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Top global health research stories of 2021 from Fogarty and NIH
January 6, 2022
With the world still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic and coming to terms with systemic health inequity, Fogarty and its extensive network of international partners continued in 2021 to support, fund and train the next generation of global health leaders. Here are the top stories of the year, as judged by the readers and editors of Global Health Matters.
Dr. Joseph Matovu
- NIH marked the end of an era with the announcement that long-time
director Francis Collins was stepping down at the end of 2021.
- To help address significant challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in low-resource nations, Fogarty awarded
$3.3M in COVID-19 supplements to support research and training.
- NIH is investing in new technologies to help spur innovation in global health research, awarding
$75M to boost data science research in Africa and announcing a
$100M investment in Artificial Intelligence.
- The Fogarty-managed
Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research Training (MEPI-Jr) program provided training, mentorship and research support to 362 junior faculty fellows, whose stories of accomplishment provide inspiration and demonstrate the program’s impact.
- Fogarty’s Director Dr. Roger I. Glass renewed the call to
invest in Africa to improve economy and health and the Center’s commitment to
stand against structural racism in biomedical research.
- Fogarty’s Center for Global Health and its partners produced a number of significant publications as part of their efforts to encourage timely and
high-quality health research in humanitarian crises and to craft
the U.S.-Latin American research agenda on childhood obesity.
- Former Fogarty trainees are assuming senior global health positions, including
Andrew Kambugu and
Emmy Okello in Uganda—just two examples of how the Center is helping build
the next generation of low- and middle-income country (LMIC) leaders.
Fellows and Scholars, early career scientists who spend a year of mentored research abroad, are making a difference: leading a
WHO infectious disease elimination program, becoming an
NIH lab chief and studying HIV self-testing in
a Ugandan fishing community.
Breastfeeding in LMICs poses complex research questions: studying
cultural factors, investigating how to
prevent HIV transmission and examining how
water insecurity can disrupt nursing.
- Fogarty salutes the vital work of the National Cancer Institute and its Center for Global Health, as they achieve
significant milestones. Contributions to reducing the global cancer burden include addressing
cancer inequities, training
foreign scientists at NIH and supporting
economic studies of tobacco farming in LMICs to influence policy change.
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