Weekly Global Health Notices, 4/12/10-4/16/10, and beyond

Membership Announcement

The Global Health Initiative is pleased to announce that Brown University is now a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

April 12, 2010:  Talk

April 13, 2010:  Public Health Research Day; also, Talk, Lecture

This year’s Brown University Public Health Research Day will be held on April 13 from 1:30 – 6:00 pm in Andrews Dining Hall. Our annual poster session will start at 1:30pm with awards for posters in several categories including:

1) best undergraduate poster

2) best MPH poster

3) best doctoral student or trainee poster.

Gillian Paynter
Executive Assistant
Program in Public Health
121 S. Main St, Box G-S121 (2)
Providence  RI  02912
Tel: 401-863-9858
Fax: 401-863-3713

4/13–Talk:   “India and HIV: A Complex Response from a Complex Democracy”

Professor of Medicine Charles Carpenter will present “India and HIV: A Complex Response from a Complex Democracy” as part of the Brown Faculty India Presentation series.

Dr. Carpenter has been involved in the care of persons living with HIV since 1982, and is involved in ongoing research in Chennai, India. He served as the site Director of the longitudinal CDC-supported HIV Epidemiology Research Study (HERS) from 1992-1999, and is now Principal Investigator of the CDC-supported SUN Study of the Natural History of HIV/AIDS in the era of effective antiretroviral therapy. He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Brown University Fogarty AITRP Program since its inception.

Dr. Carpenter is Director of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research. He currently serves as Chair of the Treatment Subcommittee of the Congressionally mandated NAS/IOM Committee to evaluate the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

12pm

Watson Institute for International Studies, McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street.

4/13–Lecture:  “Disaster Medicine: Global and Local Perspectives on Organization and the MD Role”

Drs. Bruce Becker and Selim Suner

Brown Medicine and Pediatrics Residencies’ Global Health Lecture Series
Drs. Becker and Suner will discuss important aspects of the medical response to disasters both internationally and here in the US, specifically looking at the governmental and NGO response to international disasters, and the organization of the US DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Teams) here in the US.

Dr. Bruce Becker is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health at Brown University and attending physician in the department of emergency medicine, Rhode Island Hospital. He was also the medical director of AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs

Dr. Selim Suner is an associate professor in the Emergency Medicine Department at Brown and the director of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Suner is also the leader of the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), and he has served during multiple disaster deployments including the responses to Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Center attacks and the Egypt Air crash off the shores of Massachusetts. He also serves as Chairman of Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee and participates in many national and state level committees working on disaster preparedness.

This lecture is open to all residents, medical students, physicians, and community members interested in global health and advocacy.

12 pm

George Auditorium at Rhode Island Hospital

April 16, 2010:  Symposium

AMPATH Symposium:  8-10 a.m., Marcuvitz Auditorium, Life Science Building, 185 Meeting Street

The Brown Kenya Program is anchored in AMPATH- the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare.  The AMPATH consortium is the group of US institutions who partner with Moi University School of Medicine to support a bilateral medical exchange program. This exchange has led to the development of the largest HIV care program in East Africa, a vibrant exchange program in multiple disciplines, and a robust research program.

This symposium is targeted to Brown faculty in all disciplines who wish to learn more about the collaboration and our work in Kenya.

Students are welcome to attend.

For further information, please write us at Brown_Kenya_Program@Brown.edu.

8-10 AM

Marcuvitz Auditorium

Life Science Building

185 Meeting Street

April 17-18, 2010:  Haiti Symposium; also, Unite for Sight Global Health Conference

“Haiti at a Crossroads: Obstacles and Opportunities” Symposium

Symposium on the context and future for health and development in Haiti. It will include many distinguished scholars, as well as the former prime minister of Haiti and the head of advocacy and policy of Partners in Health.

The Charles K. Colver Lectureship, along with support from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Department of Family Medicine, and the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), presents “Haiti at a Crossroads: Obstacles and Opportunities”, a one-day symposium held in the Joukowsky Forum of the Watson Institute.
Speakers and topics include:
The Historical Context of Health and Development on Hispaniola with Brown Professor Tony Bogues, 9-10am
Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Collaboration Across Borders with Patrick Tardieu, curator of Haiti’s oldest library, and Esther Hernandez, Brown graduate student 10-11am
The Impact of Foreign Aid on Haitian Culture with Brown Professor Patrick Sylvain 11-12pm
Issues of Migration: Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Diaspora with Harvard Professor Sauvier Pierre-Etienne 1-2pm
Sustainable Development Prospects for Haiti with Donna Barry, Partners in Health 2-3pm
The Future of Health and Development: Brown Perspectives with Toby Simon, Peter Simon, Will Perez, and Hananie Alpert, 3-4pm
The Road Forward: Haitian Perspectives with Madame Pierre-Louis, former Prime Minister of Haiti, Brown Professor Patrick Sylvain, and Patrick Tardieu, curator of Haiti’s oldest library 4-5pm
A light breakfast will be served from 8:30-9am, a buffet lunch will be served from 12-1pm, and a reception will follow from 5-6pm

Unite for Sight Global Health Conference:  GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Registration & Details (Registration rate increases after January 31): http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.  The conference schedule is now online.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Complete details on conference website.

April 20, 2010:  Talk

“Global Health System Reform”

Peter Berman, Ph.D.

Lead Health Economist of the World Bank’s  global work on health systems

Adjunct Professor of Population and International Health Economics

Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University School of Public Health

4pm

121 South Main St.
Room 245

April 22, 2010:  Job application deadline

Mali Health Organizing Project Call for On-Site Coordinators

The Mali Health Organizing Project (MHOP) seeks to create a model health delivery system on the outskirts of Bamako by enabling slum residents to design and build their own health systems. We are seeking two yearlong onsite coordinators to start in the late summer or early fall of 2010.

Our Community Health Workers Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day function of our health workers. The Coordinator will lead our innovative Action for Health program, which provides free care to children in exchange for family participation in community action fees designed to benefit the community, like community trash clean-ups days, the development of a local recycling center, and health festivals. Our Community Organizing Coordinator will provide support and design trainings for our Community Health Action Group (a local association of health leaders), oversee participatory evaluations of our programs, and assist in strategic planning for the organization as a whole.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 22nd 2010, and application forms as well as detailed job descriptions can be downloaded from the MHOP website at www.malihealth.org. Please note that a high level of French proficiency or fluency is a key prerequisite for both positions.


