The Fogarty Global Health Fellows Consortia are soliciting abstracts from Alumni to participate in two events:

1) “Examining Global Health Through Multiple Lenses”, CUGH Conference May 10-12th

The 5th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference will bring together more than 1,500 leaders, professionals, educators and students from diverse fields of study including engineering, business, law, policy, communications, nursing, public health, medicine, oral health, and environmental studies. The objective of this year’s Annual CUGH conference, held May 10 – 12, 2014 in Washington, DC, is to address the challenge of where the international community will focus after the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Fogarty International Center, in partnership with the five Global Health Fellows Program Consortia, are convening a special 2-hour panel session during the CUGH conference to highlight research achievements of our alumni, demonstrate innovative approaches to examining and improving health and to encourage future generations of students to consider careers in global health research. Alumni are invited to submit an abstract that will be considered for oral presentation during the CUGH session.

Eligibility
• Alumni from the 2012-2013 class of one of the five Fogarty Global Health Fellows Programs (i.e. VECD, GloCal, GHES, UJMT and Northern Pacific)
• Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS/F) Program are eligible.
• Current trainees, or alumni of other Fogarty-funded research training programs, are not eligible.

2) The July 2014 NIH Global Health Fellows Orientation at NIH

The NIH Global Health Fellows Orientation on NIH campus provides a unique opportunity for Fogarty alumni to present their research for an audience of new trainees and officials from the Fogarty International Center and other NIH Institutes and Centers. Fellows can apply for oral and poster presentations at next year’s Orientation, July 7th-12th, 2014.

Eligibility
• Alumni from the 2012-2013 AND 2013-2014 classes of one of the five Fogarty Global Health Fellows Programs (i.e. VECD, GloCal, GHES, UJMT and Northern Pacific)
• Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS/F) Program are eligible.
• Alumni of other Fogarty-funded research training programs, are not eligible.

Submission Guidelines & Process:

Each abstract should highlight your research and training experience during the Global Health Fellowship year. You may choose the traditional framework of disease outcomes or less traditional frameworks, such as social determinants of disease, innovation or global burden of disease.
• All abstracts must be in English.
• Abstracts must not exceed 450 words (including presenter’s biography).
• Abstract titles may not exceed 250 characters (including spaces).
• Please indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation.
• Please indicate a preference for presenting at the CUGH conference or NIH Orientation (or both).

Abstract Review and Deadlines

• All abstracts must be received by December 15, 2013
• Acceptance / decline notices will be sent by January 31, 2014
• Presentation formats (oral or poster) and place (CUGH, NIH Orientation or both) will be assigned to accepted abstracts by the planning committee.
• Notifications will be emailed only to the contact person who submitted the abstract submission.
• Please submit abstract and biography to hobbsn@uw.edu.

Financial assistance

Alumni selected to present at the CUGH conference or NIH Orientation will receive financial assistance for travel, lodging and registration. Although we can only provide financial support for alumni selected for the CUGH panel presentation or NIH Orientation, abstract guidelines and submission deadline are similar to those required for the CUGH call for abstracts (http://2014cughconference.org/abstracts), so you may wish to consider submitting your abstract for presentation at CUGH as well.


I was excited to attend the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2013 meeting, where I could (1) present interesting findings from our Fogarty research and (2) learn about the future of global health education and training programs in US universities.

My poster was on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk screening in an HIV treatment clinic in

At the Consortium of Universities for Global Health 2013 meeting: Mara Horwitz in front of her poster, "Screening for traditional and non-traditional CVD risk factors in a rural Ugandan HIV-positive cohort initiating ART", where she presented data from her FICRS research experience in Kiboga, Uganda 2011-2012. (photo credit: Jessica Bloome, Doris Duke in Uganda 2011-2012)

Uganda. While chronic disease is a relatively new area of interest for global health research, it is quickly becoming a “hot topic” as we realize the size of the chronic disease burden in developing countries and uncover strong relationships between infectious disease and chronic disease (e.g. HIV and CVD). There were several presentations at CUGH on chronic disease research around the world, from participants at all levels of research — from leaders at NIH to young researchers like myself. The general interest in this topic led to many enriching discussions around my poster. One of my favorite interactions was with Dr. Jeremy Schwartz, from Yale School of Medicine, who is former Fogarty scholar and is still working in Uganda on chronic disease!

As far as the future of global health education and training programs goes, this is harder to summarize. I can report that the Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, reassured the crowd that looming research budget cuts will NOT affect NIH funding for training programs. There was strong representation by alumni of countless global health training programs. There was also many posters examining the structure, ethics, and outcomes of global health experiences for undergraduate students, graduate students, and resident physicians. A walk through the posters was a good reminder that we are constantly developing more effective ways to travel, work, and learn in foreign communities, and that each experience is worth examining to improve those in the future.