Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/ en Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs/applying-research-healthy-liberia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:43</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2726" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The University of Liberia College of Health Sciences is the leading educational institution for developing Liberia’s clinicians, researchers, health policymakers and innovators. As one of only two public universities in the country, it is poised to become a globally recognized leader in research utilization, meaningfully connecting academics with policymaking, innovation, and clinical practice. Devastated by civil war, the Ebola epidemic, and now COVID-19, Liberia’s health system has dealt with severe resource constraints, shortages in healthcare workers, and other systemic challenges including gaps in evidence-based medical training and practices. </p> <p>The Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health (VIGH) partnered with Yale University and the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences (ULCHS) to establish a public-private-academic hub for research utilization in the Liberian health sector and an academic network to strengthen Liberia’s education and health sectors</p> <p>Funding for the Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia project comes from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bringing Research to Impact for Development, Global Engagement, and Utilization (BRIDGE-U) program. It will allow the three institutions to build on a longstanding partnership to create the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation (CTLI) in Liberia.</p> <p>This program builds off the successful implementation of capacity building activities by the three institutions, including the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER Liberia) USAID grant designed to strengthen medical training, build subspecialty medical capacity, and enhance research training in Liberia.</p> <p>The BRIDGE-U program will enhance ULCHS’s role as a national hub for research and interprofessional training by getting a Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation fully operational and connecting ULCHS faculty and students directly with policymakers, clinicians, and private-sector innovators to translate research outputs.</p> <p>As an academic hub, CTLI will comprise an experiential learning and assessment lab, a health start-up incubator as well as initiatives to translate and implement existing research findings, and programming to impart research utilization competencies.</p> <p>The BRIDGE-U program is part of <a href="https://www.usaid.gov/hesn/hesn-2-0">USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network</a>. This network provides a platform for USAID to partner with higher education institutions from around the world to address critical development challenges, build local capacity and cultivate innovation.</p> <p><strong>Program objectives include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Advancing research utilization in health and health sciences education for improved health outcomes and equitable economic growth in Liberia.</li> <li>Building research utilization skills among Liberia’s current and future health sciences students, faculty, clinicians, policymakers, and entrepreneurs.</li> <li>Generating new knowledge about how to translate and utilize research findings more effectively to achieve development goals.</li> </ul> <p>Funding for the project comes from award number 7200AA21CA00010.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2151" hreflang="und">Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia - AR4HL</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=382" hreflang="und">Marie Martin</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=121" hreflang="und">Ann Green</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2148" hreflang="und">Harriett Myers</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=741" hreflang="und">Liberia</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=156" hreflang="und">Capacity Building Research</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 21:43:30 +0000 ridingkm 2726 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health UNZA-Vanderbilt Partnership for HIV-NCD Research (UVP) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-projects/unza-vanderbilt-partnership-hiv-ncd-research-uvp <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">UNZA-Vanderbilt Partnership for HIV-NCD Research (UVP)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/12/2021 - 17:35</span> <a href="/global-health/blog-post-rss/2722" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to UNZA-Vanderbilt Partnership for HIV-NCD Research (UVP)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The UNZA-Vanderbilt Training Partnership for HIV-Nutrition-Metabolic Research (UVP-1) and the UNZA-Vanderbilt Partnership for HIV-NCD Research (UVP-2) continue a longstanding training collaboration between the University of Zambia School of Medicine/University Teaching Hospital (UNZA/UTH), Vanderbilt University (VU) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH)</p> <p>As access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV has expanded in sub-Saharan Africa, millions of persons with HIV are surviving for decades on treatment, but they are developing chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) complications that require new science and new directions in prevention, detection, and treatment. Recognizing that investigation and control of NCDs can be most effectively undertaken by highly trained local investigators, UNZA identified the need for doctoral-level research leaders in nutritionally- and metabolically related complications and comorbidities of HIV. UVP-1 supported this effort through training and education initiatives while expanding UNZA/UTH’s research training and investigative capacities.</p> <p><strong>Key successes of UVP-1 included:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Long-term research training for advanced UNZA trainees and junior faculty members, leading to 11 “sandwich” Ph.D. degrees awarded by UNZA and undergirded by Vanderbilt didactic courses, research mentorship, and institutional resources. Between 2015 and 2020, trainees produced 72 manuscripts, 100 presentations at global conferences, and 14 funded grants.</li> <li>Enhancement of the UNZA Ph.D. program through conducting in-country consultations and skill-building short courses, culminating in a redesign of the Ph.D. core curriculum led by UNZA faculty</li> <li>Establishment of the<strong> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/latest-news-vigh/why-mentorship-matters-low-and-middle-income-countries">UNZA Mentoring Programme</a></strong>, a week-long faculty development training program to strengthen Ph.D. mentoring standards and assess measurable milestones</li> <li>Annual scientific research conferences held at UNZA, with topics focused on cardiovascular disease, cancer, NCDs, nutrition, and research methods</li> <li>Advanced career opportunities for research-focused UNZA faculty members through 4-month VU-based postdoctoral sabbaticals, expanded research collaborations, and grantsmanship training</li> </ul> <p>UVP-1 was led by Douglas C. Heimburger, MD, MS, professor of medicine in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, and Selestine H. Nzala, MBChB, MPH, Head of the Department of Medical Education Development at UNZA School of Medicine. UVP-1 has now transitioned to UVP-2 and is led by Wilbroad Mutale, Ph.D., MBChB, associate professor in the University of Zambia School of Public Health and adjunct associate professor in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine.</p> <p>UVP-2 will continue the advancement of UNZA’s institutional research capacity and academic leadership. Demonstrating UNZA’s leadership and VIGH’s commitment to strengthening capacities, UNZA is the prime institution for the UVP-2 grant.</p> <p>This grant will extend the “sandwich” model of Ph.D. training and use a similar model to develop a postdoctoral training fellowship program to create a pipeline of independent scientists at UNZA. Through this grant, new research training mechanisms and support structures will be introduced at UNZA to ensure local sustainability</p> <p>Collaborations with other regional universities will be leveraged to provide research training opportunities and increased networks. Bioinformatics training opportunities for selected trainees will be provided through a collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Additional collaborations will be built through the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an Africa-based, Africa-led initiative that has 20-year funding to strengthen the capacity of African universities to produce well-trained and skilled researchers and scholars in Africa.