Anna Ninan
Executive Director
Mali Health Organizing Project
http://www.malihealth.org
Mali: 78 24 00 57
US: 404 729 2502

April 26, 2010:  RSVP for World Health Assembly

Invitation to Join Global Health Council

Delegation to World Health Assembly

Dear Global Health Council Members,

The World Health Organization will be holding the 63rd World Health Assembly on May 17-21, 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Assembly (WHA) provides an opportunity to weigh in on important resolutions concerning global health, interact with health ministers from around the world and globally based organizations.

On behalf of the Global Health Council, I invite our organizational and individual members to join our delegation to the World Health Assembly.

As a part of the Council delegation, you will be involved with providing input to resolutions discussed, participate in the full agenda, and have access to side events at the Assembly, including two Council side events. In addition to participating in the meetings, the Council also sets up numerous side meetings with our partners in Geneva.

View this year’s preliminary agenda and associated documents | view documents.

Participation in the WHA through the Global Health Council is open only to Global Health Council Organization or Individual Members.

The Council is unable to provide travel arrangements. Participating organizations/individuals must arrange their own travel and hotel arrangements.

The Council can send a letter of invitation to any individual who requires a visa to travel to Switzerland. The Council cannot arrange for, nor guarantee, visa approval.

To RSVP please send the following information to Smita Baruah:

  1. Full Name
  2. Organization
  3. Passport #
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Indicate if you will require a letter of invitation for your visa application

Please RSVP by close of business, Monday, April 26. Due to registration processing time, no registration will be accepted after that date, and we cannot make any exceptions.

We look forward to your participation.

Best regards,

Smita Baruah
Director, Government Relations
Global Health Council
sbaruah@globalhealth.org

April 27, 2010:  Symposium proposals due

The Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the most important general science venue for a growing segment of scientists and engineers who are interested in the latest advances as well as multidisciplinary topics and the influence of science and technology on how we live today. Thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, and policy-makers interact with one another and with hundreds of members from national and international media. In fact, the growing number of international attendees attests to the growing international nature of this gathering. More than 150 sessions spread across about a dozen tracks are usually presented at the Annual Meeting.

The online submission site for symposium proposals is now open. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 11:59 p.m. PT. Decisions will be announced in July.

The 2011 meeting will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel, and Grand Hyatt Washington.

2011 Theme

The increasing complexity of problems facing our nation as well as our planet offers immense challenges for coordinated, innovative problem-solving. So many important decisions on national security, education, health, sustainability of the planet, and the exploration of the universe depend on new-found knowledge gained by scientists and engineers. Expectations that science and technology will rise to these challenges are widely expected.

Many of these problems require an approach across several disciplines and areas of technical expertise. A diverse work force will also be necessary so that maximal talent and different approaches can be utilized. To train such a work force successfully presents the challenge of attracting talent from a range of backgrounds and transmitting content while maintaining relevance.

The theme – Science Without Borders - integrates the practice of science, both in research and teaching, that utilizes multidisciplinary approaches. It also takes into consideration the diversity of investigators and students. Science and teaching that cross conventional borders, or break out from silos, will be highlighted at the 2011 Annual Meeting. Sessions are encouraged that have strong scientific content, particularly at the interface of different disciplines, or exemplify a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.

The AAAS Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that highlight the theme but also include ground-breaking areas of research, new and exciting developments, and cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology, and education. The following are a few examples of some of the topics that could be explored:

  • National security policy and problems: how to approach and solve them
  • Sociology of emerging science achievements in developing countries and their competitiveness
  • Planetary science and what it tells us about our own planet
  • The economics of health delivery and reform
  • The science of learning and problem solving
  • Strategies to produce sufficient numbers of scientists and engineers for a technological society
  • Stem cell policies around the world and the latest in stem cell research
  • The impact of climate change on human health and economies
  • Adaptation or intervention to a changing climate
  • Methods for effectively evaluating S&T policies and programs
  • Colonization of planets by humans
  • Engineering technologies that offer the best energy alternatives to fossil fuel
  • Identification and promotion of established scientific truths
  • Research that raises ethical concerns
  • Quality teaching and effective curricula in the United States and other countries

Symposium proposal organizers are encouraged to be creative and to focus on the uniqueness and interdisciplinary nature of the Annual Meeting. Successful proposals are characterized by interesting, topical subjects that are thoughtfully developed and include capable and articulate presenters from a broad range of institutions who are representative of the diversity of science and society. Authors are also asked to carefully follow the instructions for submitting their proposals, which will be scored for completeness and clarity during the review process.

April 30, 2010:  Abstract submission deadline for Symposium to be held November 16-19, 2010

The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

http://www.hsr-symposium.org/
The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will be dedicated to improving the scientific evidence needed by health policy-makers and practitioners to inform their decisions related to accelerating universal health coverage. It will gather researchers, policy-makers, funders, and other stakeholders representing diverse constituencies will convene in Montreux, Switzerland, 16-19 November 2010 to share evidence, identify significant knowledge gaps, and set a research agenda that reflects the needs of low- and middle-income countries.

http://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/alliancehpsr_symposiumbrochure_2010.pdf

May 1, 2010:  Conference

tb: here and now

annual new england clinicians conference

9:30 am – 4:15 pm

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Hyatt Regency

Newport

One Goat Island

Newport, Rhode Island

directions to hotel

http://newport.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/services/maps/index.jsp?icamp=propMapDirections

Hotel telephone:  401.851.1234

cancellation policy

Cancellations/substitutions must be made in writing to the Brown CME Office by April 16th.

Brown University CME Office

97 Waterman Street, A310

Providence, RI  02912

Ph:  401.863.3337   Fax:  401.863.2202

Email:  CME@Brown.edu

If you require an accommodation because of a disability, or if you have any additional questions or needs, please contact Nickolette Patrick at 617. 279-2240 x262 or email npatrick@hria.org.

program

8:45-9:30 am       registration

9:30-9:40 am       welcome

David Gifford, MD, MPH

Director, Rhode Island

Department of Health

9:40-10:20 am    Can the global MDR/XDR epidemic be

controlled?

