NIH global health research newsletter, with a focus on Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) hubs, and articles on the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) and how academia can benefit from global health.

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

May / June 2019

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Three decades of frontier science advances celebrated

Scientific leaders, policymakers, advocates and grantees gathered to celebrate accomplishments achieved by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) together with its partners, including the NIH.

NIH and Japanese leadership raise a glass to make a toast during the HFSP 30th anniversary reception.

Opinion: Academia can benefit from engaging in global health

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass discusses how there are many potential benefits for academic health centers to engage in global health.

Two global health students collect data on mobile devices from community members, rural farmland in the background.

Profile: Fogarty Fellow sheds new light on Uganda's indoor air pollution

Dr. Eric Coker trained local health workers and used the data they gathered to improve understanding of the complex interplay between indoor air quality and poor respiratory health in Ugandan children.

In office, Dr. Eric Coker standing works on a tablet while woman working with a smartphone looks on.

Focus on Global Environmental and Occupational Health hubs

Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) hubs, supported by Fogarty and its partners, are helping to develop a critical mass of scientists in low- and middle-income countries who understand how the environment triggers disease, identify effective interventions and spur policy changes to improve health.

Each of the seven networked science hubs addresses high-priority health threats in their respective regions, including outdoor and household air pollution, pesticide exposures, environmental contamination, climate change and electronic waste.

Man prods pile of burning electronic waste with a stick. Fire gives off a large cloud of thick, dark smoke.

Worker wearing hat and wrap over face sprays large green field with pesticide carried in a tank on their back.

Also in this issue

  • $17M awarded by Fogarty and NIH partners to train HIV researchers, reduce stigma in developing countries
    Fogarty has awarded $17 million through two programs to help train HIV researchers in low- and middle-income countries across the globe, and to drive the development of innovative interventions to reduce stigma for people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • NIAID begins human trials of universal flu vaccine candidate
    The first clinical trial recently began for an innovative universal influenza vaccine candidate developed by scientists at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  • Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion per year, WHO reports
    A WHO study shows that nearly 630 million years of healthy life are lost each year in Africa due to disease, taking an economic toll of more than 2.4 trillion international dollars.

  • NIH ClinRegs database provides international clinical trial regulations
    NIH has expanded ClinRegs, its free, online database of international clinical trial regulations to include information from 20 countries, with real-time email updates of regulatory changes.

  • People in the news:

    • David Malpass selected as new World Bank president
    • Fogarty grantees Drs. Gagandeep Kang and Salim Abdool Karim named Royal Society Fellows
    • Human Genome Organization recognizes Dr. Christian Happi
    • Former IOM President Dr. David Hamburg has died
    • Dr. Carol Baker honored as immunization champion
    • Leading geneticist Dr. Muntaser Ibrahim freed from prison
    • Details: People in the news

  • Global health briefs:

    • WHO reports on gender bias in global health
    • Path determined for AI in medical imaging
    • CSIS examines global nutrition
    • New tool helps with manuscript formatting
    • Big data website facilitates collaboration
    • Some global health grads struggle for jobs
    • Details: Global health briefs

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