FICRS-F Scholars and Fellows Program (2007-2011)

Scholars & Fellows History

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program (FICRS) was initiated in 2003 as the Fogarty International Center/Ellison Program. The FICRS program was a one-year, mentored training experience which provides opportunities for U.S. graduate students in the health professions to participate in clinical research and have hands-on experience at top-ranked, NIH-funded research centers across the globe from Bangladesh to Zambia. The purpose of the program was to foster the next generation of clinical investigators with an eye toward building international health research collaborations in the developing world.

In 2008 the program expanded to include a post-doctoral fellowship for medical residents and fellows, as well as scientists with PhDs engaged in health-related post-doctoral programs, called the International Clinical Research Fellows (FICRF).

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health provided programmatic leadership and support for the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows Programs from 2007 through an R24 grant from the Fogarty International Center. We have been honored to to work with amazing colleagues and institutions to deliver these opportunities to hundreds of future global health leaders across the globe, and hope that this website is useful in exploring the history of these programs, highlighting our wonderful alumni, and providing information and resources for other global health programs.

For a full program history and description:

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Dec;85(6):971-8.
Nurturing the global workforce in clinical research: the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Clinical Scholars and Fellows Program.
Heimburger DC, Carothers CL, Gardner P, Primack A, Warner TL, Vermund SH.

The Scholars Program

Program Established: Fiscal Year 2003

In 2003, the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued the first solicitation for applications under the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program (FICRS-F) for U.S. and developing country advanced degree students in the health sciences. This program provided early career opportunities for U.S. graduate students in the health professions to participate in mentored clinical research in developing countries.

The FICRS-F Support Center was established at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health, and oversaw overall program management, information dissemination and applicant selection, communications, program coordination and logistics, program monitoring and evaluation, organization of educational programs and conferences, and maintains relationships with program alumni. The FICRS-F Support Center and its programming was supported by FIC and more than 17 institutes and centers at NIH.

The purpose of the program was to encourage the next generation of clinical research investigators to focus on international health issues. The program also provided new investigators with hands-on experience working in poor and transitional countries.

Number of Awards:

FY 2004 20 U.S. Scholars and 15 International Scholars
FY 2005 27 U.S. Scholars and 27 International Scholars
FY 2006 23 U.S. Scholars and 24 International Scholars
FY 2007 25 U.S. Scholars and 24 International Scholars
FY 2008 32 U.S. Scholars and 33 International Scholars
FY 2009 32 U.S. Scholars and 32 International Scholars
FY 2010 38 U.S. Scholars and 37 International Scholars
FY 2011 23 U.S. Scholars and 22 International Scholars
 

Supporting NIH Institutes:

FICODNCINIDANIMHNHLBININRNIAIDNINDSNEINICHDNIDCRNIDDKNCMHDOARORWHOBSSR, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Highlights:

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program (FICRS) offered young researchers one year of mentored clinical research training at a site in a low- or middle-income country. The program was open to U.S. graduate students in the health professions, with the hope that such experiences during a formative period would encourage them to pursue careers in global health-related clinical research. The program also provided support for graduate-level clinical research activities at the international sites, as well as a stipend for an international graduate student to work alongside the U.S. trainee during the clinical research year.
Trainees have been hosted in countries around the world, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, China, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

Training sites were selectively chosen and provided an outstanding clinical research training experience to one or more Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars. Specifically, sites were equipped with the following: an FIC international training grant and an NIH clinical research grant; strong ethical review and oversight of clinical research; committed interest and expertise in mentoring students; appropriate research facilities; and suitable infrastructure arrangements for housing, food, and transportation.

The program builds on international training and research grants supported by FIC and collaborating NIH institutes. Such grants have been integral to the training and career development of developing country scientists and health professionals.


The Fellows Program

Program Established: Fiscal Year 2007

In 2007 the FICRSF Support Center developed a post-doctoral program for medical residents and fellows, as well as scientists with PhDs engaged in health-related post-doctoral programs. The Fellows Program was based on the same main components as the Scholars Program: mentored clinical research and orientation toward global health.

The Fellows were further along in their careers than the Scholars, and thus posed a greater challenge in the application process. Fellows and Scholars alike were evaluated on their own potential; however, Fellows were also evaluated on their proposed sites, research projects, and qualifications of their proposed mentors.