</p> <p>Key components and innovations of UVP-2 include:</p> <ul> <li>Train 5 UNZA Ph.D. students and 4 UNZA postdoctoral scientists in advanced basic, clinical/translational, epidemiologic, and implementation sciences to address the complications and comorbidities most relevant to lifelong HIV management in sub-Saharan Africa</li> <li>Support UNZA’s new postdoctoral fellowship mechanism by replicating key Vanderbilt career development resources at UNZA, principally those associated with successful grant applications, and three-month sabbaticals for 4 UNZA Visiting Faculty Scholars at Vanderbilt, focused on developing collaborations and submitting grant applications</li> <li>Develop an UNZA Biostatistics Support Core with a goal of providing structured biostatistics advising and collaboration by UNZA biostatisticians to UNZA investigators, students, and postdoctoral fellows</li> <li>Strengthen UNZA’s capacity to train researchers, attract research funding, and generate high-impact research outputs across a broad range of HIV-NCD investigations</li> </ul> <p>Both cycles of UVP have been supported by grant D43TW009744 from the Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2142" hreflang="und">Wilbroad Mutale</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=755" hreflang="und">Douglas Heimburger</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=555" hreflang="und">University of Zambia School of Medicine/University Teaching Hospital (UNZA/UTH)</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=558" hreflang="und">UNZA-Vanderbilt Training Partnership for HIV-Nutrition-Metabolic Research (UVP)</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=678" hreflang="und">Zambia</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2146" hreflang="und">HIV and NCDs</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2111" hreflang="und">Holly Cassell</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=711" hreflang="und">Elizabeth Rose</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 12 Jul 2021 22:35:37 +0000 ridingkm 2722 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Vanderbilt-Nigeria Research Administration and Management Training Program (V-RAMP) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-projects/vanderbilt-nigeria-research-administration-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vanderbilt-Nigeria Research Administration and Management Training Program (V-RAMP)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/12/2021 - 09:34</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2701" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Vanderbilt-Nigeria Research Administration and Management Training Program (V-RAMP)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Expanding on the decade-long Vanderbilt-AKTH partnership, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Bayero University Kano (BUK) in Kano, Nigeria, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) are partnering on a new infrastructure development training program supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project will strengthen infrastructure capacity in research administration and research ethics in Nigeria. The Vanderbilt-Nigeria Research Administration and Management Training Program (V-RAMP) will leverage senior research management’s extensive expertise at Vanderbilt.</p> <p>Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, has seen significant expansion in biomedical research. The increasing volume and complexity of Nigeria’s research activities necessitate measures to improve infrastructure in grants administration (project management, financial accountability, reporting and compliance oversight) and to strengthen ethical frameworks to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. V-RAMP will establish a high-quality research administration environment that is knowledgeable and compliant with the fiscal, management, and ethical standards of sponsored research through fellowships at Vanderbilt, skills-building courses in Nigeria, and administrative process improvements, such as the creation of a Community Advisory Board (CAB).</p> <p>This work is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number G11TW011819</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=420" hreflang="und">Muktar Aliyu</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=669" hreflang="und">William Wester</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2111" hreflang="und">Holly Cassell</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2117" hreflang="und">Donna Ingles</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 12 May 2021 14:34:27 +0000 ridingkm 2701 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Childhood Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy Determinants of Outcome (SEED) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/childhood-status-epilepticus-and-epilepsy-determinants <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Childhood Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy Determinants of Outcome (SEED)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/01/2021 - 13:29</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2696" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Childhood Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy Determinants of Outcome (SEED)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Abstract Status epilepticus (SE) is the most common serious neurological emergency among children worldwide. In the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) of sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of childhood SE-associated mortality and morbidity appears to be especially high. However, the phenotypes of childhood SE, clinical predictors of SE-associated mortality and of SE-associated neurodevelopmental morbidity, and genomic predictors of SE, SE-associated mortality and neurodevelopmental morbidity have not been well-characterized in this region. The clinical and genomic predictors of benzodiazepine-resistant SE, which is common and may contribute to SE-associated mortality, have also not been well-characterized, especially among African children. A large percentage of children (~80%) with SE in northern Nigeria experience SE as their first seizure, and the estimated incidence of childhood SE in Kano is relatively high. Little is known of the clinical and genomic risk factors for the development of epilepsy among African children who experience SE as their first seizure. The H3Africa consortium is yielding insights into the genomic factors of common human diseases across the African continent and and will provide controls for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of SE. This project, Childhood Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy Determinants of Outcome (SEED), will establish a large cohort of children with SE in Kano, northern Nigeria who present to pediatric emergency rooms in Kano. Innovative capacity building will include the incorporation of point-of-care EEG and EEG-video in large pediatric emergency rooms in Kano, performed by specially trained community health extension workers (CHEWs) who will be trained in both basic epilepsy care and EEG technology. A team of specialists working together at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will utilize video exams, EEG-video, detailed histories, and brain MRI to perform deep phenotyping on this large cohort of children with SE. Clinical risk factors for in-hospital SE-associated mortality, short-term SE- associated mortality, long-term SE-associated mortality, and SE-associated neurodevelopmental morbidity will be determined. GWAS will be performed on the entire cohort, with gender matched controls from H3Africa, through collaborations between AKTH, Bayero University Kano, the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience in South Africa, and VUMC. Genomic risk factors for childhood SE-associated mortality and morbidity will be determined, as well as clinical and genomic risk factors for development of epilepsy among children who experience SE as their first seizure and clinical and genomic risk factors for benzodiazepine- resistant SE. SEED will provide valuable insights into childhood SE in sub-Saharan Africa.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://reporter.nih.gov/search/m_2mDM0dI0yfqAecOVdqcA/project-details/10051221#details">Link to NIH Reporter site for more details. </a></strong></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2125" hreflang="und"> Childhood Status Epilepticus</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=716" hreflang="und">Epilepsy</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2126" hreflang="und">Genome-wide Association Studies: GWAS</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2127" hreflang="und">Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital AKTH and Bayero University Kano</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2128" hreflang="und">Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience and H3Africa</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2104" hreflang="und">University of the Witwatersrand</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2129" hreflang="und">Michele Ramsay</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=715" hreflang="und">Edwin Trevathan</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2110" hreflang="und">Umar Sabo</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2117" hreflang="und">Donna Ingles</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 01 Apr 2021 18:29:19 +0000 ridingkm 2696 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Traditional Healer-initiated HIV Counseling and Testing in Rural South Africa https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/traditional-healer-initiated-hiv-counseling-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Traditional Healer-initiated HIV Counseling and Testing in Rural South Africa</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/01/2021 - 16:58</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2681" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Traditional