Edward Nardell, MD

Harvard Medical School

10:20-11:00 am healthcare reform

Kevin Cranston, MDiv

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

11:00-11:15 am break

11:15-12:00 pm Management of HIV/TB co-infectiion

Awe Kwara, MD

Alpert Medical School of Brown University

12:00-1:00 pm    lunch

1:00-1:45 pm       diagnosis of TB and drug resistance: where we are and where we’re heading

Alex Sloutsky, PhD

Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory

1:45-2:30 pm       IGRAs for diagnosis of tuberculosis: 2010 update

Nira Pollock, MD, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2:30-2:45 pm       break

2:45-3:30 pm       CDC update on the 2007 TB technical instructions

Sharmilla Shetty, MD

Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, US CDC

3:30-4:15 pm       case presentations

Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH

The Miriam Hospital,

Providence, RI

registration information

fee:  $45.00

Includes conference materials and lunch

register at:

https://apps.biomed.brown.edu/cme_registration/

hotel rooms: To reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Newport, go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/hria.  The conference rate is $189 per night.  Reservation deadline is April 1, 2010.

May 17, 2010:  Application Deadline

Brown University Seed Funds for International Research Project on Global Health

As Brown moves forward with its international initiatives, the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences have joined together to make available a total of $50,000 to fund a seed project that focuses on the field of global health research. In consultation with an ad hoc advisory committee, a one-time dispersal of funds will be made for a proposal to stimulate a major new global health initiative in collaboration with global peers and to foster a robust institutional partnership in the global health field.

Eligibility

Any professor at any rank or any senior lecturer active in research is eligible, though regular faculty may be given priority over research faculty.  Emeritus, adjunct, visiting, and clinical faculty are not eligible to lead projects, but may be included on the research team.

Amount and Duration of Awards

The award will be up to $50,000 and will be for one year.  A no‐cost extension may be granted with appropriate justification.  Requests for an extension of the award given for the 2010-2011 academic year must be submitted to the Vice President for International Affairs no later than April 1, 2011.

Criteria for Selection

The overall merit of the research project will be considered and evaluated by the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and a committee of faculty advisors. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:

1)      The proposed research deals with a significant global problem

2)      The proposal involves collaboration with international partners

3)      Proposers include Brown faculty from at least three units on campus

4)      The proposed research will enhance Brown’s international visibility

5)      The award has the potential to provide a basis for further research support from external sponsors

6)      There is a likelihood that the proposed work will be completed during the award period.

Special consideration will be given to proposals for research focusing on China, India, Haiti, or Africa.

Award Conditions

Award funds may be used to support reasonable and necessary costs for the collection of pilot research data or for proposal development.  Support for postdoctoral candidates, full or partial stipends and tuition for advanced graduate students who have completed their course work, and research stipends for undergraduate RAs may be covered by award funds.  Expenditures for faculty salaries (either summer or academic year) are not permitted.  Please refer to the Brown IP Policy (http://research.brown.edu/btp/) for questions regarding intellectual property.

Reporting requirements

Within 60 days of the end of the approved award period, the recipient must provide to the Vice President for International Affairs a final report.  The report should outline the work that was accomplished and describe the proposal(s) submitted to external sponsor(s) as a result of this award.  The report should also describe any significant deviations from or extensions to the project described in the original proposal.

Procedure for Submitting Proposals

Proposals for funding should be submitted electronically to Ana Karina Wildman in Office of International Affairs at Ana_Wildman@Brown.edu no later than May 17, 2010.  Selection will be announced by June 15, 2010.  Funds will become available to faculty on or after July 1, 2010.  The funds would be available for use until the end of June 2011, unless an extension was requested and approved before that time.

The proposal should include items 1‐6 below, submitted as a single document in either Word or pdf format:

1. A cover sheet that contains:

a. PI and CO‐PI names (specifying contact information for the PI), titles, and departments

b. Proposal title

c. A 250 word abstract describing the proposed project and summarizing how the project will advance Brown’s position in the global health field internationally and promote Brown’s internationalization efforts in general

2. Proposal (text, including footnotes, should not exceed 2,500 words).  The proposal should summarize the relevant background literature and research that puts the proposed project into the appropriate context and explains how it will significantly extend or contribute to global health research.  The applicant should clearly describe the goals of the research, the activities to be carried out to achieve those goals, a timetable for completing these activities, and an assessment of the potential for subsequent external funding.  The applicant should include a description of how the proposed activity will result in a collaborative team working synergistically on a project that is truly multidisciplinary; and, finally, a description of how the activity will enhance Brown’s international visibility.  Please note that the 2,500 word limit will be enforced; proposals over the limit will not be accepted.

Items 3‐6 below are not included in the 2,500 word limit:

3. A short (no more than two pages) list of references/bibliography may be appended.

4. A budget that itemizes general categories of expenses for which award funds will be used, and a brief justification for these expenses.

5. A description of the strategy for seeking subsequent external support.  The description should include a statement of intent to submit a proposal as one of the outcomes of the project.  The sponsor(s) to which the proposal will be submitted should be identified along with the intended date(s) of submission and the amount(s) that will be requested.

6. A current curriculum vitae for each collaborator.

Please note:

Everything listed above (items 1‐6) is to be submitted electronically as one document.

To be sent under separate cover:

Endorsements from the applicants’ department chairs discussing the proposal’s importance in terms of the selection criteria.  In the event of multiple proposals from the same department, the chair may be asked to rank the proposals.  Electronic submission of this letter is preferable, to Ana Karina Wildman in the Office of International Affairs: Ana_Wildman@brown.edu, no later than May 17, 2010.

May 19, 2010:  Application Deadline

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grand Challenges Explorations Round 5

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals for Round 5 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to encourage unconventional technologies for global health solutions.  One-year research grants of $100,000 will be awarded, with the potential of additional funding up to $1 million if the project shows promise.  Submission Deadline:  May 19, 2010; 9:00 a.m. EST. Decisions will be announced in October 2010.

Grant proposals may be on the following topics:

  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-based Applications for Priority Global Health Conditions

Funding innovative cell phone-based applications that support the foundation’s existing global health   priorities: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, family health, vaccine preventable diseases and other neglected diseases.

