GloCal Alumnus Matthew Bramble, PhD, is awarded K01 IRSDA award from the Fogarty International Center to continue research in the DRC

GloCal congratulates 2017-2018 fellowship alumnus Dr. Matthew Bramble on having just received a five-year K01 International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) from the Fogarty International Center. With this award, he will build on past research related to the consumption of cassava and the motor neuron disease known as konzo, specifically studying the modulatory effects of the functional gut microbiome in relation to cassava-associated motor and neurocognitive deficits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr. Bramble is currently a staff scientist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C., and will soon be transitioning to a faculty position. Since his GloCal Health Fellowship, he also received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award to expand the research he conducted as a GloCal fellow on facial recognition technology for genetic diseases diagnosis in the DRC to South Africa and the Philippines.