UC Global Health Institute
  Directors’ Update

Summer is usually a time of recuperation and relaxation, but the UCGHI is busy with activity. The first fellows of the new UCGHI GloCal program have been selected; faculty are getting new grants for research projects and are traveling internationally to conduct research and work with partnering educational institutions; and planning for the 2013 UC Global Health Day is in full swing.

We are excited to announce that several funding opportunities will be available this coming year. In addition to a new UCGHI fellowship program for students and junior faculty, the One Health Center of Expertise will offer fellowship opportunities to graduate students addressing the complex and pressing problem of water scarcity. The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship will announce dates for its next round of applications (keep reading to see the announcement about the selection of 2012 Fellows).

Although six months away, we are confident that the 2013 UC Global Health Day will be a superb event. Ezekiel J. Emanuel (U Penn) and Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz (UCLA) will join us as keynote speakers at UC Riverside on Saturday, February 23. The calls for poster abstracts and breakout session proposals are now available. The submission and registration systems will open in late September.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit the UCGHI website to get updates on all of these activities, see what our three Centers of Expertise are up to, and stay abreast of speakers and presentations for UC Global Health Day.

We hope you have a safe and festive summer.

— Haile T. Debas, MD, UCGHI Director and Thomas Coates, PhD, UCGHI Co-director

Keynote Speakers Announced for 2013 UC Global Health Day

The UCGHI is proud to announce the keynote speakers for 2013 UC Global Health Day, which will take place on Saturday, February 23 at UC Riverside:

  Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton’s Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and on the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Healthcare Organization.
  Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz, MD
A cardiologist and psychiatrist, Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology. She lectures frequently on One Health and the potential for novel investigation, improved global health, and advancement in clinical care through collaborations between human physicians and veterinarians. Over the past seven years, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz has been developing interdisciplinary programs at UCLA that bring together the fields of veterinary medicine, human medicine, evolutionary and wildlife biology to explore the potential for a species-spanning approach to health. She founded and chaired the first annual “Zoobiquity Conference: A Species Spanning Approach to Medicine,” and directs the Zoobiquity Research Initiative, a collaboration between the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. In June 2012, Knopf published Dr. Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers’ book: Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing.
UCGHI Announces Selection of 2012 GloCal Health Fellows

The UCGHI is proud to announce the selection of the 2012 UCGHI GloCal Health Fellows. Funded by $4 million from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the fellowship program, which is in its first year, will provide global health research training opportunities for 9-12 fellows annually for the next five years. The 2012 Fellows come from the four UC campuses participating in the program (UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC San Francisco) as well as from four of the 25 partnering international institutions (in Peru, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Kenya).

GloCal 2012 Fellows:

  • Kassandra Harding, UC Davis (Bangladesh): Assessment of environmental, cultural and personal barriers and facilitators to daily intake of lipid-based nutrient supplements and iron and folic acid tablets during pregnancy and lactation among rural Bangladeshi women
  • Sarah Rojas, UC San Diego (Mexico): Prevalence and Correlates of HIV Infection and Barriers to HIV Testing among Patients attending a Free Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Angela Bayer, UCLA (Peru): Skill-building to prevent HIV among male sex workers in Peru
  • Amanda Fenner, UC San Diego (Panama): Drug discovery from Panamanian marine cyanobacteria
  • Hilary Wolf, UCSF (Kenya): An Investigation of Causes of Lost to Follow-up among HIV Positive Adolescents in Kisumu Kenya
  • Jesse Clark, UCLA (Peru): Partner Management Strategies for HIV/STI Control Among MSM in Peru
  • Victoria Ojeda, UC San Diego (Mexico): Social Incorporation Following Deportation and Implications for Health Status and Access to Care
  • Raul Chuquiyauri, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru): Malaria transmission in frontier settings in the Amazon Region of Peru
  • Malay Mridha, International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (Bangladesh): Home-fortification Approach to Improve Maternal Nutrition and Birth Outcomes in Bangladesh: Program Effectiveness Study
  • Damalie Nakanjako, Makerere University – Infectious Diseases Institute (Uganda): The role of regulatory T-cells in suboptimal CD4 recovery in HAART-treated African cohort
  • Maricianah Atieno Onono, Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kenya): PMTCT failure audit: The role of HIV/AIDS stigma in PMTCT failure
One Health COE Awarded $3 Million Grant for Water SENSE

The One Health Center of Expertise has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for their project Water SENSE — Water Social, Engineering, and Natural Sciences Engagement. The $3 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant will support 22 graduate students over five years at the COE’s UC Riverside hub to become water scholars, fellows who are able to address the complex and pressing problem of water scarcity affected by population growth, urbanization, and climate change.
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Silverman Awarded NIH Grant for Study on Sex Trafficking

Jay Silverman, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Global Public Health at UC San Diego, was recently awarded the first-ever NIH grant ($1,569,375) to focus on sex trafficking. The new study, Epidemiology of Sex Trafficking, Drug Use and HIV at the US-Mexico Border, will describe the prevalence and nature of sex trafficking in two major US-Mexico border cities — Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez — and the social and structural factors that may affect vulnerability to sex trafficking and HIV risk among trafficking victims. Silverman will accomplish this via a mixed-methods study of 800 female sex workers from Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, conducted in consultation with multiple national- and state-level systems key informants to maximize the relevance, acceptability, and dissemination of study findings. The study also includes Shira Goldenberg, a recipient of a Migration and Health Center of Expertise fellowship, as a co-investigator.
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Women’s Health & Empowerment COE Awards $25,000 in Fellowship Funding

The Women's Health and Empowerment Center of Expertise has awarded $25,000 to graduate and professional-level students across different disciplines to conduct research related to women’s health and empowerment. The review committee selected seven fellows from UCSF/UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. The committee sought proposals specifically investigating the intersection and interrelated nature of women’s health and women’s empowerment. Awards ranged between $2,000 - 5,000, depending on needs for the particular project. Each student will conduct their research during the summer/fall 2012 and then present their findings to the COE later in the year.
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AUGUST 2012 - UCGHI Newsletter

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