FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Fogarty International Center sets new global health research, training goals

A new strategic plan released this week by the Fogarty International Center sets new goals for global health research and training.

Fogarty, a component of the National Institutes of Health focused on supporting global health research and training while coordinating international research partnerships across the agency, made several research and training recommendations.

Among the recommendations is a focus on combating the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, better incorporating information technology into research and training, and more effectively converting scientific discoveries into practice in low-resource settings.

With deaths from HIV/AIDS falling thanks to research discoveries and aid efforts, developing world populations are increasingly suffering from non-communicable diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and mental illness.

"It is critical that we leverage the existing HIV research and care delivery platform to build the capacity needed to stem the tide of these new disease epidemics," Dr. Roger I. Glass, who leads Fogarty and serves as the NIH associate director for global health research, said. "We must focus our attention on these pressing problems, which also plague us in the United States, and discover new ways to prevent and treat them. Today, global health and local health are becoming one and the same and research anywhere can help people everywhere."

Fogarty's goal according to the new plan is to reinvigorate its efforts training scientists in developing nations in the new areas of global health, where the field is moving and where the most interesting discoveries are yet to be made.

"Our concept of investing in training outstanding young investigators, both U.S. and foreign, and linking them early in their careers in research partnerships between their institutions has been a winning strategy that has had a major impact on the research enterprise for global engagement," Glass said.

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