NIH global health research newsletter, with a focus on noncommunicable diseases, and articles on the 2019 CUGH annual meeting, cross-cutting stigma research, new energy for global health at NIH, and more.

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

March / April 2019

CUGH annual meeting examines implementing solutions for impact

Attendees of the 10th annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) were encouraged to unleash the unique power of their institutions to enhance the translation and implementation of knowledge so the world’s underserved can benefit.

NIH and Fogarty representatives participated in sessions on HIV-related implementation science, global mental health initiatives concerning children, maintaining quality of care during implementation, corruption in the health sector, early-career research training and mentoring.

During the meeting, Dr. Ken Bridbord and Dr. King Holmes were presented with the CUGH 2019 Distinguished Leadership Award, the organization’s highest honor.

Dr. Ann Kurth speaks at a podium at the CUGH 2019 annual meeting.

At CUGH 2019 awards ceremony, Drs Maryanne Lachat, Ken Bridbord, King Holmes and Virginia Gonzalez

Large football banner in Monrovia, Liberia, reads: stop the stigma against Ebola survivors

Scientists urge cross-cutting stigma research, interventions

Scientists are calling for stigma research to develop approaches that cut across illnesses, demographics and scientific disciplines in a series of articles that was inspired by a 2017 workshop organized by Fogarty.

Opinion: New energy for global health is blossoming across NIH

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass is pleased that new institute directors at NIH - including NICHD Director Dr. Diana Bianchi, pictured right - share Fogarty's passion to build research capacity and fund studies to improve the health of the world’s least fortunate.

NICHD Director Dr. Diana Bianchi, center holding a baby, surrounded by young people in Kenya.

Headshot of Dr. Jonathan Samet.

Building global capacity for air quality research: Q and A with Dr Jonathan Samet

Dr. Jonathan Samet, a longtime Fogarty and NIH grantee, discusses the results of his Fogarty-supported tobacco research, building capacity for air quality research in East Africa and reducing air pollution globally.

Fogarty Fellow’s cholera research in Bangladesh spawns global projects

As a Fogarty Fellow with icddr,b, Dr. Eric Nelson identified key factors that contributed to the understanding of cholera transmission, and developed partnerships that would lead to future research collaborations.

In Dhaka, Dr. Eric Nelson pumps water through a hose from a pond into a blue barrel, surrounded by others who are helping.

A child is being weighed by a medical worker at a base of the Aimin Slimming Centre in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China.

Focus on noncommunicable diseases: Fogarty programs spur NCD research, build capacity

Fogarty and its NIH partners invested nearly $80 million to establish NCD research partnerships between U.S. and LMIC institutions, and build related research training programs according to a review of Fogarty’s NCD programs between 2001 and 2017.

The evaluation and the latest Fogarty funding opportunities for NCD research training programs come at a critical time. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other NCDs disproportionately affect people in poorer countries.

Also in this issue

  • Poor quality drugs pose “public health emergency,” study says
    More than a quarter of a million children die each year due to poor quality and fake medicines, according to a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Fogarty senior scientist emeritus Dr. Joel Breman was a co-author on the study.

  • People in the news:

    • Dr. Ken Bridbord and Dr. King Holmes lauded as global health leaders
    • NIH cancer director Dr. Ned Sharpless moves to FDA
    • Dr. Soumya Swaminathan named WHO’s chief scientist
    • Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum added to Inventors Hall of Fame
    • Oral cholera vaccine developer Dr. John D. Clemens honored
    • Dr. Salim Abdool Karim and Dr. Sheila West awarded by Kuwait for HIV research
    • NIH taps Dr. Noni H. Byrnes to head Center for Scientific Review
    • Details: People in the news

  • Global health briefs:

    • NIH releases plan for women’s health
    • Nutritional supplement improves infant outcomes
    • WHO publishes malaria control guidelines
    • WHO posts R&D spending by country
    • NIH and FDA host treatment collaboration tool
    • PAHO studies youth health in the Americas
    • Details: Global health briefs

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