  • Create New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns

Funding novel and innovative technological approaches to reducing maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality and morbidity in communities or primary clinics. New interventions must:

  • Have a strong likelihood of achieving a substantial impact on one or more important adverse maternal, fetal, or neonatal outcomes described above
  • Be designed to the requirements of minimally-trained health workers in homes and communities as well as in workers in primary clinics
  • Create New Technologies for Contraception

Funding novel and innovative approaches to preventing unintended pregnancy.  Technologies or approaches should enhance uptake, acceptability and provide for sustained use; enable or provide for low-cost solutions; promote effective delivery and administration of new solutions; and ensure or enhance safety.

  • Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Funding original and innovative ideas with the potential to be translated into safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions (beyond traditional vaccine interventions) to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases in resource-limited settings.

They are NOT:

  • Soliciting proposals that represent traditional approaches to vaccine discovery or development (such as those focused on antigens, adjuvants, vaccine vectors, or formulations);
  • Ideas for variations on conventional small molecule and biologic therapeutic approaches, such as those focused on screening for new chemical entities, assays for validation, or tests of drug efficacy.

Proposal Requirements

Application consists of a research summary, of a maximum two pages in length, that answering two questions: What is your idea? How will you test it?

Additional Information

Application form: www.grandchallenges.org/GCGHDocs/GCEApplication_Form.doc

Program information, application guidelines, and proposal preparation instructions are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx

For application assistance, or for more information about the program, contact Wendy Lawton in Brown’s Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations at 863-3701 or wendy_lawton@brown.edu or Elizabeth Francis in the Office of Biomedical Advancement at 863-2914 or Elizabeth_Francis@brown.edu .

Announcement:  Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SAMSS Newsletter.

The Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) is a project focusing on medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is led by an Advisory Committee of experts in African medical education and a secretariat at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides funding for the project.

SAMSS is devoted to issues in medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. This Newsletter and the SAMSS website (http://samss.org) are designed to provide information about medical education on the continent with a focus on physician retention, capacity building, and educational innovation. The Newsletter will make available topical information on medical education from scholarly journals, policy reports, conference proceedings, and the general press. We believe that information is powerful and that the material highlighted in the Newsletter and found on the website will help to spread ideas that will be of use to faculty, students, and policymakers in education and health. We would hope that policy leaders, national governments, global health organizations, and international donors will find useful and actionable information in the Newsletter that will lead to strengthened health systems and better population health.

We hope you will find this Newsletter of use to you. Please encourage your colleagues to sign up to receive it regularly and please send us your comments and suggestions.

Ongoing:  Conference registration now open

Global Health Council 2010 Conference

Global Health:  Goals and Metrics

June 14-18, 2010

Omni-Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Registration Now Open

Register
It’s the global health community’s annual meeting. You need to be here.
Online registration is now available.
For the best value, register by Feb. 26
A comprehensive registration package includes access to all main conference events and sessions.

Special Offer
The Council and Women Deliver are pleased to announce a joint registration discount. Save $100 when you attend both conferences. Two landmark events, one great price! | info.

Volunteer
Attention Students and New Professionals: Forge new friendships and have fun while contributing to the overall success of the conference program.
Limited hours (8-10) and flexible scheduling ensure that you are able to fully participate in sessions and events | info.
Organizational Opportunities
Partner with the Council and connect with the global health community at this premier annual event.

  • Sponsorship | info
  • Exhibition | info – Reminder: 2009 Exhibitors sign up
    by Dec. 31 to guarantee your booth location
  • Advertising | info
  • Auxiliary Events | info

Venue
The historic Omni Shoreham Hotel will serve as official conference venue.
Discount rooms sell out in advance. Book now.
Special rate ends May 21 | info

Visit www.globalhealthconference.org to plan your participation.

September 20-21, 2010:  CUGH Conference

Please join us for the 2nd annual meeting of the
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Interdisciplinary Science in Global Health:
Formation and Transformation
September 20-21, 2010
University of Washington, Seattle

Registration and logistics will follow.

Inquiries may be sent to info@cugh.org

Ongoing:  Job opportunity available

Maternova Innovation Portal:

Part-time Consultant Position for Mexico Maternal Health Mapping

Maternova is a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform that will help save millions of lives

-Beyond Profit

Part-time position details

Maternova is working with the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals to create a web-based, interactive map of maternal health providers in one marginalized state in Mexico (state to be determined).  A part-time consultant is being sought to help to manage the project and provide critical inputs in research, strategy and to interface with Mexican partners.  The requirements for the position include:

  • Fluent in Spanish; native speaker ideal**[1]
  • Background and experience in global public health, preferably maternal or

reproductive health

  • Background in GIS, mapping and IT
  • 2 years relevant work experience at a minimum
  • Ideally, some knowledge of public health and the health system in Mexico
  • Located in or near Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Excellent research and writing skills; proven management skills

The position is a part-time position for 12 months.  Compensation is approximately $18/hour

for one full day a week.  Hours are flexible.

Maternova connects frontline providers & innovators

Maternova seeks to become the online media hub connecting millions of people who work on maternal/newborn health around the world.   The innovation portal will facilitate user-generated exchanges on highly practical issues, saving lives by increasing efficiency, making connections and sharing innovations.  The site is pioneering two unprecedented resources:  live, user-generated maps of health clinics around the world and an interactive innovations index.

[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

Please send a CV to mwirth@maternova.net if you have most or all of the characteristics listed above and can commit to a full year of work on this project.

Ongoing:  Global Health Volunteer Opportunity available

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals.  All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight’s international programs are Global Impact Fellows.

What do Global Impact Fellows do? They participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, data compilation and analysis, and other important support tasks. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship.  Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research.

Who is eligible? Anyone from any country is eligible to apply.  Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellows are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Global Impact Fellows range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and public health professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Locations of Year-Round Eye Care Delivery:
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

  • Accra and Kumasi Regions, Ghana
  • Tamale, Ghana
  • Varying Rural Villages, Ghana
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Bihar, India
  • Chennai, India
  • New Delhi, India
  • Orissa, India

Complete details online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Announcement:  2010 University of Minnesota Global Health Course

Dear Global Health colleagues:

We would like to invite you to attend the 2010 Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota.

