VIRDE Scholars Complete Short Course in Grant Writing and Research Ethics at Vanderbilt


2019 VIRDE Scholars


The Vanderbilt Institute for Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE) welcomed eleven medical and public health professionals from Brazil, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia to Vanderbilt for a one-month training course in October 2019. The course covers grant writing and research ethics, and is facilitated by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH).  

VIRDE scholars receive intensive training in research development and productivity, and the course is intended to further develop necessary skills to conduct responsible human subjects’ research and develop a grant proposal for submission. Scholars are matched with a Vanderbilt faculty mentor to aid them in the grant development process. Additionally, VIRDE trainees complete 9 contact hours of specially tailored coursework in research ethics and research integrity. VIRDE scholars receive a certificate on the completion of the course.  

This program has issued certificates to 59 scholars, and 54% percent of their grant submissions were awarded.

2019 VIRDE Scholars

Dr. Marcelo Cordeiro-Santos, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of the State of Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil

Dr. Ivandra Magaia, Mental Health, Trauma & Violence Program Coordinator, National Institute of Health, Maputo (INS), Mozambique

Dr. Dinis Nguena, Clinical Scientist, Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM), Mozambique

Dr. Jahit Sacarlal, Head of Microbiology Department and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Mozambique

Dr. Emilio Valverde, Country Director, The Aurum Institute, Mozambique

Ms. Murjanatu Abdullahi, Sr. Research Nurse, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Nigeria

Dr. Nafiu Hussaini, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Dr. Umar Sabo, Lecturer/Consultant, Bayero University Kano and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Nigeria

Dr. Maryam Amour, Assistant Lecturer, School of Public Health and Internal Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Dr. Benson Kidenya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Dr. Hikabasa Halwiindi, Head, Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Zambia (UNZA)