A team of outside reviewers has evaluated Fogarty's unique International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research and Training Award (ICOHRTA) program as a success, citing flexibility and unusual productivity as its hallmarks.
The five-year-old program has trained 129 researchers from 18 countries in five world regions in 147 projects. ICOHRTA awards have been associated with 381 peer-reviewed articles, and grantees have contributed to public health projects in Turkey, India, Brazil, China and Vietnam.
"The variety and flexibility of research training strategies is a strength of the ICOHRTA program, and the current trend toward more training activities taking place in the partner country should be encouraged," the reviewers said.
The panel said, "Its focus on non-communicable disease and disorder research may... be a relatively unique feature of the ICOHRTA program," the report noted, citing only three programs of its kind in the world.
The reviewers were Dr. Gregory Aarons, UCSD; Dr. Sharon Fonn, University of Witwatersrand; and Dr. Deborah A. McFarland, Emory University.