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Our Global Health Course has been designed for local, national, and international health care providers that serve globally mobile populations such as immigrants, refugees, and/or travelers.

Participants include University of Minnesota and non-University of Minnesota medical students, residents, and fellows as well as local, national, and international practicing and retired physicians, nursing students, registered nurses, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, veterinarians, and active military personnel.

GOAL:

The goal of the Global Health Course is to provide medical education to local, national, and international health care providers so that they may become better able to confidently identify, correctly diagnose, and appropriately treat their patients within the Global Village.

OBJECTIVES:

*The Global Health Course strives to help reduce disparities in health care and outcomes for globally mobile populations.

*The Global Health course strives to provide the most current and relevant training and support for those who are committed to “Global Health”.

*The Global Health Course strives inspire students, residents, physicians, and practicing health care providers to provide services in communities that are underserved.

PROVEN OUTCOMES:

*Health care providers will acquire a basic knowledge of all major diseases throughout the world and how the diseases, proportionally or disproportionally, effect differing populations.

*Health care providers will increase their quality of care for globally mobile populations.

*Health care providers will improve their cultural competence.

*Health care providers will be able to help decrease health disparities.

*Health care providers will achieve core competencies in global health.

*Health care providers will develop leadership skills in global health education and clinical care.

*Health care providers will build connections to national and international health care experts.

*Health care providers will have the opportunity to connect with local, national, and international medical communities.

ASTMH CERTIFICATION:

Along with being an outstanding source for the most current and relevant Tropical and Travel Medicine information, our Global Health Course is a certificate preparation course that is one of 17 courses offered internationally, and the only course that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Once participants complete our American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) accredited Global Health Course and complete an international rotation, they are qualified to sit for the biannually-offered exam that leads to a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’

Health; CTropMed (r).

COURSE AGENDA:

*The Global Health Course will be in session starting July 6, 2010 through August 27, 2010.

*The classroom schedule runs Monday through Friday from approximately 8am until 4:30pm.

*The course agenda includes lectures, some of which will be interactive, case presentations, and several hands-on laboratory sessions that focus on Malaria and the use of Ultra Sound technology.

*Since participants may take the course modules in any order and over any amount of time, we strive to offer a similar course layout each year.

*The 2010 agenda will not be announced until shortly before the cou rse begins, however, you may view previous curriculum on our web site at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/curriculum/home.html

COURSE REGISTRATION:

*We will send an announcement as soon as registration is open for the 2010 Global Health Course.

*Participants may register up until the course starts and/or prior to the start of individual module that is to be taken.

*All course participants will register through the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) office at:

www.cmecourses.umn.edu<http://www.cmecourses.umn.edu>

*Exception: University and non-University medical students will register through the University of Minnesota Medical School.

*Please see our web site for information regarding registration and fees at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/eligibilityandfees/home.html

COURSE DEVELOPMENTS:

*We are in the process of developing an on-line version of the Global Health Course.

*The on-line course will mirror the regular in-person classes but will include enhancements for the distance learner/participant.

*Our mission is to offer Module 1 and Module 8 within 2010.

*We would like to note that for ASTMH accreditation purposes, the modules that contain laboratory components (Malaria and Ultra Sound) must be taken in person.

HOUSING:

*Please let us know if you will be in need of housing during your stay as we can reserve a room for you on campus at the University of Minnesota Comstock Hall dormitory.

*The cost for housing in the dormitory is approximately $47 per day.

*Additional logistical information is available on our web site at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/logistics/home.html

Please contact Debbie Luedtke for additional information at luedt047@umn.edu<mailto:luedt047@umn.edu>

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Debbie Luedtke

University of Minnesota-Department of Medicine

Global Health Pathway and Global Health Course

“Medical Education in the Global Village”

PWB 14-124, MMC 284

420 Delaware Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612.626.3526

luedt047@umn.edu

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu

Ongoing:  Haiti Medical Student Grant Opportunity

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Working to keep the care in healthcare

Help for Haiti

Student Fellowships

Request for Proposals

In response to the catastrophe in Haiti, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a non-profit organization, has established a Help for Haiti Fund to send medical students to provide assistance to the victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Haiti Assistance Fund Program

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is offering service grants of up to $3,000 to medical students who want to participate in the relief projects to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Student projects may include direct medical aid or non-medical assistance to victims and those adversely affected by this disaster. (Examples might include: assisting in healthcare, providing healthcare information to displaced persons in shelters, assistance to overstressed relief workers, helping to rebuild structures, or instituting social and educational programs for small children.)

Award: The fellowships will provide funding of up to $300/week (not to exceed 10 weeks) to pay for travel and a living stipend. Funding from other sources may be used in conjunction with the Gold Foundation fellowship.  Funds are limited and proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Proposal and Application Requirements

Eligibility: Any student of an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy in North America may apply for funding from the Help for Haiti Fund. Students must work through an on-site relief organization, or under the supervision of an on-site healthcare provider. The student’s medical school will be the official recipient of the grant and must be classified as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit institution. No grant funds may be used for institutional or administrative overhead.

All applications must include:

  1. Cover sheet with:
    1. Title of project
    2. Name of healthcare or relief organization
    3. Name and full contact information (including email) of student applicant
    4. Name and address of institutions:
      1. i.    Medical school (include contact person, such as Dean of Students, Dean of Medical Education)
      2. ii.    Healthcare/relief organization (include on-site supervisor’s contact information)
      3. Project timeline and total dollar amount requested
  1. Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages) with:
    1. Project description (including goal, target population, implementation plan and timeline)
    2. Short description of on-site healthcare or relief organization
  1. Letters of support from:
    1. Student’s medical school (e.g. from Dean of Students and/or Faculty Mentor)
    2. An authorized representative of the on-site healthcare or relief organization.
  1. Copy of medical school’s tax-exempt designation letter, including Federal Tax Identification Number.

Proposals should be emailed to: Proposals@gold-foundation.org

For inquires, please contact:

Ann Bruder                                                      Tel: 201-567-7999

Director of Programs                                      Fax: 201-567-7880

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Email: abruder@gold-foundation.org

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The Gold Foundation is gathering personal stories from people in the medical community about Haitian Relief. We will publish these essays and narratives on our website. Please send any submissions to us at the address above.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

To promote humanistic patient care, the Gold Foundation supports a broad spectrum of diverse educational programs and projects at medical schools and teaching hospitals. Through its programs in physician education, the Foundation cultivates and extols humanistic characteristics, such as integrity, compassion, respect, empathy and service. To learn more about The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, visit our website, www.humanism-in-medicine.org.


