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September/October 2023 | Volume 22 Number 5

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Fogarty scientist receives Fulbright fellowship

Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, a senior scientist at Fogarty, received a Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship from the United States-India Educational Foundation for his project focused on building capacity to address public health threats from climate change. Rosenthal will collaborate with the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER) and other Indian institutions to create a new master's in public health (MPH) curriculum focused on climate change and health.

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ASTMH names new CEO

Jamie Bay Nishi, executive director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), has been selected as the new CEO of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). She succeeds current CEO Karen A. Goraleski, who is stepping down after 13 years. Executive Director of GHTC since 2017, Nishi was previously managing director at Devex.

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Former grantee receives groundbreaking USAID grant

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), led by its president and former Fogarty grantee, Dr. Glenda Gray, secured a $45 million USAID grant for HIV vaccine research in Africa. The grant backs the BRILLIANT Consortium, consisting of eight African nations to advance the field toward a safe and globally effective HIV vaccine by supporting scientists, institutions, and innovative collaboration systems for designing and testing improved vaccine candidates.

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Happi elected to National Academy of Medicine

Fogarty grantee, Dr. Christian Happi of Redeemer’s University and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Medicine for his impact on infectious disease research in Africa. His achievements include sequencing the first full SARS-Cov-2 genome in Africa, which guided public health interventions.

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Coley recognized for work in biodiversity

The Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC) recognized Dr. Phyllis “Lissy” Coley for her work studying biodiversity in the country and training local institutions and scientists in the study and use of the nation’s natural resources. The honor was given by APANAC and Panama’s Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation.Coley established the Fogarty-supported International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) program in Panama.

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Moyo receives presidental service award

Dr. Sikhulile Moyo received the Botswana Presidential Order for Meritorious Service Award along with his virology team at the Botswana-Harvard AIDS partnership institute for their critical role in sequencing the omicron variant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moyo, a former Fogarty fellow, serves as the laboratory director at the institute and was named one of TIME magazine's most influential people in 2022.

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Former Fogarty director passes away

Dr. Claude Lenfant passed away this past June at age 94. Lenfant made significant contributions to US medical science funding and policy, serving as director of both the Fogarty International Center, in 1981, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) from 1982 to 2003.

Updated October 17, 2023

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