Global Health Initiatives Forum: Partnership Development Grants

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
Taubman Health Sciences Library, room 2903


Global REACH is set to kick-off its 2017-18 Global Health Initiatives Forum Series in September with an event showcasing several burgeoning faculty partnerships overseas – and how you might be able to begin new collaborations, too.

Five faculty representing five different departments – all recipients of 2016 Global REACH Partnership Development grants – are set to present on their new partnerships and projects during the event, which will take place Sept. 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Taubman Health Sciences Library. Registration is now open – RSVP to Robyn Hodges.

“We’re very interested to hear not only about the projects, but about the process. What connections had been made prior to funding? How did things get rolling? What were the barriers and how were they addressed,” said Global REACH Administrative Director Tania Piotrowski, MHSA. “We hope their perspectives will prove beneficial to any faculty who might be thinking of starting a new partnership overseas and is looking for insights into the best way to begin.”

For the first time in 2016, Global REACH introduced dedicated grants to help faculty interested in developing new partnerships abroad. The funds support travel (to or from Ann Arbor) to help would-be collaborators meet face-to-face to help develop long-term partnerships and explore viable projects. Five grants each were awarded in 2016 and 2017, and details about the next call for proposals will be announced at the Sept. 13 Forum event.

The following faculty are slated to present at the meeting:

Sarah Rominski, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, OB-GYN
Addressing gender-based violence in Ghana

Jiaqi Shi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology
Epigenetic regulation  in pancreatic cancer development (China)

Erin Fedak-Romanowski, DO, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Improving pediatric epilepsy care in Ethiopia

Mark Peterson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Harmonized assessment of age-related weakness, disability and diabetes risk: The Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS)

Stephanie Bielas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Human Genetics
Expanding collaboration on genetic analysis of neurodevelopmental disorders in India