[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

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Weekly Global Health Notices, 4/5/10-4/9/10, and beyond–relisted this week due to late-breaking additions!

Membership Announcement

The Global Health Initiative is pleased to announce that Brown University is now a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

TODAY!! Thursday, April 8, 2010

“The William J. Clinton Foundation in Asia,” with Ruby Shang, Regional Director, SE Asia and China, Clinton Health Access Initiative; and Regional Director, Asia, Clinton Climate Initiative, The William J. Clinton Foundation.

Ruby Shang will discuss her work with both the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Clinton Climate Initiative in Asia.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative carries on and expands the projects previously conducted through the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and works in association with governments and other NGO partners to expand access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS and malaria, and to strengthen integrated health systems around the world.

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) aims to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. It takes a holistic approach, addressing the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. Working with governments and businesses around the world, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy and working to stop deforestation.

Lunch will be provided.

12:00PM

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

April 13, 2010:  Public Health Research Day; also, Talk

This year’s Brown University Public Health Research Day will be held on April 13 from 1:30 – 6:00 pm in Andrews Dining Hall. Our annual poster session will start at 1:30pm with awards for posters in several categories including:

1) best undergraduate poster

2) best MPH poster

3) best doctoral student or trainee poster.

Gillian Paynter
Executive Assistant
Program in Public Health
121 S. Main St, Box G-S121 (2)
Providence  RI  02912
Tel: 401-863-9858
Fax: 401-863-3713

Talk:   “India and HIV: A Complex Response from a Complex Democracy”

Professor of Medicine Charles Carpenter will present “India and HIV: A Complex Response from a Complex Democracy” as part of the Brown Faculty India Presentation series.

Dr. Carpenter has been involved in the care of persons living with HIV since 1982, and is involved in ongoing research in Chennai, India. He served as the site Director of the longitudinal CDC-supported HIV Epidemiology Research Study (HERS) from 1992-1999, and is now Principal Investigator of the CDC-supported SUN Study of the Natural History of HIV/AIDS in the era of effective antiretroviral therapy. He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Brown University Fogarty AITRP Program since its inception.

Dr. Carpenter is Director of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research. He currently serves as Chair of the Treatment Subcommittee of the Congressionally mandated NAS/IOM Committee to evaluate the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

12pm

Watson Institute for International Studies, McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street.

April 16, 2010:  Symposium

AMPATH Symposium:  8-10 a.m., Marcuvitz Auditorium, Life Science Building, 185 Meeting Street

The Brown Kenya Program is anchored in AMPATH- the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare.  The AMPATH consortium is the group of US institutions who partner with Moi University School of Medicine to support a bilateral medical exchange program. This exchange has led to the development of the largest HIV care program in East Africa, a vibrant exchange program in multiple disciplines, and a robust research program.

This symposium is targeted to Brown faculty in all disciplines who wish to learn more about the collaboration and our work in Kenya.

Students are welcome to attend.

For further information, please write us at Brown_Kenya_Program@Brown.edu.

8-10 AM

Marcuvitz Auditorium

Life Science Building

185 Meeting Street

April 17-18, 2010:  Unite for Sight Global Health Conference

GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Registration & Details (Registration rate increases after January 31): http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.  The conference schedule is now online.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Complete details on conference website.

April 20, 2010:  Talk

“Global Health System Reform”

Peter Berman, Ph.D.

Lead Health Economist of the World Bank’s  global work on health systems

Adjunct Professor of Population and International Health Economics

Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University School of Public Health

4pm

121 South Main St.
Room 245

April 22, 2010:  Job application deadline

Mali Health Organizing Project Call for On-Site Coordinators

The Mali Health Organizing Project (MHOP) seeks to create a model health delivery system on the outskirts of Bamako by enabling slum residents to design and build their own health systems. We are seeking two yearlong onsite coordinators to start in the late summer or early fall of 2010.

Our Community Health Workers Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day function of our health workers. The Coordinator will lead our innovative Action for Health program, which provides free care to children in exchange for family participation in community action fees designed to benefit the community, like community trash clean-ups days, the development of a local recycling center, and health festivals. Our Community Organizing Coordinator will provide support and design trainings for our Community Health Action Group (a local association of health leaders), oversee participatory evaluations of our programs, and assist in strategic planning for the organization as a whole.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 22nd 2010, and application forms as well as detailed job descriptions can be downloaded from the MHOP website at www.malihealth.org. Please note that a high level of French proficiency or fluency is a key prerequisite for both positions.


Anna Ninan
Executive Director
Mali Health Organizing Project
http://www.malihealth.org
Mali: 78 24 00 57
US: 404 729 2502

April 30, 2010:  Abstract submission deadline for Symposium to be held November 16-19, 2010

The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

http://www.hsr-symposium.org/
The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will be dedicated to improving the scientific evidence needed by health policy-makers and practitioners to inform their decisions related to accelerating universal health coverage. It will gather researchers, policy-makers, funders, and other stakeholders representing diverse constituencies will convene in Montreux, Switzerland, 16-19 November 2010 to share evidence, identify significant knowledge gaps, and set a research agenda that reflects the needs of low- and middle-income countries.

http://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/alliancehpsr_symposiumbrochure_2010.pdf

May 1, 2010:  Conference

tb: here and now

annual new england clinicians conference

9:30 am – 4:15 pm

•••••

Hyatt Regency

Newport

One Goat Island

Newport, Rhode Island

directions to hotel

http://newport.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/services/maps/index.jsp?icamp=propMapDirections

Hotel telephone:  401.851.1234

cancellation policy

Cancellations/substitutions must be made in writing to the Brown CME Office by April 16th.

Brown University CME Office

97 Waterman Street, A310

Providence, RI  02912

Ph:  401.863.3337   Fax:  401.863.2202

Email:  CME@Brown.edu

If you require an accommodation because of a disability, or if you have any additional questions or needs, please contact Nickolette Patrick at 617. 279-2240 x262 or email npatrick@hria.org.

program

8:45-9:30 am       registration

9:30-9:40 am       welcome

David Gifford, MD, MPH

Director, Rhode Island

Department of Health

9:40-10:20 am    Can the global MDR/XDR epidemic be

controlled?

