UMMS is a Partner in New Fogarty Grant Supporting Postdoctoral Training in Six Countries

The University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) is one of several participants in a new $5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at training young US and international global health researchers who will develop and implement new innovative interdisciplinary research to reduce the burden of infectious, chronic and preventable diseases. U-M will partner with the University of Washington (umbrella unit), the University of Minnesota, and the University of Hawaii to form the Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium. Three other consortia, involving 17 US universities, have also been funded as part of a broader $20 million Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars.  All funding comes from institutes and centers within NIH including the Fogarty International Center.

“The world needs outstanding new researchers to help tackle the thorny health problems that face low- and middle-income nations, and we embrace the opportunity to help train them in a way that produces lasting results,” says Joseph Kolars, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives at the U-M Medical School. Kolars will lead both the education metrics portion of the consortium, and U-M’s participation in the program.

The Northern/Pacific Consortium expects to fund and train 12 to 15 Global Health Fellows per year beginning with Summer 2012 cohort, which will be comprised of students from the medical and health sciences schools at the four consortium universities.  It is expected that, over the course of the grant, the Fellows will represent a wide spectrum of disciplines with recent graduates or post-degree trainees coming from medical schools and schools of public health, dentistry, pharmacy, osteopathy, nursing, veterinary medicine and public policy.

Fellows will receive a stipend, travel support, and a research supplement to conduct a one-time research project in one of six countries where consortium institutions have built strong collaborative partnerships: China, Ghana, Kenya, Peru, Thailand or Uganda.   For U-M, which has longstanding ties to several medical and health institutions overseas, the new consortium will leverage several of these institutional ties, particularly in Ghana and in China where Global REACH has Collaboration Platforms and outstanding mentorship and training is already in evidence. Platform projects addressing chronic non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, are perfectly aligned with the Northern/Pacific Consortium goals, and are well positioned to accept the new Fellows into their research programs.  Integration of the Global Health Fellows into these programs should strengthen and broaden the existing work and provide a nurturing and stimulating training ground for the next generation of global health leaders.

Read full U-M Press Release here.