2023