NIH global health research newsletter: NIH, Fogarty stand against structural racism. MEPI Junior Faculty program. CUGH meeting explores COVID-19, health equity.

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March / April 2021

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Consortium of Universities for Global Health meeting explores COVID-19, health equity

The global coronavirus pandemic dominated discussions at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) first virtual annual meeting. NIH leadership, staff and grantees participated in a variety of sessions to discuss investing in scientific capacity in lower-income regions and countries, advice for early-career scientists, global health inequities, global cancer research and control, climate change and stigma reduction, and other key issues.

Photo courtesy of CUGH. Side-by-side screenshot of Dr. Anthony Fauci speaking with Dr. Michele Barry during the 2021 virtual CUGH annual meeting.

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NIH and Fogarty stand against structural racism in biomedical research

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass applauds NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins on the strong stance he is taking to eliminate structural racism at NIH and throughout the biomedical research enterprise; and calls on the Fogarty community to join the Center's quest for peace, equality and social justice.

Ending Structural Racism. NIH logo.

Q and A with TDR Director Dr John Reeder

Dr. John Reeder, director of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases based at the WHO, discusses his early career, increasing research capacity, and training neglected populations to use the tool of research.

Outdoor headshot of Dr. John Reeder.

Profile: Fogarty Fellow investigates HIV self-testing in Ugandan fishing community

Fogarty Fellow Dr. Joseph Matovu, a behavioral research scientist, studied HIV self-test kit use in a Ugandan fishing community and found more than 95% of distributed kits were properly used and returned.

Dr. Joseph K.B. Matovu stands in front of a fishing boat on the shoreline in Uganda, many boats in the background.

Experts urge global adoption of One Health approach

A global One Health approach to disease surveillance and pandemic response should include low-resource settings where people and animals often live in close proximity, scientists said in a recent workshop hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Photo by Boniface Mwangi/Africa Knows. Older woman surrounded by chickens outdoors in front of a building.

Focus on the MEPI Junior Faculty program

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research Training program has enabled African junior faculty to develop research skills and become independent investigators. Fellows supported by the program reported it also helped improve their ability to write successful grant applications and journal articles, and advanced in their careers.

Voices of MEPI Junior Faculty fellows

Fellows supported through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research Training program share their impressive accomplishments and reflect on their experiences.

Photo by Richard Lord for Fogarty. Researcher working in lab examines samples.

Photo courtesy of Racheal Nabunya. Dr. Patience A. Muwanguzi pointing to test results meets with a patient in a clinic.

Dr. Mubuuke Gonzaga holds up and examines an x-ray.

Also in this issue

  • WHO examines global burden of hearing loss
    Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide will be living with some degree of hearing loss by 2050, warns the WHO’s first World Report on Hearing.

  • People in the news:

    • Xavier Becerra confirmed as HHS Secretary
    • Loyce Pace to lead HHS Office of Global Affairs
    • US global malaria coordinator Dr Raj Panjabi selected
    • Erika Elvander to represent US in Beijing
    • Mary Fogarty McAndrew honored for advocacy efforts
    • Research!America recognizes Drs Anne Schuchat and Michelle Williams with Clear Voice Awards
    • Details: People in the news
  • Global health briefs:

    • Equitable partnerships hub launched
    • Africa needs investment in research
    • CEPI launches plan to end pandemics
    • Global COVID data repository unveiled
    • WHO: Violence against women pervasive
    • Details: Global health briefs

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