Healer-initiated HIV Counseling and Testing in Rural South Africa"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In South Africa, HIV testing has been undermined by HIV stigma, distrust in the allopathic health system, a preference for traditional medicine, and distance to the health facility. South Africa has made progress towards their 90-90-90 goals, yet a substantial proportion of the population do not test regularly; only 33.9% of adults in rural Mpumalanga (our study site) underwent HIV testing in the past year. In South Africa, people of low socioeconomic status (SES), men, immigrants, and those who distrust the health system have higher rates of HIV stigma, are more likely to seek care from traditional healers, and are less likely to receive an HIV test. The demographic and sociological characteristics of healers closely mirror this population, making them an ideal group to bridge the health care utilization divide. Development of a Healer-Clinician HIV Prevention Collaborative will facilitate testing and preventive service linkage among those who have traditionally avoided/refused testing via three synergistic strategies: (1) Healer-Initiated Counseling and Testing (HICT) to reinforce the value of HIV testing and teach HIV stigma reduction and coping strategies; (2) Establishing a path for patients to navigate between traditional and allopathic systems to encourage repeat HIV testing (or treatment, if HIV-positive); and (3) Improving the environment at the health facility via a stigma reduction training and “open house” sessions where healers and providers work together to provide patients an opportunity to better understand health services (and increase the likelihood that patients return). We propose to pilot this novel intervention with patients seeking treatment from a select group of trained traditional healers. We hypothesize that patient's seeking traditional treatment will find the offer of testing acceptable, will uptake HIV testing despite high levels of stigma and mistrust of the health system, and will engage in treatment at the health facility after linkage by their traditional healer. The Specific Aims of this study are to: (1) Conduct qualitative interviews with “non-testers” from varied SES and demographic groups to understand the interface of HIV stigma, mistrust in the health system, and HIV testing to create the most acceptable model of healer-based testing; (2) Adapt a successful South African community-based HIV prevention project to create a Healer-Clinician HIV Testing and Prevention Collaborative; and (3) Pilot our Healer-Clinician Collaborative and assess uptake of HIV testing as well as linkage to treatment and prevention services among participants offered healer-initiated counseling and testing. Our team has a proven record of engaging traditional healers to improve patient outcomes, conducting research to evaluate and address mistrust in the health system, HIV stigma, and developing interventions to increase HIV testing uptake.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=131" hreflang="und">Carolyn Audet</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=783" hreflang="und">Traditional Healers</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=516" hreflang="und">South Africa</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=306" hreflang="und">HIV</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 01 Jan 2021 22:58:05 +0000 ridingkm 2681 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health HIV Mobility and Engagement in Care in TN https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/hiv-mobility-and-engagement-care-tn <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">HIV Mobility and Engagement in Care in TN</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/15/2020 - 16:50</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2622" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to HIV Mobility and Engagement in Care in TN"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The project connects Vanderbilt researchers across disciplines in order to understand how often people living with HIV move within or outside of the state, and if this mobility is associated with HIV outcomes.</p> <p>Dr. Ahonkhai’s current work aims to design novel care delivery interventions to improve quality of HIV treatment in resource-limited settings, especially vulnerable populations. Much of her research has focused on populations in Nigeria and South Africa to assess quality of HIV care. Dr. Clouse also has an extensive background in designing and implementing HIV studies, with an emphasis on population mobility and engagement in HIV care in South Africa.</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/latest-news-vigh/impact-mobility-hiv-continuum-care-tennessee">VIGH News Article</a></em></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=786" hreflang="und">Aimalohi Ahonkhai</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=355" hreflang="und">Kate Clouse</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=306" hreflang="und">HIV</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2102" hreflang="und">Tennessee Center for AIDS research</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:50:01 +0000 ridingkm 2622 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health UEM-Vanderbilt Academic Partnership for Enhancements in Research (APER) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs/uem-vanderbilt-academic-partnership-enhancements-research <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">UEM-Vanderbilt Academic Partnership for Enhancements in Research (APER)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:07</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2667" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to UEM-Vanderbilt Academic Partnership for Enhancements in Research (APER)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:11px">Building on over a decade of partnership, the Faculty of Medicine at University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) are seeking to expand upon the groundwork laid by the longstanding <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="67616c68-1b20-4d64-b0af-a7800ed9efdd" href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs/partnership-research-implementation-science-mozambique-prism">PRISM (Partnership for Research in Implementation Science – Mozambique </a>collaboration for HIV implementation science research capacity at UEM.</p> <p>Through a series of evaluations from PRISM, UEM identified two priority areas for further institutional strengthening. As such, the Academic Partnership for Enhancements in Research (APER), a three-year project funded by the Fogarty International Center of the NIH, focuses on grants management through activities designed to reinforce a newly created Office of Project Support at UEM, as well as reinforcing the discipline of biostatistics within the Faculty of Medicine.</p> <p><strong><a name="_Hlk71898155" id="_Hlk71898155">Key components of the program include:</a></strong></p> <p>1) Promotion of sustainability and increased faculty competitiveness in grants management through capacitation of the newly created UEM Office of Project Support in coordination with the Faculty of Medicine Administration/Finance Office.</p> <p>2) Development of a Biostatistics “Core” within UEM´s Implementation Science Unit to provide biostatistics support to faculty and students in the conduct of their research.</p> <p>The Fogarty International Center supports this project under agreement <a href="https://reporter.nih.gov/search/CNrx5ChKmEKSwh4Z2tZDDQ/project-details/10259747">G11TW011529.</a></p> <div> </div> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=156" hreflang="und">Capacity Building Research</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=790" hreflang="und">Implementation Science</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=553" hreflang="und">University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=414" hreflang="und">Mozambique</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=635" hreflang="und">VU Biostatistics</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2149" hreflang="und">Grants Management</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=121" hreflang="und">Ann Green</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2148" hreflang="und">Harriett Myers</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:07:07 +0000 ridingkm 2667 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Liberia IRB Practicum and Workshop Series: Ethics Supplement https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-projects/liberia-irb-practicum-and-workshop-series-ethics-supplement <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Liberia IRB Practicum and Workshop Series: Ethics Supplement</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/04/2020 - 14:10</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2668" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Liberia IRB Practicum and Workshop Series: Ethics Supplement"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNormal">Building on the partnership with University of Liberia, College of Health Sciences (ULCHS), the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) will develop a develop a one-year research ethics education program for members of four institutional review boards (IRBs) in Monrovia, Liberia. Research education and training activities will adapt to the Liberian context from the well-established Collaborative Research Ethics Education (Formação Colaborativa em Etica na Pesquisa, FoCEP) Program for Mozambique.