Number of Awards:

FY 2008 16 U.S. Fellows and 14 International Fellows
FY 2009 10 U.S. Fellows and 14 International Fellows
FY 2010 19 U.S. Fellows and 13 International Fellows
FY 2011 25 U.S. Fellows and 11 International Fellows
Total to date: 70 U.S. Fellows and 54 International Fellows

Supporting NIH Institutes:

FICOARNCINHLBINIAIDNIMH,NEI and ARRA.

 

This lovely mess is a co-authorship map for the Fogarty Scholars & Fellows Program! Visit http://knalij.com/ and search for TW007988 to explore articles published by our trainees, alumni, and mentors under the FICRS-F program grant! Or put in your own name and make a visual representation of your co-authorship relationships!

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Fogarty Scholars and Fellows had the opportunity to gain mentored research training from numerous high-caliber mentors and institutions around the globe.  Program mentors were the backbone of the FICRS-F experience, and they continue to invest in the future of global health via research and training.

AB Prisma, Bolivia and Peru

Partner Institution: JHU Bloomberg School of Public Helath
Site Directors: Robert H. Gilman, MD, Faustino Torrico

Beijing – The National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS)/Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), China

Partner Institution: Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health
Site Directors: Han-Zhu Qian, PhD, Ning Wang, MD, PhD

Botswana-Harvard SPH AIDS Initiative Partnership, Botswana

Partner Institution: Harvard University, Harvard School of Public Health
Site Directors: Myron Essex, DVM, PhD

Botswana-UPenn Partnership, Botswana

Partner Institution: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Site Directors: Harvey Friedman, MD, Loeto Mazhani, MD

Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Zambia

Partner Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of International Women’s Health
Site Directors: Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc

Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in S. Africa CAPRISA, South Africa

Partner Institution: Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Site Directors: Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, Nesri Padayatchi, MD

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China

Partner Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Site Directors: Jay A Levy, MD, Yiming Shao, MD, PhD

Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences(CAMS), China

Partner Institution: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Site Directors: Jennifer Smith, PhD, You-Lin Qiao, MD, MPH, PhD

Christian Medical College, India

Partner Institution: Tufts University School of Medicine
Site Directors: Christine Wanke, MD, Gagandeep Kang MD, PhD, FRCPath

Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Site Directors: NA, Bogani M Mayosi, MB, ChB, Dphil, Raj Ramesar, MD

Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, Nigeria

Site Directors: Adeyinka Ashaye, MD, MS

Faculty of Medicine, University Eduardo Mondlane Friends in Global Health, Mozambique

Partner Institution: Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health
Site Directors: Alfredo Vergara, PhD, Mohsin Sidat, MD, MSc, PhD

Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya

Partner Institution: University of California San Francisco
Site Directors: Craig Cohen, MD, MPH,

Federal University of Bahia & Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil

Partner Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College
Site Directors: Marshall J. Glesby, MD, PhD, Edgar M Carvalho, MD, PhD, Albert Ko, MD

Federal University of Ceara, Institute of Biomedicine and Clinical Research Unit, Brazil

Partner Institution: University of Virginia
Site Directors: Richard L Guerrant, MD, Aldo A M Lima, MD, PhD

GHESKIO, Haiti

Partner Institution: Weill Cornell Medicial College
Site Directors: Daniel W Fitzgerald, MD, Jean William Pape, MD

Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Uganda

Site Directors: Yukari C Manabe, MD

Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy, Argentina

Partner Institution: Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Site Directors: Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, Jose Belizan, MD, PhD

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, Guatemala

Partner Institution: Inststitute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama- INCAP
Site Directors: Manuel Ramirez-Zea, MD, Sandra Murillo, PhD, Jose Adan Montes, MD

Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt, of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru

Partner Institution: The University of Texas Medical Branch
Site Directors: A. Clinton White, MD, Martin Montes, MD

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Site Directors: Alejandro Cravioto

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Partner Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital
Site Directors: Stephen Calderwood, MD, Firdausi Qadri, PhD

Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda

Partner Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Site Directors: Robert Salata, MD, Peter Mugyenyi, FRCP, ScD

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania

Partner Institution: Duke University
Site Directors: G. Ralph Corey, MD, John A. Crump, MB, ChB, DTM&H

Moi University School of Medicine, Kenya

Partner Institution: The Miriam Hospital/Brown University
Site Directors: E. Jane Carter, MD, Fabian Esamai, MD, PhD

