First Global Health Fellows selected for UMMS partner training program

The first awards have been made through the Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium, a five-year training grant funded by the Fogarty International Center.  UMMS is one of four institutions making up this particular consortium along with the University of Washington (umbrella unit), the University of Minnesota, and the University of Hawaii. The 11-month clinical research training program for US and international post-doctorate trainees (“fellows”) and doctoral students (“scholars”) in the health professions will provide high-quality mentored research training at six international partner institutions that have been identified for their outstanding clinical research programs.

The initial cohort of awardees was selected in early July and will begin their training over the next few months.  In all, seventeen awardees were chosen: five US and seven international fellows plus five US and three international scholars.  UMMS was allotted four of the seventeen awards in this round; two each will be training at partner sites in Ghana and in China.

M4 Nauzely Abedini (right) is shown with one of her mentors, Pamela Martey, in Seattle where the first fellowships were announced.

Nauzley Abedini, a fourth year medical student at UMMS, will focus on maternal and child health at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. She will be mentored by Cheryl Moyer, managing director of Global REACH, and Pamela Martey, head of the NICU at Suntresu Hospital in Kumasi. Constance Opoku, the only Family Physician in the Tamale Teaching Hospital in Ghana, will receive additional women’s and family medicine training under the mentorship of Dr. Katy Gold, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, and Kathryn Spangenberg, Director of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Polyclinic.

Ching-Ping Lin is a senior fellow in the Institute of Translational Health Science at the University of Washington.  She will head to Beijing, China to receive training in biomedical global health informatics. She will be mentored by Dr. Yangfeng Wu, Executive Associate Director, Peking University Clinical Research Institute, Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine; Dr. Yanfang Wang, Associate Director, Peking University Clinical Research Institute; and Dr. Kai Zheng, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy, U-M School of Public Health. Xiuying Zhang comes from the Department of Endocrinology at Peking University People’s First Hospital.  She will use this dedicated time to enhance her knowledge and strengthen her research in diabetes and other metabolic diseases under the mentorship of Dr. Linong Ji, Professor and Chair of Endocrinology, Peking University First Hospital and Dr. Elizabeth Speliotes, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.

The original award was announced in early April. Read full U-M Press Release here.