<p></p></p> <ul> <li>Two-Part Research Ethics Practicum Targeting Liberian IRB Directors/Administrators</li> <li>Two Part IRB Committee Member Workshop Series on Research Ethics, Research Integrity, and RCR<span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&#10;Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:&#10;EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-style:italic"> </span></li> </ul> <p>This project is a Supplement for VU-Mozambique Collaborative Research Ethics Education Program: <p></p>Formação Colaborativa em Ética na Pesquisa (FoCEP). <p></p></p> <p>This program builds upon successes of its first five-year period and will continue to nurture a new generation of global health researchers from Mozambique in the ethical review of human participant research and the responsible conduct of research (RCR). This program will continue to strengthen the development and institutionalization of a system for ethical review of human research protocols in Mozambique's biomedical research institutions and newly developed Research Ethics Committees (REC). The present proposal has been developed in response to focused and carefully considered requests from the leadership of UEM and the Mozambican National Bioethics Committee for Health (Comité Nacional de Bioética para Saúde, CNBS) for VUMC's assistance in developing national capacity for ethical review of human studies protocols and teaching research ethics to biomedical and public health investigators.</p> <p><a href="https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_details.cfm?aid=9927718&amp;icde=52694503">NIH Reporter Details</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2105" hreflang="und">Ethics Research Training</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2106" hreflang="und">Elizabeth Heitman</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=741" hreflang="und">Liberia</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=382" hreflang="und">Marie Martin</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 19:10:55 +0000 ridingkm 2668 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV/Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/vanderbilt-nigeria-building-research-capacity-hivnon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV/Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:25</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2619" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV/Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-external-url field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://vumc.org/v-brch" target="_blank">https://vumc.org/v-brch</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV/Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH) Program builds capacity of Nigerian investigators to successfully initiate and implement high-quality clinical trials in HIV-associated non-communicable diseases.</p> <p>The project builds upon longstanding and highly successful collaborations between two leading research institutions in Nigeria and the United States — Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. V-BRCH will be led by Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH, professor of Health Policy and Medicine and associate director for research for VIGH, William Wester, MD, MPH, professor of Medicine at VUMC, and Mahmoud Sani, MBBS, PhD, professor of Medicine and Dean of Clinical Sciences at Bayero University Nigeria and Consultant Cardiologist at AKTH.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=420" hreflang="und">Muktar Aliyu</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=669" hreflang="und">William Wester</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=441" hreflang="und">Nigeria</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=306" hreflang="und">HIV</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=754" hreflang="und">Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2117" hreflang="und">Donna Ingles</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:25:59 +0000 ridingkm 2619 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Partnership for Research in Implementation Science – Mozambique (PRISM) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs/partnership-research-implementation-science-mozambique-prism <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Partnership for Research in Implementation Science – Mozambique (PRISM)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Visitor</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2140" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Partnership for Research in Implementation Science – Mozambique (PRISM)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Republic of Mozambique, a Portuguese-speaking country of 28 million people on the southeast coast of Africa, has experienced significant economic growth and distinct progress in improving health indicators over the past two decades. Since the end of a devastating civil war in 1992, health has been a government priority, particularly in response to the crushing burden of HIV/AIDS. While national efforts to expand HIV health care service delivery have focused on strengthening community-based and regional clinics, there has simultaneously been significant targeted investment to build infrastructure and human capacity in HIV research, innovation, and health education. Medical research, including epidemiologic and health services research, has grown dramatically. This growth has stemmed from international collaborative projects such as the Partnership for Research in Implementation Science- Mozambique (PRISM) funded by the Fogarty International Center of the NIH, a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine at University Eduardo Mondale (UEM) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). </p> <p>Since the launch of the project in 2015, PRISM has focused on supporting the education and research of both master’s and doctoral students at UEM with a focus on HIV implementation Science, modernizing and strengthening UEM’s MPH instruction, and establishing an Implementation Science Unit at UEM. </p> <p>Renewed for a second five-year period, our Specific Aims currently are to:</p> <ol> <li>Train PhD scientists from UEM in HIV implementation science research and strengthen the UEM PhD program</li> <li>Solidify the UEM Faculty of Medicine Implementation Science Unit as a Center of Excellence in Implementation Science training and research</li> <li>Expand opportunities for the conduct of HIV implementation science research by capacitating two Mozambican HIV research institutions/field sites (Aurum-Mozambique and the Center for Health Research-Manhiça [CISM])</li> </ol> <p>The Fogarty International Center supports this project under agreement <a href="https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9310386&amp;icde=39449257&amp;ddparam=&amp;ddvalue=&amp;ddsub=&amp;cr=1&amp;csb=default&amp;cs=ASC&amp;pball=">TW009745</a>.</p> <p><em><a href="https://news.vumc.org/2020/06/09/vigh-awarded-3-million-for-building-research-capacity-in-nigeria-and-mozambique/">More from the VUMC Reporter</a></em></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=790" hreflang="und">Implementation Science</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=414" hreflang="und">Mozambique</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=315" hreflang="und">HIV/AIDS</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=800" hreflang="und">Capacity Building</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2147" hreflang="und">Moshin Sidat</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=121" hreflang="und">Ann Green</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2148" hreflang="und">Harriett Myers</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 01 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000 Visitor 2140 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health The Risk Of HIV Acquisition Among Traditional Healers In South Africa: Implementing Novel Strategies To Improve Protective Behavior https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-projects/risk-hiv-acquisition-among-traditional-healers-south-africa-implementing-novel <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Risk Of HIV Acquisition Among Traditional Healers In South Africa: Implementing Novel Strategies To Improve Protective Behavior</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/01/2020 - 16:41</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2621" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Risk Of HIV Acquisition Among Traditional Healers In South Africa: Implementing Novel Strategies To Improve Protective Behavior"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Project Narrative: Traditional healers, community-based partners with the national health system of South Africa, are exposed to patient blood an average of 1,500 times during their careers due to the practice of delivering herbal remedies via herbs rubbed into dozens of sub-cutaneous cuts. The purpose of this proposal is to compare two implementation strategies to increase consistent use of PPE: (1) a health care worker provided training program followed by 3 educational outreach and coaching visits at the healer's place of practice vs. (2) a training and educational outreach initiative led by a team of health care workers and healers who adopted and use PPE on their own (early adopters) to assess their effects on exposure to patient blood. With an HIV prevalence among healers well above that in the baseline population (30% vs. 19%) and HIV prevalence of 59% among those exposed to patient blood, this study will allow us to test a novel implementation strategy for delivering PPE training to prevent new HIV infections among a newly identified high-risk population in a region with the world's highest HIV prevalence.