Douglas C. Heimburger M.D., M.S.
Associate Director for Education and Training,
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies NIH/FIC (D43TW009348)
The Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (VZNIGHT) will identify and nurture 12 American and Zambian research trainees (4 cohorts of 3) in an integrated training environment to develop and deploy new low-resource diagnostic technologies to enable Zambia to advance its malaria control campaign. Annual tripartite cohorts of US and Zambian postdoctoral researchers – one trainee each from the basic sciences, engineering sciences, and clinical or public health sciences – will develop and implement its own unique innovative solution for malaria detection in a multidisciplinary environment that includes the basic sciences, engineering sciences, global health and clinical sciences at Vanderbilt University and multiple Zambia partner institutions. VZNIGHT is establishing a network for innovation that develops an ongoing pipeline of technologies and products that improve diagnostic capabilities and assist the Zambian health system to realize its goal of a malaria-free Zambia.