Edward Nardell, MD

Harvard Medical School

10:20-11:00 am healthcare reform

Kevin Cranston, MDiv

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

11:00-11:15 am break

11:15-12:00 pm Management of HIV/TB co-infectiion

Awe Kwara, MD

Alpert Medical School of Brown University

12:00-1:00 pm    lunch

1:00-1:45 pm       diagnosis of TB and drug resistance: where we are and where we’re heading

Alex Sloutsky, PhD

Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory

1:45-2:30 pm       IGRAs for diagnosis of tuberculosis: 2010 update

Nira Pollock, MD, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2:30-2:45 pm       break

2:45-3:30 pm       CDC update on the 2007 TB technical instructions

Sharmilla Shetty, MD

Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, US CDC

3:30-4:15 pm       case presentations

Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH

The Miriam Hospital,

Providence, RI

registration information

fee:  $45.00

Includes conference materials and lunch

register at:

https://apps.biomed.brown.edu/cme_registration/

hotel rooms: To reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Newport, go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/hria.  The conference rate is $189 per night.  Reservation deadline is April 1, 2010.

May 17, 2010:  Application Deadline

Brown University Seed Funds for International Research Project on Global Health

As Brown moves forward with its international initiatives, the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences have joined together to make available a total of $50,000 to fund a seed project that focuses on the field of global health research. In consultation with an ad hoc advisory committee, a one-time dispersal of funds will be made for a proposal to stimulate a major new global health initiative in collaboration with global peers and to foster a robust institutional partnership in the global health field.

Eligibility

Any professor at any rank or any senior lecturer active in research is eligible, though regular faculty may be given priority over research faculty.  Emeritus, adjunct, visiting, and clinical faculty are not eligible to lead projects, but may be included on the research team.

Amount and Duration of Awards

The award will be up to $50,000 and will be for one year.  A no‐cost extension may be granted with appropriate justification.  Requests for an extension of the award given for the 2010-2011 academic year must be submitted to the Vice President for International Affairs no later than April 1, 2011.

Criteria for Selection

The overall merit of the research project will be considered and evaluated by the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and a committee of faculty advisors. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:

1)      The proposed research deals with a significant global problem

2)      The proposal involves collaboration with international partners

3)      Proposers include Brown faculty from at least three units on campus

4)      The proposed research will enhance Brown’s international visibility

5)      The award has the potential to provide a basis for further research support from external sponsors

6)      There is a likelihood that the proposed work will be completed during the award period.

Special consideration will be given to proposals for research focusing on China, India, Haiti, or Africa.

Award Conditions

Award funds may be used to support reasonable and necessary costs for the collection of pilot research data or for proposal development.  Support for postdoctoral candidates, full or partial stipends and tuition for advanced graduate students who have completed their course work, and research stipends for undergraduate RAs may be covered by award funds.  Expenditures for faculty salaries (either summer or academic year) are not permitted.  Please refer to the Brown IP Policy (http://research.brown.edu/btp/) for questions regarding intellectual property.

Reporting requirements

Within 60 days of the end of the approved award period, the recipient must provide to the Vice President for International Affairs a final report.  The report should outline the work that was accomplished and describe the proposal(s) submitted to external sponsor(s) as a result of this award.  The report should also describe any significant deviations from or extensions to the project described in the original proposal.

Procedure for Submitting Proposals

Proposals for funding should be submitted electronically to Ana Karina Wildman in Office of International Affairs at Ana_Wildman@Brown.edu no later than May 17, 2010.  Selection will be announced by June 15, 2010.  Funds will become available to faculty on or after July 1, 2010.  The funds would be available for use until the end of June 2011, unless an extension was requested and approved before that time.

The proposal should include items 1‐6 below, submitted as a single document in either Word or pdf format:

1. A cover sheet that contains:

a. PI and CO‐PI names (specifying contact information for the PI), titles, and departments

b. Proposal title

c. A 250 word abstract describing the proposed project and summarizing how the project will advance Brown’s position in the global health field internationally and promote Brown’s internationalization efforts in general

2. Proposal (text, including footnotes, should not exceed 2,500 words).  The proposal should summarize the relevant background literature and research that puts the proposed project into the appropriate context and explains how it will significantly extend or contribute to global health research.  The applicant should clearly describe the goals of the research, the activities to be carried out to achieve those goals, a timetable for completing these activities, and an assessment of the potential for subsequent external funding.  The applicant should include a description of how the proposed activity will result in a collaborative team working synergistically on a project that is truly multidisciplinary; and, finally, a description of how the activity will enhance Brown’s international visibility.  Please note that the 2,500 word limit will be enforced; proposals over the limit will not be accepted.

Items 3‐6 below are not included in the 2,500 word limit:

3. A short (no more than two pages) list of references/bibliography may be appended.

4. A budget that itemizes general categories of expenses for which award funds will be used, and a brief justification for these expenses.

5. A description of the strategy for seeking subsequent external support.  The description should include a statement of intent to submit a proposal as one of the outcomes of the project.  The sponsor(s) to which the proposal will be submitted should be identified along with the intended date(s) of submission and the amount(s) that will be requested.

6. A current curriculum vitae for each collaborator.

Please note:

Everything listed above (items 1‐6) is to be submitted electronically as one document.

To be sent under separate cover:

Endorsements from the applicants’ department chairs discussing the proposal’s importance in terms of the selection criteria.  In the event of multiple proposals from the same department, the chair may be asked to rank the proposals.  Electronic submission of this letter is preferable, to Ana Karina Wildman in the Office of International Affairs: Ana_Wildman@brown.edu, no later than May 17, 2010.

May 19, 2010:  Application Deadline

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grand Challenges Explorations Round 5

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals for Round 5 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to encourage unconventional technologies for global health solutions.  One-year research grants of $100,000 will be awarded, with the potential of additional funding up to $1 million if the project shows promise.  Submission Deadline:  May 19, 2010; 9:00 a.m. EST. Decisions will be announced in October 2010.

