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$6.6M awarded to train infectious disease researchers in sub-Saharan Africa, South America

March / April 2020 | Volume 19, Number 2

Female researcher prepares samples under a hood in a lab at UPCH in Peru.
Photo by David Snyder for Fogarty/NIH

New grants will train infectious disease researchers in
sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Fogarty is continuing to build research capacity in low-resource settings where it is needed most, with an initial round of new awards that are expected to invest a total of $6.6 million over five years. The Global Infectious Disease Research Training (GID) grants will provide research training through five projects located in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Peru.

Scientists with the Harvard School of Public Health will focus on training in pediatric infectious diseases and nutrition research in Ethiopia. In Kenya, a team led by Washington State University scientists will deliver integrated training for physicians and veterinarians in zoonotic pathogen emergence and transmission.

Through a South-South partnership, an award to Johns Hopkins University will build on past work in Peru, extending research training to neighboring Bolivia to address local priorities such as Chagas disease, cysticercosis, tuberculosis, pneumonia and HIV neurological co-infections. Also in Peru, health ministry personnel will receive advanced master’s and doctoral training through a renewal award to Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, supporting early detection and effective responses to epidemic threats like Zika virus disease, yellow fever, malaria and dengue. To help address malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, sites in Kenya and Ethiopia will provide training in molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics and ecological modeling through a grant to University of California, Irvine.

NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is joining with Fogarty to fund the awards.

2020 Global Infectious Disease Research Training Awards

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