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/latest-news-vigh/preventing-occupational-exposure-bloodborne-pathogens-among-rural-south-african"><em>VIGH News Article</em></a></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9922456&amp;icde=52027446">NIH Grant Number R21AI150302</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=131" hreflang="und">Carolyn Audet</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=783" hreflang="und">Traditional Healers</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=306" hreflang="und">HIV</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=516" hreflang="und">South Africa</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2104" hreflang="und">University of the Witwatersrand</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:41:31 +0000 ridingkm 2621 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health CareConekta: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a mobile health intervention to improve engagement in postpartum HIV care in South Africa https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/careconekta-study-protocol-randomized-controlled-trial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CareConekta: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a mobile health intervention to improve engagement in postpartum HIV care in South Africa</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 03/01/2020 - 16:56</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2623" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to CareConekta: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a mobile health intervention to improve engagement in postpartum HIV care in South Africa"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>South Africa has more HIV/AIDS patients than any other country and is home to the world’s largest antiretroviral program. According to the World Bank, as of 2018 the prevalence of HIV among South Africans ages 15 to 49 was 20.4%. Nearly one in three pregnant women attending antenatal care in South Africa is living with HIV.</p> <p>As South Africans with HIV move around the country, there is a risk they will disengage from the health care system or otherwise become lost to follow-up care.</p> <p>To study and address this risk, <a href="https://my.vanderbilt.edu/kateclouse/">Kate Clouse</a>, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of Nursing and Medicine and part of the core faculty at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, is working with researchers in South Africa and California on a randomized controlled trial of a smartphone app called CareConekta. Clouse devised CareConekta in collaboration with University of Cape Town researchers Tamsin Phillips, PhD, and Landon Myer, PhD, MBChB.</p> <p>The app is designed to facilitate patient engagement with HIV care across the peripartum period, that is, shortly before, during and immediately after giving birth.</p> <p><em><a href="https://news.vumc.org/2020/05/07/team-to-test-app-for-improving-hiv-care-for-new-mothers-in-south-africa/">VUMC Reporter Article</a></em></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=355" hreflang="und">Kate Clouse</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=516" hreflang="und">South Africa</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=771" hreflang="und">MHealth</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=148" hreflang="und">Biomedical research informatics</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2020 22:56:14 +0000 ridingkm 2623 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health PeerNaija: A Mobile Health Platform https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/peernaija-mobile-health-platform <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PeerNaija: A Mobile Health Platform</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/26/2019 - 18:48</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2688" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to PeerNaija: A Mobile Health Platform"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The scale-up of global antiretroviral therapy (ART) represents an unparalleled global health success story, leading to impressive overall reductions in HIV-related morbidity and mortality. However, adolescents and young adults (AYA), especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa, have largely been left out of this story. While AIDS-related deaths declined by 30% for adults from 2005-2012, they increased by 50% among AYA over the same period, making AIDS the leading cause of death among African youth. AYA living with HIV perform poorly across the entire care continuum. ART adherence is central to effective HIV treatment, but AYA have high rates of virologic failure, virologic rebound after initial suppression, and attrition from HIV care. Unique developmental features of adolescence and young adulthood such as impulsivity, risk-taking, and poor concrete thinking make daily medication adherence even more challenging in this population. In addition, the attitudes and behaviors of young people are often strongly influenced by their peers. This influence can be seen as a powerful incentive for desired behaviors. Much of the literature has focused on financial incentives, which have shown success in promoting health behaviors. There are few data exploring mobile health (mHealth) technologies to exploit social and financial incentives, yet mHealth platforms allow for the delivery of novel behavioral interventions. With the proliferation of mobile phone ownership in Sub-Saharan Africa in general and in Nigeria in particular, such interventions can be delivered where there is greatest need. More than 75% of HIV-infected AYA live in Sub-Saharan Africa, and fully 10% reside in Nigeria. In this proposal, we will adapt an mHealth application, PEERNaija, to leverage both social and financial incentives to improve medication adherence among AYA living with HIV in Nigeria. We will also work with our partners at APIN Public Health in Nigeria to improve capacity to conduct independent mHealth research. The PEERNaija application will feature routine medication reminders, along with individual adherence monitoring with adherence scores, anonymized peer adherence scores (from peers attending the same clinic; social incentive), and a monthly lottery-based prize for youth with the highest adherence scores (financial incentive). To accomplish these aims, we will build on previous collaborations between Vanderbilt and APIN, a multi-site PEPFAR-supported program serving more than 250,000 persons living with HIV in Nigeria. We will engage key stakeholders in the community through focus groups and key informant interviews to guide iterative adaptation of the app. We will recruit a cohort of 50 HIV-infected AYA to pilot the app and assess feasibility, acceptability, adoption, and preliminary efficacy of important clinical measures (including adherence and virologic suppression). The proposed study will provide important preliminary data for the role of mHealth platforms to harness and deliver social and financial incentives to promote adherence efforts, especially for vulnerable youth, and for a larger intervention trial evaluating this app among HIV-infected AYA in Nigeria.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=786" hreflang="und">Aimalohi Ahonkhai</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=771" hreflang="und">MHealth</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=441" hreflang="und">Nigeria</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=315" hreflang="und">HIV/AIDS</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 26 Sep 2019 23:48:27 +0000 ridingkm 2688 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Bridging the Childhood Epilepsy Treatment Gap in Africa (BRIDGE) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/bridging-childhood-epilepsy-treatment-gap-africa <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bridging the Childhood Epilepsy Treatment Gap in Africa (BRIDGE)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?cat=803" hreflang="und">Funding (Active Grants)</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:30</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2412" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Bridging the Childhood Epilepsy Treatment Gap in Africa (BRIDGE)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Principal Investigator: <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/person/edwin-trevathan-md-mph">Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH</a></strong></p> <p>About half of the world's children with epilepsy do not receive treatment – known as the epilepsy treatment gap – with significantly higher rates (67%-90%) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We will conduct the first cluster-randomized clinical trial (cRCT) to determine the efficacy, implementation, and cost-effectiveness of a novel intervention shifting childhood epilepsy care to epilepsy-trained community health extension workers in an effort to close the epilepsy treatment gap. This research will provide information to help extend epilepsy treatment to children in LMICs and worldwide who suffer from untreated seizures.