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Fogarty allocates $4M to support early-career scientists

September / October 2020 | Volume 19, Number 5

Female researchers works in a lab with a microscope.
Photo courtesy of University of the West Indies

Dr. Simone Badal of the University of the West Indies is one
of seven early-career scientists to receive an Emerging Global
Leader Award from Fogarty.

Fogarty is providing $3.75 million over five years to support seven promising early-career scientists in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Issued through the Center’s Emerging Global Leader Award program, the grants are intended to provide a period of protected time for research under the guidance of experienced mentors.

The new awards will support scientists in Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru and South Africa. Research projects will explore topics ranging from the long-term effects of tuberculosis on children’s lungs, the ways schools can support children with HIV, stroke prevention in children with sickle cell disease, efforts to address prostate cancer disparities in Black men and the use of text messaging in HIV care. Other projects will investigate molecular pathways and activation signals that determine susceptibility to HIV infection and whether males with asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections are more at risk of HIV infection, as well as the role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in the development of severe malaria anemia.

The program intends for recipients to launch independent global health research careers following this sustained period of training and research career development. Co-funding NIH partners for these awards include the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

2020 Emerging Global Leader Awards

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