Fogarty and NIH’s
National Institute on Aging (NIA) are collaborating to help developing countries build the scientific capacity they’ll need as their populations age and dementia cases increase. Three Fogarty grantees received NIA funding to add Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) to their research training and education programs. The supplemental awards total nearly $780,000.
Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda plans to provide one year of non-degree research training in AD/ADRD to seven junior and mid-level faculty. The university in the capital city of Kamapala has an existing Fogarty grant to provide junior faculty with mentoring and training in HIV/AIDS and associated co-infections, other infectious diseases, and noncommunicable diseases.
Another Ugandan university will emphasize dementia research training to help rural populations. Junior faculty at Mbarara University of Science and Technology will be taught to conduct epidemiological studies in rural communities; perform research in primary health care settings; and educate providers to recognize, manage and refer patients. The current Fogarty program includes neurology, HIV, cardiovascular diseases and mental health.
Finally, a program in Nigeria that strengthens research ethics will use the NIA funding to study the experience of participants and scientists involved in past AD/ADRD research. Those findings will be used to develop new guidelines that will form the basis of a research ethics educational program. The University of Maryland, Baltimore received the supplemental award and will work with the Center for Research Bioethics in Nigeria.
Supplemental awards to Fogarty-supported grants