The UJMT Global Consortium builds research capacity through mentored training

The NIH has renewed the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program, anchored at UNC

The UJMT Global Consortium builds research capacity through mentored training click to enlarge Dr. Benjamin Chi is the program's PI and Consortium Program Director
The UJMT Global Consortium builds research capacity through mentored training click to enlarge Dr. Pierre Buekens of Tulane University; Dr. Kofi Kondwani, of Morehouse School of Medicine; and Dr. Yukari Manabe, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed funding for the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program. This five-year grant (2017-2022) supports mentored training at 16 affiliated sites in low- and middle-income countries.

All are affiliated with at least one of the UJMT consortium's four U.S. institutions: UNC-Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University. The coordinating center is based at the UNC Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases and directed by Dr. Benjamin Chi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UNC.

Other institutional directors include Dr. Yuka Manabe (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Kofi Kondwani (Morehouse School of Medicine), and Dr. Pierre Buekens (Tulane University).

The fellowship has a successful track record in training the next generation of global health researchers, both from the U.S. and abroad. Over its first five years, the program supported 132 doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

Over half of the postdoctoral fellows have taken academic positions after completing the program. Many have successfully competed for research funding, including from the NIH, to become independently funded investigators.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the program will receive approximately $1 million from the NIH to support 18 trainees. Of these, nine are doctoral students and nine are postdoctoral fellows; five are foreign nationals working at one of the consortium's affiliated sites.

Awardees affiliated with the UNC include: Matthew Painschab, MD (Malawi) Chifundo Zimba, PhD (Malawi), Adria Spinelli, PhD candidate (Peru), Austin Oberlin, MD candidate (South Africa), Rebecca Berhanu, MD (South Africa), Amy Huber, PhD (South Africa), and Katelyn Rittenhouse, MD candidate (Zambia).

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Trainees receive stipend, travel, and research funding as part of their 12-month appointment, where they conduct research at an established international site. They are mentored by experts across a wide range of scientific areas and disciplines, including HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, emerging infections, cancers, mental health, neurologic disorders, and women's health.

Funding in 2017-2018 will come from different instituted/centers within the NIH, including the Fogarty International Center; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

More information about the program can be found here. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 class is November 1, 2017.

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