Muhimbili Univ. of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Partner Institution: Harvard School of Public Health
Site Directors: Wafaie W Fawzi, MD, DrPH, Japhet Killewo, MBCHB, DrPH, MSc, PhD

Nanjing – National Center for STD Control (NCSTD)/WHO Collaborating Center on Prevention and Control of STIs, China

Partner Institution: UNC Chapel Hill Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Site Directors: Myron S Cohen, MD, Chen Xiangsheng, MD, PhD

Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Site Directors: Teke Apalata, MBChB, MMed

Public Health Foundation of India, India

Partner Institution: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Site Directors: K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, Mohammed Ali, MBChB, MSc, Dorairaj Prabhakaran MD, DM,MSc

Research Institute for Health Educations Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Partner Institution: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Site Directors: Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Thira Sirisanthana, MD, Suwat Chariyalertsak, DrPH

Rwanda-Zambia HIV Research Group, Project San Francisco, Rwanda, Zambia

Partner Institution: Emory University
Site Directors: Susan Allen, MD, MPH, DTM&H,

Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China

Partner Institution: Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center
Site Directors: Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD, Fan Wu, MD

The George Institute, China

Site Directors: Yangfeng Wu, MD, PhD

UNC Project, Malawi

Partner Institution: Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Site Directors: Charles van der Horst, MD, Irving Hoffman PA, MPH, Francis Martinson MD, PhD, Mina Hosseinipour MD, MPH

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, A.B. PRISMA, Peru

Partner Institution: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of International Health
Site Directors: Robert H Gilman, MD, DTMH

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Investigacion Medica en Salud, Peru

Partner Institution: University of Washington
Site Directors: Joseph R Zunt, MD, MPH, Silvia Montano, MD

University of Bamako/Mali Service Center, Mali

Partner Institution: University of Maryland, Balitmore
Site Directors: Christopher V Plowe, MD, MPH, Ogobara K Doumbo, MBChB, PhD

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Partner Institution: University of Washington
Site Directors: Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH, James Kiarie, MBChB, Mmed, MPH

University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica

Site Directors: Celia DC Christie, MD, MPD

YR Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education, India

Partner Institution: The Miriam Hospital/Brown University
Site Directors: Kenneth Mayer, MD, Suniti Solomon, MD

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows Support Center is excited to host New Experiences in Narrative, an  essay series authored by alumni of the Fogarty Scholars, Fellows, and Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship programs. We will be releasing one essay a week through March and April. This remarkable project was conceived, curated, and edited by alumni Benjamin Bearnot and Alexandria Coria.

Truths Found in Lost Time. Brian Barnett, Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow in Public Health

Facing many structural and economic realities, Brian Barnett learned to appreciate the culture of waiting and the extreme patience required to do clinical research during his Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship year in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Stars in Eyes: A treatise on not saving the world. Alexandra Coria, Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar

Fogarty International Center Research Scholar Alexandra Coria reflects on the attitudes she has encountered from those outside the field of global health with regard to international aid and development work.  She addresses the need of global health researchers to carefully consider and constantly reevaluate the ultimate impacts, positive and negative, of their work.

The Wild Card. Ayaba Worjoloh, Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow

Ayaba Worjoloh, an American obstetrician/gynecologist and Fogarty International Center Research Fellow, addresses her struggle to confront the “wild card” – the unpredictability of pregnancy outcomes in a place that cannot employ the same sophisticated monitoring and prediction techniques with which she was trained in the US. She traces her development as a physician and a person as she has learned to come to terms with this unpredictability. A graduate of the Duke Global Health Fellowship Pathway, Dr. Worjoloh continues to care for disadvantaged populations at the Navajo Area Indian Health Service in New Mexico. 

Partners in Change. Benjamin Bearnot, 2011-2012 Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow in Public Health

Through Benjamin’s Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship experience, he was able to foster the link between HIV prevention science and social change on a university campus in Durban, South Africa.

To those who are always leaving, and for those who never left. Devan Jaganath, 2011-2012 Fogarty International Center Research Scholar

The death of a former scholar while living at his Fogarty research site in Kampala, Uganda, shocked and saddened the Fogarty community. In this essay, 2011-2012 Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar, Devan Jaganath, describes how Sujal’s legacy has influenced his work during his own fellowship year in Kampala.

