Fogarty trainees: building research capacity to improve global health

April 2010 | Volume 9, Issue 2

By Ann Cochran

Whether they are ensuring the safety of water in rural Argentina, advocating for the mentally ill in Indonesia, or combating HIV and sleeping sickness in Africa, Fogarty trainees are improving health in their home countries and making scientific discoveries with broad potential.

A lack of well-trained in-country scientists is a key barrier to improving health in many developing countries. Fogarty has worked to address this gap for four decades, supporting significant research training for about 5,000 scientists worldwide. Its flexible programs foster equitable, long-term research partnerships among U.S. and foreign scientists, support rigorous scientific training and encourage multidisciplinary approaches.

By providing re-entry support, Fogarty programs are successful in helping trainees return home to positions where they can make research contributions and continue to progress in their careers. Here are the stories of four trainees who returned home and are making a difference.

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