</p> <p><strong>Abstract: </strong>About half of the world's children with epilepsy are not receiving treatment – known as the epilepsy treatment gap, and largely due to the 67%-90% of children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with epilepsy who do not receive treatment.</p> <p>Task-shifting epilepsy care to community health extension workers (CHEWs) working in primary healthcare centers (PHCs) has been recommended by the World Health Organization, but evidence of efficacy for task-shifted epilepsy care is lacking, and large-scale task-shifted epilepsy care has not been implemented. In preparation for a first cluster-randomized clinical trial (cRCT) of task- shifted childhood epilepsy care, we developed and piloted in northern Nigeria (R21TW010899).</p> <ul> <li>(a) a scalable epilepsy training program for CHEWs,</li> <li>(b) an epilepsy community education program in the local language (Hausa), and</li> <li>(c) an epilepsy data collection and management system. We also</li> <li>(d) validated an epilepsy screening tool in this population and</li> <li>(e) documented the feasibility of enrolling children into a study of task- shifted epilepsy care. We now propose this project, “Bridging the Childhood Epilepsy Treatment Gap in Africa (BRIDGE)”, as the first cRCT of task-shifted childhood epilepsy care in Africa.</li> </ul> <p>Sixty PHCs in three northern Nigeria cities (Kano, Zaria, and Kaduna) with an estimated epilepsy treatment gap of 70% will be randomly selected; 30 PHCs will provide task-shifted (to CHEWs) childhood epilepsy care, and 30 PHCs will provide enhanced usual care (EUC) (referral to a physician for epilepsy management plus primary care by an epilepsy- trained CHEW).</p> <p>CHEWs with additional training in epilepsy will screen ~270,000 children ages 1-17, of which we estimate (based on preliminary data) 1700-2552 will have untreated epilepsy, 1530-2297 will enroll in the cRCT, and 1377-2067 will complete the 24-month cRCT. Assuming an equal proportion of children who are seizure-free for at least six months at 24 months follow-up in the two cRCT arms, we will achieve ≥ 80% power to determine an efficacy difference of 10% or greater between the arms.</p> <p>Secondary outcomes of the cRCT will include the percent seizure reduction from enrollment baseline, time to next seizure after a 3-month period of seizure freedom, and accuracy of epilepsy diagnosis and seizure type classification, as determined by blinded physician epilepsy specialists.</p> <p>Socio-behavioral and implementation outcomes will also be determined for the two arms of the cRCT, including acceptability, appropriateness, and feasibility among the healthcare providers and quality of life, epilepsy-associated stigma, and trust in healthcare providers among parents/guardians and enrolled patients (if age 15-17 years).</p> <p>The cost-effectiveness of the task-shifted epilepsy care intervention will be determined in US dollars and Nigerian Naira per additional quality adjusted life year (QALY). This cRCT will inform the implementation of task-shifted care systems to address the childhood epilepsy treatment gap and establish a network of community-based clinical epilepsy research centers in northern Nigeria.</p> <p>More from the NIH Reporter (1R01NS113171-01)</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=715" hreflang="und">Edwin Trevathan</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=716" hreflang="und">Epilepsy</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=111" hreflang="und">Africa</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=784" hreflang="und">Community Health Workers</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=441" hreflang="und">Nigeria</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:30:33 +0000 ridingkm 2412 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health The Partnership for Research in Emerging Viral Infections-Sierra Leone (PREVSL) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs/partnership-research-emerging-viral-infections-sierra-leone <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Partnership for Research in Emerging Viral Infections-Sierra Leone (PREVSL) </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:20</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2410" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Partnership for Research in Emerging Viral Infections-Sierra Leone (PREVSL) "> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:11px">The West African Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 exposed the fragility of Sierra Leone’s health system and highlighted the need for further investments to ensure its future capability of responding to a disease outbreak of this magnitude. The goal of our project is to design and conduct health services research and that can generate the evidence needed for improving the delivery of quality health services for patients with endemic viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) such as Lassa fever, as well as emerging infections such as SARS-CoV-2.  In addition, we aim to strengthen in-country capacity for the conduct of clinical trials, with a special emphasis on vaccine studies. In 2018, Principal Investigators Drs. Troy Moon (VUMC), John Schieffelin (Tulane University), and Donald Grant (University of Sierra Leone and Kenema Government Hospital) completed a one-year planning grant funded by the Fogarty International Center at NIH that allowed our consortium to evaluate the existing research capacity of our in-country partner organizations, while refining our strategies for best approaches to address gaps in that capacity. This experience, along with our team’s extensive knowledge and history of conducting research in Sierra Leone, allowed us to develop the Partnership for Research in Emerging Viral Infections-Sierra Leone (PREVSL), a five-year project to substantially advance implementation science research capacity at Sierra Leone’s principal medical school, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) of the University of Sierra Leone (USL); as well as clinical trial capacity at the Kenema Government Hospital (KGH).</p> <p><strong>Our Specific Aims are to:</strong></p> <p>1) Enhance research capacity at KGH and COMAHS for the conduct of scientifically valid and ethically acceptable clinical trials, with a focus on emerging infections.</p> <p>2) Strengthen and expand the KGH and COMAHS research pool with a focus on Implementation Science research for the clinical management of patients with VHF and other emerging infections.</p> <p>3) Nurture innovative mentored research by PREVSL trainees/alumni to address the clinical management of VHF.</p> <p><strong>Training plan:</strong></p> <p>Our comprehensive training program consists of a combination of:</p> <ul> <li>Long-term Master’s training in clinical investigation (MSCI) with a focus on vaccine clinical trial capacity (Vaccine Fellowship at the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program VVRP)</li> <li>Short- to medium-term clinical trial management training that reinforces south-south collaborations and builds regional networks</li> <li>Short and long-term capacity building in health services implementation science research through in-country short courses and master’s training in Public Health</li> <li>Sustainable capacity building at KGH and COMAHS for the management and administration of future research grant opportunities</li> </ul> <p>Our first trainee from Sierra Leone, Dr. Robert Samuels, completed the two-year MSCI degree which consisted of a one-year Vaccine Fellowship at the VVRP. His Master’s thesis consisted of an evaluation of the clinical presentation and management of children with Lassa Fever in Sierra Leone, which was published in <a>AJTMH</a>.  During his VVRP fellowship, Dr. Samuels served as a research assistant on the Moderna phase III mRNA clinical trial for COVID-19.  This experience led to two publications, one in JAMA and the other in the NEJM.  In addition, Dr. Samuels designed and began implementation of a study, at KGH in Sierra Leone, to evaluate the prevalence of respiratory syncytial virus and influenza in hospitalized children less than two-years of age.</p> <p>Our second trainee, Dr Foday Morovia has completed his first year of classes in the MSCI program and is currently beginning his fellowship with the VVRP.  His research interests include improving the clinical management of patients with VHF like Lassa and Ebola as well as in exploring ways to reduce antimicrobial resistance in Sierra Leone’s health care system.  Dr. Morovia is expected to graduate in 2022.</p> <p>The Fogarty International Center supports this project under agreement <a href="https://reporter.nih.gov/search/8Ibn6XrAVEWQPRxmm78oiA/project-details/10149441">5U2RTW011248</a>.