Developing Sustainability. Lilian Seu, Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow

Going in Blind. Eva Clark, Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar
While working in a low or middle-income country like Bolivia, Fogarty Scholar Eva Clark found it difficult to watch the health system suffer from a demotivated healthcare staff and aging equipment. Despite this, she was inspired to see how physicians in these countries are able to care for patients using basic skills and techniques that many of us in more resource rich settings have lost.

Walking Lusaka. Matthew Gartland, Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar

In this essay, Fogarty International Scholar, Matthew Gartland, describes his daily observations of Lusaka street life, and reflects on market systems rationally guided by consumer need. He contrasts this to systems that are based more on convenience than demand and draws comparisons from these models—both of which he has witnessed during his fellowship—to the ways public health research is conducted.
 

At Home in Bangladesh. Russell Johnson, Fogarty International Center Research Scholar

 

Fogarty International Center Research Scholar, Russell Johnson, was deeply affected by his fellowship year conducting cholera research in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this essay, Russell discusses some of the challenges of living in one of the world’s most densely populated cities and how these experiences have shaped his desire to pursue global health research in the future.

Gender, Power, and Equality in Global Health. Emily Mendenhall, Fogarty International Center Research Scholar

In her essay, Fogarty International Center Research Scholar Emily Mendenhall explores the difficulties of cultural relativism and specifically gender discrimination from the perspective of a highly-educated woman working in rural India. She examines how discrimination of all kinds can be experienced and approached by Western researchers, and introduces the idea of “people with chisels,” chipping away at the barriers imposed by culturally ingrained biases regarding gender and class.

Editors’ Statement:
Thank you for taking time to read this collection of essays. 

We are grateful for the global health training provided to us by the Fogarty International Center, and are honored that Fogarty and the FICRS-F Support Center at Vanderbilt have offered to share our stories of transformation, discovery, and tragedy with a community of individuals with whom they will resonate most strongly.

In reading these essays, one can see how profoundly our international clinical research fellowships have shaped our early clinical and scientific training. We hope that this project will encourage doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to prioritize such challenging and rewarding experiences in their own training.

With regards,
Benjamin Bearnot
MD Candidate, NYU School of Medicine
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow, South Africa

Alexandra Coria
MD Candidate, Geisel School of Medicine
Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar, Tanzania

 

The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) Fellowship

The GHES program brings together a consortium that includes the University of California, Berkeley, Florida International University, Stanford University, and Yale University; and 12 affiliated international sites across 11 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe).

The GHES program supports a one-year mentored research fellowship for investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries. The program will provide trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to promote health equity for populations around the world. Trainees will be matched with top-tier global health research faculty from one of the four participating U.S. institutions and an international site, thus enabling them to engage in rich and enduring, mentored research experiences that will foster scientific and career development in global health research.

The main objective of the program is to generate a new and young cadre of global health researchers, educators, and professionals who will be prepared to address the new challenges in global health. These may include health challenges that arise from the world’s burgeoning human settlements known as slums that have developed in urban and rural communities of many low and middle-income countries. Factors associated with chronic, non-communicable, as well as infectious diseases, environmental health hazards, risks specific to women and children, intentional and unintentional injuries, and mental disorders are potential areas of research that will be supported under this program. Additionally, the program will support research on the challenges of providing accessible and high quality health care services at all levels in resource-limited settings. Interventions that seek to address the management of scarce resources and identify innovative solutions to improving health services, and the evaluation of these interventions, will be supported under this program.

University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) GloCal Health Fellowship

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) GloCal Health Fellowship is a career development fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center (FIC), as well as a consortium at the UCGHI. This consortium is comprised of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); University of California, San Diego (UCSD); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California, Davis (UCD); 27 affiliated international sites across 16 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Zimbabwe); and institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The purpose of the program is to support an 11-month, mentored research fellowship for existing and aspiring investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries (please note all trainees must spend 11 consecutive months in-country in order to be eligible for the program). Several training sites are available through the UCGHI / international institution consortium.

The program will provide trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to improve health for populations around the world. Trainees will be matched with top-tier global health faculty from one of the four participating UCs and an international site, thus engaging in rich and enduring, mentored research experiences that will foster scientific and career development in global health research.

UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

UNC-CH, JHU, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University have been funded by the Fogarty International Center and affiliated centers and offices within the National Institutes of Health to form a consortium in 2012 to launch the Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program. This consortium brings together four top-ranked universities and 19 international research training sites in Africa, Asia, and South America. There are fifty-nine U.S.-based mentors across the universities disciplines in medicine, public health, and the basic sciences. Seventy-six specified in-country faculty mentors are available across the international sites; many of whom were trained through Fogarty International Center programs.

This program is suited for 1. post-doctoral researchers in a junior faculty position who have completed an Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) in any of the health science disciplines, 2.early-stage postdoctoral researchers, 3.and doctoral students from schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine. Trainees from low- or middle-income country (LMIC) international sites can apply as postdocs or as a predoc who is then “twinned” with the U.S. doctoral student trainee.

Funding can also be used for travel and research supplements for junior faculty with K awards who wish to spend the year overseas.
We also welcome applications from research ‘teams’. For instance, if two or more post-doctoral fellows want to work together overseas on a project involving more than one health science school they should apply for joint funding.

Northwestern Pacific Global Health Fellowship Program

The Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium is a partnership between the Universities of Washington, Hawaii, Michigan and Minnesota; with international partnerships in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Peru, Thailand and China. These institutions were chosen due to our strong collaborative history and our existing NIH training grant programs; together we have 222 years of collaboration with the six international partners in our consortium.

Research Themes
Research and training themes currently addressed by Consortium members range across a wide spectrum of health themes, including infectious diseases (HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, herpesviruses, HPV, HTLV), key non-communicable and chronic health problems (cancer, pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, child development and mental health, women’s health, genetics, and nutrition), environmental (built environment, tobacco use, lead toxicity, slum upgrading), trauma, policy, nursing, oral health, engineering and implementation science – making these Consortium partnerships ideal locations to mentor trainees from a wide variety of disciplines and provide an interdisciplinary training environment for the next generation of Global Health researchers.

Mentorship & Curriculum
We strongly value mentorship and believe that it is the key to a successful career in Global Health. Therefore, each trainee is paired with a team of mentors (both domestically and abroad) that provide disease-specific knowledge, epidemiological support, and career guidance for the duration of the fellowship and in the years after they complete our program. Additionally, trainees will complete an 11 month curriculum which was specifically designed for this program and prepares trainees to be successful grant writers, mentors, and leaders in the field of Global Health.

VECD Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program

The Global Health Fellowship Program is one-year clinical research training program for pre- and postdoctoral candidates, sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Fellows train in an 11-month intensive, hands-on research program at one of our affiliated international training sites. VECD’s highly experienced global health mentors work together to mentor fellows in numerous US and LMIC partner institutions, selected as diverse, well-funded research sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The VECD Global Health Consortium represents 115 faculty members from our four US Universities and international collaborating institutions who serve as potential mentors for fellows. These faculty members represent expertise in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer, nutrition, diabetes/metabolic diseases, cardiology, mental health, women and MCH, pediatrics, substance abuse, ophthalmology, dental/oral health, surgery, trauma, burn, anesthesiology, health systems /implementation science, behavioral/social sciences, nursing, neurology/stroke, lung diseases, & genetics.

The chart below gives a ‘quick glance’ summary of eligibility across the various fellowship programs. Please note that this information does not encompass all the specific details of eligibility for each program. Applicants should visit the respective website of each program for full eligibility requirements and application procedures.

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The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program will end in 2013 and will no longer accept new applications.  There are many other opportunities for students and post-doctoral scientists to engage in mentored global clinical research training:

The Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars

provides supportive mentorship, research opportunities and a collaborative research environment for early stage investigators from the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries. Five Support Centers  identify postdoctoral Fellows and doctoral Scholars.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships

The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. These are 9 month fellowships oriented towards doctoral students in health sciences, although eligibility is on a site-by-site basis.
The newly established Fulbright-Fogarty Post-Doctoral Research Awards in Public Health will begin this fall.

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship

HIVCorps Internships in Zambia

The UNC-affiliated Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has an internship program, termed “HIVCorps.” The HIVCorps program sponsors volunteers in HIV prevention, treatment, and research activities in Lusaka, Zambia. Expatriate volunteers – usually pre-medical / medical students, or recent MPH graduates – are paired with Zambian counterparts of similar training and experience and work under a UNC-CIDRZ faculty mentor. This is a one year commitment.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine Fellowships

ASTMH offers a variety of fellowships.

Child Family Health International

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just.

