NIH global health research newsletter, with articles on a new fellowship program bringing African scientists to train at NIH, how mentorship training in LMICs needs increased support, the 2018 Women Leaders in Global Health conference, and more.

Global Health Matters e-newsletter from Fogarty International Center at NIH

January / February 2019

New fellowship program will bring African scientists to train at NIH

The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative, a new NIH fellowship program, aims to prepare future generations of African researchers while establishing ongoing scientific partnerships between NIH labs and African investigators and institutions. The program is a collaboration of the NIH, the African Academy of Sciences, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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A postdoctoral fellow and a senior investigator, both in lab coats, collaborate around a computer in an NIH lab.

Female researcher works with female clinician while meeting with multiple female patients.

Conference seeks to advance women in global health

Participants at the 2018 Women Leaders in Global Health conference explored and discussed barriers to progress for women, who hold less than a quarter of global health leadership positions.
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Building neurology research capacity in Zambia

Dr. Omar Siddiqi, a former Fogarty Fellow who helped launch Zambia’s first neurology research training program, discusses Fogarty's impact on his career, the influence of mentorship, and his goals for neurology in Zambia.
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Dr. Omar Siddiqi stands next to bedside of patient, speaks with patient's family and another medical worker.

Suchi Anand stands outdoor in India.

Fellow studies chronic kidney disease in India

Dr. Shuchi Anand studied prevalence and risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) as a Fogarty Fellow. Her fellowship segued into an NIH career development grant that allowed her to expand upon her work in India.
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Focus: Mentorship training in LMICs needs increased support

According to a new supplement to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, mentorship training must be expanded and given more institutional support in low- and middle-income countries. Fogarty Scholars and Fellows program faculty and alumni produced the supplement to serve as a guide to encourage LMIC organizations to strengthen mentoring and institutionalize the practice.
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Also in this issue

  • Failure can teach valuable lessons, lead to opportunities
    Opinion by Fogarty Director Dr Roger I Glass

    Dr. Glass joined a panel of his peers at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting to provide unfiltered reflection on the importance of learning from failure - how to recover, apply the lessons learned and figure out how to move on in a positive way from the unexpected results.

  • Fogarty’s Dr Ken Bridbord celebrated for 35 years of service
    The Fogarty family assembled in December to toast Dr. Ken Bridbord and pay tribute to his many contributions to global health research and training.

  • Global stroke risk estimates vary by geographic region
    One in four people over age 25 is at risk for stroke during their lifetime, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

  • People in the news:

    • Nobel for Former Fogarty Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Tasuku Honjo
    • Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker lauded for HIV research and human rights
    • Dr. Michele De Luca recognized for scientific innovation
    • NIAMS Director Dr. Stephen I. Katz mourned
    • Former Fogarty advisor, NIH leader Dr. Ting-Kai Li dies
    • Dr. Robert Gramzinski leading US military HIV research effort
    • New role for Dr. Kate O’Brien with WHO
    • International honor for NIH’s Dr. Constantine Stratakis
    • Details: People in the news

  • Global health briefs:

    • NICHD launches free Placental Atlas Tool
    • African scientists face barriers, report says
    • WHO says progress on malaria has stalled
    • Vaccine gaps cause global measles cases to spike
    • More research needed to defeat dementia
    • WHO: insufficient progress on road safety
    • Details: Global health briefs

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