</p> <div> <div> <div id="_com_1" language="JavaScript" onmouseout="msoCommentHide('_com_1')" onmouseover="msoCommentShow('_anchor_1','_com_1')"> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=742" hreflang="und">Sierra Leone</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=156" hreflang="und">Capacity Building Research</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=791" hreflang="und">clinical trial capacity</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=792" hreflang="und">Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=221" hreflang="und">Ebola</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=121" hreflang="und">Ann Green</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2148" hreflang="und">Harriett Myers</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:20:55 +0000 ridingkm 2410 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Collaborative Research Ethics Education-Mozambique (Formaçao Colaborativa em Etica na Pesquisa, FoCEP) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs/collaborative-research-ethics-education-mozambique-formacao <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Collaborative Research Ethics Education-Mozambique (Formaçao Colaborativa em Etica na Pesquisa, FoCEP)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:23</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2411" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Collaborative Research Ethics Education-Mozambique (Formaçao Colaborativa em Etica na Pesquisa, FoCEP)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:8px">The growth in research activity projected for the next decade by the Mozambican government and international agencies highlights the continued need for capacity building in research ethics well into the future. With the groundwork laid for systems of basic, translational, clinical and public health research, capacity development in research ethics has been essential to address critical research questions in an ethically consistent way. The four most evident areas in which attention is still needed are:</p> <ol> <li>Ethics education, review and oversight of graduate and professional student researchers and their thesis research projects</li> <li>The growth of research using biological specimens and clinical and epidemiologic data, including the development of biobanks and a national data warehouse</li> <li>Research on the prevention and treatment of infectious and non-communicable diseases</li> <li>International collaborative research that requires dual review and agreement on the authority of the potentially different regulatory requirements of partner countries.</li> </ol> <p>To address the above needs, we have formed a consortium of partners consisting of University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique; Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and University of Texas Southwestern called the Collaborative Research Ethics Education program  (Formação Colaborativa em Etica na Pesquisa, FoCEP).</p> <p>Since its launch in 2014, the FoCEP program has focused on supporting the education and research of Master’s students in Public Health at UEM with a special emphasis on research ethics; in modernizing and strengthening the instruction of research ethics in UEM’s health sciences education, and in strengthening the functioning and capacity of Mozambique’s newly created network of Institutional Research Ethics Committees (REC).</p> <p>Renewed for a second five-year period, our Specific Aims currently are to:</p> <ul> <li>Expand of the cadre of Mozambican leaders in biomedical research with in-depth knowledge and practical skills in both research design and the ethical conduct of clinical and epidemiologic research through a tailored Master of Public Health (MPH) program and masters-level curriculum enhancements at University Eduardo Mondlane’s Faculty of Medicine (Mozambique’s primary medical school).</li> <li>Enhancement of the knowledge and practical skills of Mozambican REC members and research educators in research ethics, the responsible conduct of research, and research integrity.</li> <li>Further creation, evaluation, and distribution of curricular materials on research ethics and the responsible conduct of research tailored to Portuguese-speaking Africa.</li> </ul> <p>Currently, three FoCEP scholars are working towards their MPH degree at UEM with a special emphasis on biomedical ethics. Their training includes participation in a monthly virtual seminar series on topics of relevance in biomedical ethics and focusing their master’s thesis to topics that include an ethics-based research question. These scholars are also working with MPI Esperança Sevene and the FoCEP team on a research protocol assessing the ethical implications on research, ethics committees, and healthcare access in Mozambique during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>The Fogarty International Center (FIC) supports this project under agreement 5R25TW009722.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=414" hreflang="und">Mozambique</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=231" hreflang="und">Ethics</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=553" hreflang="und">University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=121" hreflang="und">Ann Green</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2148" hreflang="und">Harriett Myers</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2106" hreflang="und">Elizabeth Heitman</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:23:47 +0000 ridingkm 2411 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Immunogenetic predictors of active and incipient TB in HIV-negative and -positive close TB contacts https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/immunogenetic-predictors-active-and-incipient-tb-hiv <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Immunogenetic predictors of active and incipient TB in HIV-negative and -positive close TB contacts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?cat=803" hreflang="und">Funding (Active Grants)</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/users/ridingkm-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ridingkm</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:47</span> <a href="/global-health/blog-post-rss/2404" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Immunogenetic predictors of active and incipient TB in HIV-negative and -positive close TB contacts"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Principal Investigators: </strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/person/timothy-r-sterling-md">Timothy Sterling, MD</a><br /> Bruno Andrade<br /> Thomas Hawn</p> <p>Critical to preventing tuberculosis (TB) is a better understanding of the protective and predisposing factors for progression from M. tuberculosis infection to TB disease. Our group has reported a peripheral blood correlate of risk (COR) transcriptional signature that identified persons with incipient (asymptomatic) TB who progressed to active (symptomatic)TB within 12 months, and also human genetic polymorphisms in a DNA sensor gene region (PYHIN1-IFI16-AIM2) associated with TB risk. We seek to evaluate the immunogenetic and epidemiologic risk factors for active and incipient TB in a Brazilian cohort of HIV-negative and HIV-positive close TB contacts, to identify host pathways associated with protection against TB (for future vaccines), and to identify persons who would benefit from TB preventive therapy.</p> <p>Drs. Timothy Sterling, Bruno Andrade (Instituto Brasileiro para Investigação da Tuberculose (IBIT), Salvador, Brazil), and Thomas Hawn (University of Washington) received a 5 year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled, “Immunogenetic predictors of active and incipient TB in HIV-negative and -positive close TB contacts” (R01AI147765). This was in response to PAR-16-254, "Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design (R01)." Total funding awarded for the 5-year project is $3.6 million, with subcontracts to the Fundação para o Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico em Saúde (FIOTEC; Brazil), the University of Washington, and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Collaborators include Spyros Kalams, Simon Mallal, Mark Pilkinton, and Peter Rebeiro at Vanderbilt; Valeria Rolla, Afranio Kritski, Marcelo Cordeiro Santos, Solange Cavalcante, Cristina Lourenco, and Ricardo Khouri in Brazil; Javeed Shah at the University of Washington; and Mark Hatherill, Thomas Scriba, and Stanley Kimbung at the University of Cape Town.</p> <p>This grant project seeks to understand the protective and predisposing factors for progression from M. tuberculosis infection to TB disease. The group has previously reported a peripheral blood correlate of risk (COR) transcriptional signature that identifies persons with incipient (asymptomatic) TB who subsequently progress to active (symptomatic) TB within 12 months, and also human genetic polymorphisms in a DNA sensor gene region (PYHIN1-IFI16-AIM2) associated with TB risk. In this project, the group will evaluate innate immune responses in macrophages and their correlates with human genetic polymorphisms, acquired immunity to M. tuberculosis, and epidemiologic factors associated with the risk of incipient and active TB. These studies will be performed in the Regional Prospective Observational Research in Tuberculosis (RePORT)-Brazil cohort, which includes culture-confirmed TB cases and their close contacts in racially and ethnically diverse Brazil. This work may identify host pathways associated with protection against TB (for future host-directed therapies and vaccines), and to identify persons infected with M. tuberculosis who would benefit most from TB preventive therapy.