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP)

Based in Washington, DC, the internships are located in the Global Health Bureau of the US Agency for International Development. Graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Elluminate Lecture Series

From the Dogon Country to Pol Pot’s Lair

Chris Plowe, M.D., M.P.H., Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of the Malaria Section of the University’s Center for Vaccine Development, talks about his work with malaria in Mali.

Epidemiology in Transition in China: Opportunities and Challenges

Xiao-Ou Shu, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor and Cancer Epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, talks about her current work in China.  Dr. Shu investigates the epidemiology of cancer and chronic disease in large population-based, cohort studies.

Clinical Trials

Marshall Glesby, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine Associate Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College, talks about clinical trial methodology. His primary research focus is metabolic complications of HIV disease and its therapy.  Dr. Glesby co-directs the Clinical Trials Design and Analysis course of the Weill K30 funded Masters in Clinical Investigation program.

Complications of Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource-Limited Settings

Yukari Manabe, M.D., Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, talks about her work with HIV and TB in Uganda.  Her research and professional experience are in the areas of infectious disease, including TB-HIV co-infection

CNS Infections

Joe Zunt, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Neurology and of Global Health, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, will make an Elluminate presentation on “CNS Infections”.  Dr. Zunt directs a numbers of training activities in Peru for a number of training programs.  His expertise includes work in retroviral infections, infections in the nervous system, commercial sex work, and pediatric/adolescent health.

Mother-to-child HIV transmission in resource-limited settings

Carey Farquhar, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of IARTP at UW, will present on Mother-to-child HIV transmission in resource-limited settings.  Dr. Farquhar is interested in AIDS epidemiology and HIV prevention in Africa as well as heterosexual and vertical HIV transmission.

Life Under the Junta: Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in Burma’s Chin State

Chris Beyrer, M.D., M.P.H., PI of the Chiang Mai University site, will give his presentation on human rights work in the Thai-Burma zone. Dr. Beyrer’s research and professional experience includes HIV/AIDS preventive interventions, including HIV vaccine clinical trials and preparedness studies; epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of HIV; substance use and narcotics research; and public health and human rights.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccines: Current Status and Future Prospects for HIV Prevention?

Jennifer Smith, PI of the Cancer Institute and Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CICAMS) site in Beijing, China will give a presentation on “Human Papillomavirus Vaccines: Current Status and Future Prospects for HIV Prevention?” Dr. Smith’s current research focuses on epidemiological studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer worldwide (primarily in North Carolina, China, and Kenya), with a focus on prevention via screening or prophylactic HPV vaccines, and on the sero-epidemiology of herpes simplex virus infections.

Protective Immunity to Human Cholera – Studies from Fogarty Students

Stephen Calderwood, M.D., PI of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh: Laboratory Sciences Division in Dhaka, Bangladesh will give a talk on “Protective Immunity to Human Cholera – Studies from Fogarty Students”. His clinical interests are in bacterial gastroenteritis, endocarditis, meningitis, and general infectious disease with research interests in cholera and cholera vaccines.

Update on PrEP Trials

Kenneth Mayer, M.D., Professor of Medicine & Community Health at Brown University; Director of the Brown University AIDS Program; Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, will present an Update on PrEP Trials.  Dr. Mayer has a long history of working in HIV prevention and vaccine research, both in the U.S. and abroad.

A Veterinary Perspective of Global Health

Daphne Carlson-Bremer, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Fellow at the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health, talks about her work studying the linkages between veterinary development and health, social, and economic outcomes for humans in Mozambique. Her doctorate research has focused on the epidemiology of protozoal parasites in California seat lions.  Prior to completing her work on her master’s degree, Dr. Carlson-Bremer practiced veterinary medicine in Houston and Berkeley for five years.

Bringing your Fogarty Lessons Home; Transitioning after Your Fogarty Year

Joseph Tucker, M.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the the UNC School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Fogarty Fellow in Nanjing, China 2008-2009, will present on “Bringing your Fogarty Lessons Home; Transitioning after Your Fogarty Year”. Dr. Tucker has research interests in syphilis and HIV in China, the implementation of routine syphilis/HIV testing, particularly as they relate to Chinese social structures.  As a Fogarty Fellow in Nanjing, China in 2008-2009, Dr. Tucker studied STI clinician attitudes in South China.  Dr. Tucker will speak about his experience returning to the U.S. following his Fogarty year.

