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UC wins 2 NIH awards to train global health researchers

Recipients include the UC Global Health Institute and UC Berkeley.

Children play in a slum community in Chennai, India.

The University of California is leading two of five programs supported by $20 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health to train the next generation of global health researchers.

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) announces the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship funded by the NIH’s Fogarty International Center to provide global health research training opportunities for nine to 12 fellows annually for the next five years. Co-led by UC San Diego’s Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., and UC San Francisco’s Craig Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., this program will contribute to the development of future global health researchers at the University of California and international partner institutions.

Indicative of UCGHI’s long-standing and interdisciplinary commitment to global health and collaboration across UC, the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship program links faculty and trainees from across the 10-campus system with collaborating international institutions to provide significant mentored research opportunities in diverse low-resource settings.

Also, researchers from UC Berkeley and three partner institutions – Florida International University, Stanford University and Yale University — are establishing a new program to train and educate researchers, educators and professionals who can tackle global health challenges specific to slum dwellings. Each consortium will receive $4 million over five years, for a total of $20 million awarded by the NIH to train a new generation of global health researchers.

Assessing disease burden in slum communities is one of the major challenges facing global health today,” said principal investigator Lee Riley, M.D., chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. “There are an estimated 1 billion people living in slum settlements around the world, but those populations are not reflected in official health statistics in most countries. There has been very little research into effective health interventions specific to these communities.”

The UC Berkeley consortium will train early-career health and medical researchers through year-long fellowships based in 10 locations throughout Central and South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. The sites are slum communities where research has been ongoing for at least three years.

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