</p> <p><a href="https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9848749&amp;icde=45469321">MORE from the NIH Reporter website</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=537" hreflang="und">Timothy Sterling</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=782" hreflang="und">Tuberculosis</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=306" hreflang="und">HIV</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:47:05 +0000 ridingkm 2404 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Higher Education Partnership for Innovation and Sustainable Biomedical Informatics Capacity in Kenya (PISBIC Kenya) https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-program/PISBIC <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Higher Education Partnership for Innovation and Sustainable Biomedical Informatics Capacity in Kenya (PISBIC Kenya)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/global-health/index.php/users/leadee1-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">leadee1</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:00</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2351" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Higher Education Partnership for Innovation and Sustainable Biomedical Informatics Capacity in Kenya (PISBIC Kenya)"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>PI: <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/person/martin-c-were-md-ms">Martin C. Were, M.D., M.S. </a></strong></p> <p>VIGH core faculty member <strong><a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/person/martin-c-were-md-ms" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Martin Were</a>, M.D., M.S.</strong>, associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, was recently awarded a cooperative agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish the Higher Education Partnership for Innovation and Sustainable Biomedical Informatics Capacity in Kenya (PISBIC Kenya).  </p> <p>PISBIC Kenya focuses on building workforce capacity; building evidence about the impact, costs, and benefits of health informatics systems; and producing locally responsive digital health solutions.</p> <p>The program is a partnership between Moi University's Institute of Biomedical Informatics and Aga Khan University in Kenya and Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Purdue University in the United States. Dr. Were and his team will pursue the project goals to further the use of digital health technologies in order to improve health care quality, patient and population health outcomes, and data-driven decision-making to improve healthcare delivery systems.</p> <p>This program is one of four projects under the <strong><a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/sites/default/files/documents/ALP%20one%20pager%202.25.19.pdf">Accelerating Local Potential Program</a></strong> umbrella to help propel "higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries to become global leaders in scientific education and research, and to increase their presence as a source of knowledge and innovation for local government officials, policy makers, and other development actors."</p> <p>PISBIC Kenya is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. For more info, visit <a href="https://www.usaid.gov/">www.usaid.gov</a>.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=713" hreflang="und">Martin Were</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=360" hreflang="und">Kenya</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=2117" hreflang="und">Donna Ingles</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:00:12 +0000 leadee1 2351 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Population mobility and retention in HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/population-mobility-and-retention-hiv-care-among <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Population mobility and retention in HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Visitor</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00</span> <a href="/global-health/index.php/blog-post-rss/2323" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Population mobility and retention in HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Principal Investigator(s): <br /> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/person/kate-clouse-phd-mph">Kate Clouse, Ph.D., M.P.H.</a></p> <p><a href="https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=8919531&amp;icde=39447271&amp;ddparam=&amp;ddvalue=&amp;ddsub=&amp;cr=4&amp;csb=default&amp;cs=ASC&amp;pball="><strong>Population mobility and retention in HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa (K01MH107256)</strong></a><br /> HIV-positive women in South Africa are at high risk of dropping out of HIV care soon after delivery, endangering the life of the mother and infant. The impact of population mobility around the time of delivery on retention in HIV care is unknown. This mentored K01 award will support training and research to explore the impact of population mobility on retention in postpartum HIV care and gather critical information for the development of future interventions to improve retention in HIV care.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=355" hreflang="und">Kate Clouse</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=516" hreflang="und">South Africa</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=315" hreflang="und">HIV/AIDS</a>, <a href="/global-health/index.php/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=387" hreflang="und">Maternal and Child Health</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Visitor 2323 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Liberia (PEER/Liberia) Consortium https://www.vumc.org/global-health/index.php/current-funding-portfolio-ordered-start-date/residency-integrated-medical-education-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Liberia (PEER/Liberia) Consortium</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?cat=803" hreflang="und">Funding (Active Grants)</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Visitor</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00</span> <a href="/global-health/blog-post-rss/2133" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Liberia (PEER/Liberia) Consortium"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Principal Investigator(s): <br /> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/person/bonnie-miller-md">Bonnie Miller, M.D.</a><br /> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/person/troy-moon-md-mph">Troy Moon, M.D. M.P.H.</a><br /> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/global-health/person/marie-h-martin-phd-med">Marie Martin, M.Ed., Ph.D.</a></p> <p><b>Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Liberia </b><a href="http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEERLiberia/index.htm"><strong>(PEER-Liberia</strong></a><b>) </b>program under PEER sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.</p> <p>In the aftermath of the Western Africa Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015, hundreds of Ebola survivors have developed a range of ocular conditions from persistent Ebola virus in the eye’s aqueous humor — fluid that fills space between the lens and cornea — for months following the initial hemorrhagic infection. Care and treatment of these individuals requires specialized medical expertise, and more research is need to understand ocular diseases among survivors.</p> <p>PRIMER-Liberia will focus on developing institutional capacity for a new, fully accredited Ophthalmology residency training program through the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) in Monrovia, Liberia; as well as providing technical assistance towards medical curriculum reform and overall research capacity of the AM Dogliotti College of Medicine (AMD). This initiative will also compliment Liberia’s preclinical sustainability plan, and help to strengthen the health system more broadly. Training and education activities include, curriculum development, in-county workshops, distance learning, training for community-based and ancillary health care providers, mentoring of faculty and residents, apprenticeships and clinical rotations.</p> <p>While the primary outcome is to enhance medical school training that will develop a pipeline of faculty in Ophthalmology with the requisite skills to ensure Ophthalmology Residency Programs meet accreditation standards of the West African College of Physicians, this initiative will also compliment Liberia’s preclinical sustainability plan, and help to strengthen the health system more broadly. Training and education activities include, curriculum development, in-county workshops, distance learning, training for community-based and ancillary health care providers, mentoring faculty and residents, apprenticeships and clinical rotations.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2018/02/08/partnership-enhances-eye-care-for-ebola-survivors-in-liberia/">Learn more &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=795" hreflang="und">International Training Grant/Program</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=741" hreflang="und">Liberia</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=778" hreflang="und">Ophthalmology</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=221" hreflang="und">Ebola</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=382" hreflang="und">Marie Martin</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=544" hreflang="und">Troy Moon</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=800" hreflang="und">Capacity Building</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=754" hreflang="und">Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)</a>, <a href="/global-health/current-research-and-training-programs?tag=711" hreflang="und">Elizabeth Rose</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000 Visitor 2133 at https://www.vumc.org/global-health