Polio Eradication

Peter Wright, MD, Professor of pediatrics at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, discusses Polio Eradication and his experience in Haiti. Dr. Wright is an ambassador to the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health, and continues to split his time between Haiti, Nashville, and Vermont.

Road Traffic Injuries: A Global Health Challenge

Myat Htoo Razak, PhD, MBBS, Dr. Razak is the Program Director of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Training for Scholars and Fellows Program, and the Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program of the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both programs focus on research capacity building and strengthening global health research networks for health professionals from the U.S. and developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition, Dr. Razak is the FIC Program Team Leader of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a joint-program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and NIH that aims to provide support to improve quantity, quality and retention of health professionals in Africa. He has more than 20 years of experience in clinical services, epidemiology, HIV/AIDS research and intervention, global health capacity building and health systems strengthening.

The HIV Neurology in Kenya (THINK) Study: Results from Pilot Testing

Ana-Claire Meyer, MD, MSHS, was a 2009-2010 Fogarty Fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco, where she continues to work with KEMRI and FACES Kenya.

Changing Spectrum of CVD in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gerald Bloomfield, MD, completed the Duke Global Health Fellowship Pathway and a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship in 2010 and is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr Bloomfield continues his work in Eldoret, Kenya at Moi University to determine the local contemporary causes of heart failure and to help establish an NHLBI-funded cardiovascular Center of Excellence at Moi.

Domestic and Global Evolution of HIV Prevention and Treatment Guidelines – Practical Implications

Paul Palumbo, MD, Director, International Pediatric HIV Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcok Medical Center.

The Influence of Infectious Diseases on Cancer in Malawi

Elizabeth Bigger, MD, was a 2009-2010 Fogarty Fellow. She is currently a second year Hematology-Oncology Fellow at Duke University.

HIV/HSV-2 Co-infection and Immune Activation: Impact of Valacyclovir on Women’s Health

Alison Roxby, MD, MSc, 2009-2011 Fogarty Fellow, received her MD degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked in 5 different African countries to improve access to HIV care and prevent HIV transmission. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Stanford, she came to UW in 2007 for Infectious Disease fellowship and to work with the Kenya Research Program under the mentorship of Carey Farquhar. Alison and her family returned in 2010 from 18 months in Nairobi, where she was the study physician for the Valacyclovir in Pregnancy trial, a clinical trial of valacyclovir in pregnant women co-infected with HIV and HSV-2. She also collected data on immune activation in pregnant women. Alison’s ongoing research goals are to improve maternal health, promote family planning, and reduce perinatal transmission of HIV. She also sees adult HIV patients at Roosevelt Clinic, and Madison Clinic.

Viral Respiratory Infections in Honduran Children

Elizabeth Schlaudecker, MD, MPH, is a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Global Health Center. Dr. Schlaudecker received her medical degree and master’s in public health from the University of Cincinnati and completed a pediatrics residency and chief residency at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Schlaudecker was awarded a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health in 2009, and she investigated the etiology and seasonality of viral respiratory disease in Honduran children under the age of five. She was awarded the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Blue Ribbon Research award in 2011 for similar work in Bangladesh. After joining the faculty of Cincinnati Children’s in 2011, she continued her influenza research with a Procter Scholars award. Dr. Schlaudecker has traveled to Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, South Africa, and Cameroon as part of her clinical and research training.

TB co-infection in HIV-infected children in Kenya: dividing brothers and sisters

Lisa Dillabaugh, MD, is currently an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Disease. Concurrently, she serves as deputy country director for family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) in Kenya. Throughout her training and early career she has shown a commitment to child health and global health initiatives. She was a UCSF Global Health clinical scholar (2006-2008) and a Fogarty International Health Clinical Fellow (2009-2010). Her primary academic interests include global health program implementation and research in pediatric HIV/AIDS.

Immunopaedia

Clive Gray, PhD, founder of Immunopaedia, is a Chief Specialist Scientist and Head of Department of HIV Immunology at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Pediatric Foundation International Leadership Award. This was a three-year grant to fund Immunopaedia (www.immunopaedia.org), which uses a case study-centered approach to immunology learning and to understand the impact of HIV and other infectious diseases on the pediatric immune system.

