NIH awards $20M to train next generation of global health researchers; U of M among award recipients

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To help foster the next generation of global health scientists, Fogarty International Center and its partners at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are building a network of U.S. academic institutions to provide early-career physicians, veterinarians, dentists and scientists with a significant mentored research experience in a developing country.

To support the effort, the NIH will award $20.3 million over the next five years. The money will send 400 early-career health scientists on nearly year-long research fellowships in 27 low- and middle-income countries. The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars will provide five consortia of academic institutions with about $4 million each, to support the training activities of a total of 20 partner institutions.

The University of Minnesota Medical School's Division of Global Pediatrics was one of one of only two universities in the Midwest to receive a Fogarty award. The award builds on the University's strong global health research programs in Uganda and Kenya.

"This award will allow the University of Minnesota to foster the next generation of global health researchers and confirms the U of M's role as a leader in global health research and education," said Dr. Chandy John, U of M's principal investigator on the award and Director of the Division of Global Pediatrics.

Learn more about the Medical School's Division of Global Pediatrics.

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