NIH global health research newsletter: mobilizing coronavirus research, mobile health, NIH fiscal year 2020 budget, building trust in vaccines, and more.

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

January / February 2020

NIH mobilizes research to address new coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak that began in China in late 2019 has focused the world’s attention on how best to slow transmission, diagnose and treat those with COVID-19. At NIH, scientists are working to develop a vaccine, identify existing therapeutics and encourage coronavirus research.

Courtesy of NIAID-RML. Transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2.

NIH, Fogarty receive funding hikes for Fiscal Year 2020

The NIH budget was approved by Congress and signed into law in December 2019, providing funding for Fiscal Year 2020. Fogarty’s allocation was boosted by 3.4 percent, bringing its total to $80.76 million.

Photo by the Architect of the Capitol. The U.S. Capitol grounds.

Opinion: Building trust in vaccines is essential for global health

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass discusses how building trust in vaccines is essential for global health, while reflecting on the legacy of his colleague, vaccine developer Dr. Maharaj (Raj) K. Bhan, who recently passed away.

Courtesy of Fogarty/NIH. File photo of Dr. Maharaj (Raj) K. Bhan and Dr. Roger I. Glass.

Q and A with Dr Jean Nachega: Prioritizing research training, medical education

Dr. Jean Nachega, a principal investigator on the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) award, discusses the impact of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, AFREhealth’s goals and current research priorities.

Courtesy of Fogarty/NIH. Headshot of Dr. Jean Nachega.

Profile: Fogarty Fellow studies novel malaria detection device in Cameroon

Fogarty Fellow Jillian Armstrong is working on a research project evaluating photoacoustic flow cytometry for the non-invasive detection of malaria-infected red blood cells.

Courtesy of Jillian Armstrong. In a lab in Cameroon, Jillian Armstrong uses a microscope while another lab worker looks on.

Scientist studies the moringa plant’s medicinal, nutritional benefits

With Fogarty funding, Dr. Carrie Waterman helped Kenyan farmers improve cultivation and processing of the moringa plant, known for its medicinal and nutritional properties.

Courtesy of Dr. Carrie Waterman. Crushing moringa leaves using a mortar and pestle.

Focus on mobile health

Through its Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries program, Fogarty has been funding projects to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems.

By David Snyder/CDC Foundation CC BY 2.0. Close-up of person enter data using a mobile device.

Also in this issue

  • Global sepsis burden is double previous estimates
    The toll of sepsis, a life-threatening organ dysfunction due to infection, is double previous estimates, according to a recent article in The Lancet, based on data from the 2017 Global Burden of Disease study.

  • China overtaking US as global research leader
    According to the State of U.S. Science and Engineering 2020 report, U.S. scientific and engineering investment has dropped relative to the rest of the world, while spending has risen rapidly in a number of Asian countries.

  • People in the news:

    • NCI names Dr. Satish Gopal new global health director
    • Hib conjugate vaccine developer Dr. John Bennet Robbins dies
    • Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases hires Dr. Morven Roberts as CEO
    • Dr. Stephen Hahn appointed as FDA commissioner
    • Gates Foundation selects Dr. Mark Suzman as new CEO
    • AAAS picks Dr. Sudip Parikh as new CEO, executive publisher
    • Indian rotavirus vaccine developer Dr. Maharaj K. Bhan dies
    • NIH dental, craniofacial research director Dr. Martha J. Somerman retires
    • Fogarty MEPI collaborator Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan dies
    • Details: People in the news
  • Global health briefs:

    • Analysis of research in higher education released by WHO
    • Ethics issues studied for research in crises
    • CDC publishes global health security tips
    • G-FINDER report finds uneven progress on neglected diseases
    • Global Health Technologies Coalition develops new fact sheets
    • Many researchers fail to report results on
    • Details: Global health briefs

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