Cervical Cancer Prevention in Resource Limited Settings: Experiences from Zambia

Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Director Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, is an infectious disease epidemiologist and a pediatrician with clinical and research experience in adolescent and women’s health that dovetailed into the HIV/AIDS field in the late 1980s. Now at Vanderbilt University, he is PI for several training and research grants from the NIH and CDC, including two projects under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Sten serves as PI for the HIV Prevention Trials Network and he directs the Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health as its Amos Christie Chair in Global Health and Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Vermund served as the PI of the FICRS-F Support Center and is currently PI of the VECD Global Health Fellows Consortium.

Rotovirus Vaccine Development

Roger Glass, MD, MPH, Director Fogarty International Center, has served as the Director of the Fogarty International Center and Associate Director for International Research at NIH since 2006. Dr. Glass’s research interests are in the prevention of gastroenteritis from rotaviruses and nonviruses through the application of novel scientific research. He has maintained field studies in India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, China and elsewhere. His research has been targeted toward epidemiologic studies to anticipate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines.

HIV Test and Treat

Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, describes HIV Test and Treat.

Tuberculosis

Timothy Sterling, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Vanderbilt University.

Effectiveness and Potential Impact of Tenofovir Gel

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, is an infectious diseases epidemiologist whose main research interests are in understanding the evolving HIV epidemic in South Africa; factors influencing acquisition of HIV infection in adolescent girls; and sustainable strategies to introduce HAART in resource-constrained settings. In addition to being a member of the faculty at the Mailman School, Dr. Abdool Karim is an associate professor in Public Health and Family Medicine at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

HOPE Online Network & Hepatitis B and HIV co-infection

Rajesh Gandhi, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of HIV Clinical Services and Education at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the site leader of the Massachusetts General Hospital AIDS Clinical Trials Site in the Harvard/Boston Medical Center/Miriam AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. He is also the Director of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Clinical Core. He is the editor of Partners ID Images, an educational infectious diseases website, and organizer of the HIV Online Provider Education (HOPE) program, which is an Internet-based educational conference series for physicians caring for HIV-infected patients in resource-limited settings. His research interests are in clinical trials of immune-based therapies for HIV and in HIV/viral hepatitis coinfection.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Cryptococcal Meningitis

Charles van der Horst, MD, FACP, has been conducting clinical trials in the treatment and prevention of HIV, opportunistic infections (CMV, PCP, MAC, Cryptococcus, adenovirus), EBV and influenza since 1982. Since 2001 he has also worked in Malawi and South Africa with a focus on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, treatment of cryptococcal meningitis and operations research on better methods to prevent and treat HIV in the resource constrained setting. His research is currently focused on randomized clinical trials to treat infections in Malawi and North Carolina as well as studying better methods to implement programs on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in Malawi.

Prevention of HIV-1 and Antiretroviral Agents

Myron S. Cohen, MD, is the PI of the China Center for Disease Control (China CDC) National Center for STD and Leprosy Control (NCSTD) site for Scholars. He is also J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Im­munology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs-Global Health. He received his B.S. degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, an M.D. degree from Rush Medical College, Chicago Illinois, and completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Cohen serves as the Director of the UNC Division of Infectious Disease and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease and also serves as Associate Director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research. Additionally, Dr. Cohen serves on the Senior Leadership Group of the NIH Center for HIV Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI), serves as part of the leadership group of the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), and as an Associate Editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the comprehensive textbook Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He received the Thomas Parran Award (2005) for lifetime achievement in STD research from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. In 2008 he received the O. Max Gardner Award for “contributions to mankind,” the greatest honor in the University of North Carolina’s 16-campus system. Dr. Cohen’s research work focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV, with emphasis on the role played by STD co-infections. He has conducted landmark studies related to the biology of HIV transmission, and use of antiretroviral agents for prevention. In 2005, Dr. Cohen received an NIH MERIT Award for ongoing support of this work. Much of Dr. Cohen’s research has been conducted in resource-constrained countries, especially in Malawi and in the People’s Repub­lic of China.

TB Active Case Finding in western Kenya

E. Jane Carter, MD, focuses on Tuberculosis Program Development and Care Delivery. TB is both the leading killer from a single infectious agent in the world as well as the leading cause of death in patients living with HIV globally. 5ooo die daily. Her work focuses both locally is at the RI TB Clinic as well as internationally (primarily in Kenya) to develope community based care programs, promote DOTS expansion,new TB diagnostics for the developing world and coordinated care progams for TB/HIV.


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