Grant proposals may be on the following topics:

  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-based Applications for Priority Global Health Conditions

Funding innovative cell phone-based applications that support the foundation’s existing global health   priorities: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, family health, vaccine preventable diseases and other neglected diseases.

  • Create New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns

Funding novel and innovative technological approaches to reducing maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality and morbidity in communities or primary clinics. New interventions must:

  • Have a strong likelihood of achieving a substantial impact on one or more important adverse maternal, fetal, or neonatal outcomes described above
  • Be designed to the requirements of minimally-trained health workers in homes and communities as well as in workers in primary clinics
  • Create New Technologies for Contraception

Funding novel and innovative approaches to preventing unintended pregnancy.  Technologies or approaches should enhance uptake, acceptability and provide for sustained use; enable or provide for low-cost solutions; promote effective delivery and administration of new solutions; and ensure or enhance safety.

  • Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Funding original and innovative ideas with the potential to be translated into safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions (beyond traditional vaccine interventions) to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases in resource-limited settings.

They are NOT:

  • Soliciting proposals that represent traditional approaches to vaccine discovery or development (such as those focused on antigens, adjuvants, vaccine vectors, or formulations);
  • Ideas for variations on conventional small molecule and biologic therapeutic approaches, such as those focused on screening for new chemical entities, assays for validation, or tests of drug efficacy.

Proposal Requirements

Application consists of a research summary, of a maximum two pages in length, that answering two questions: What is your idea? How will you test it?

Additional Information

Application form: www.grandchallenges.org/GCGHDocs/GCEApplication_Form.doc

Program information, application guidelines, and proposal preparation instructions are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx

For application assistance, or for more information about the program, contact Wendy Lawton in Brown’s Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations at 863-3701 or wendy_lawton@brown.edu or Elizabeth Francis in the Office of Biomedical Advancement at 863-2914 or Elizabeth_Francis@brown.edu .

Announcement:  Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SAMSS Newsletter.

The Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) is a project focusing on medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is led by an Advisory Committee of experts in African medical education and a secretariat at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides funding for the project.

SAMSS is devoted to issues in medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. This Newsletter and the SAMSS website (http://samss.org) are designed to provide information about medical education on the continent with a focus on physician retention, capacity building, and educational innovation. The Newsletter will make available topical information on medical education from scholarly journals, policy reports, conference proceedings, and the general press. We believe that information is powerful and that the material highlighted in the Newsletter and found on the website will help to spread ideas that will be of use to faculty, students, and policymakers in education and health. We would hope that policy leaders, national governments, global health organizations, and international donors will find useful and actionable information in the Newsletter that will lead to strengthened health systems and better population health.

We hope you will find this Newsletter of use to you. Please encourage your colleagues to sign up to receive it regularly and please send us your comments and suggestions.

Ongoing:  Conference registration now open

Global Health Council 2010 Conference

Global Health:  Goals and Metrics

June 14-18, 2010

Omni-Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Registration Now Open

Register
It’s the global health community’s annual meeting. You need to be here.
Online registration is now available.
For the best value, register by Feb. 26
A comprehensive registration package includes access to all main conference events and sessions.

Special Offer
The Council and Women Deliver are pleased to announce a joint registration discount. Save $100 when you attend both conferences. Two landmark events, one great price! | info.

Volunteer
Attention Students and New Professionals: Forge new friendships and have fun while contributing to the overall success of the conference program.
Limited hours (8-10) and flexible scheduling ensure that you are able to fully participate in sessions and events | info.
Organizational Opportunities
Partner with the Council and connect with the global health community at this premier annual event.

  • Sponsorship | info
  • Exhibition | info – Reminder: 2009 Exhibitors sign up
    by Dec. 31 to guarantee your booth location
  • Advertising | info
  • Auxiliary Events | info

Venue
The historic Omni Shoreham Hotel will serve as official conference venue.
Discount rooms sell out in advance. Book now.
Special rate ends May 21 | info

Visit www.globalhealthconference.org to plan your participation.

September 20-21, 2010:  CUGH Conference

Please join us for the 2nd annual meeting of the
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Interdisciplinary Science in Global Health:
Formation and Transformation
September 20-21, 2010
University of Washington, Seattle

Registration and logistics will follow.

Inquiries may be sent to info@cugh.org

Ongoing:  Job opportunity available

Maternova Innovation Portal:

Part-time Consultant Position for Mexico Maternal Health Mapping

Maternova is a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform that will help save millions of lives

-Beyond Profit

Part-time position details

Maternova is working with the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals to create a web-based, interactive map of maternal health providers in one marginalized state in Mexico (state to be determined).  A part-time consultant is being sought to help to manage the project and provide critical inputs in research, strategy and to interface with Mexican partners.  The requirements for the position include:

  • Fluent in Spanish; native speaker ideal**[1]
  • Background and experience in global public health, preferably maternal or

reproductive health

  • Background in GIS, mapping and IT
  • 2 years relevant work experience at a minimum
  • Ideally, some knowledge of public health and the health system in Mexico
  • Located in or near Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Excellent research and writing skills; proven management skills

The position is a part-time position for 12 months.  Compensation is approximately $18/hour

for one full day a week.  Hours are flexible.

Maternova connects frontline providers & innovators

Maternova seeks to become the online media hub connecting millions of people who work on maternal/newborn health around the world.   The innovation portal will facilitate user-generated exchanges on highly practical issues, saving lives by increasing efficiency, making connections and sharing innovations.  The site is pioneering two unprecedented resources:  live, user-generated maps of health clinics around the world and an interactive innovations index.

[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

Please send a CV to mwirth@maternova.net if you have most or all of the characteristics listed above and can commit to a full year of work on this project.

Ongoing:  Global Health Volunteer Opportunity available

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals.  All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight’s international programs are Global Impact Fellows.

What do Global Impact Fellows do? They participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, data compilation and analysis, and other important support tasks. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship.  Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research.

Who is eligible? Anyone from any country is eligible to apply.  Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellows are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Global Impact Fellows range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and public health professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Locations of Year-Round Eye Care Delivery:
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

  • Accra and Kumasi Regions, Ghana
  • Tamale, Ghana
  • Varying Rural Villages, Ghana
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Bihar, India
  • Chennai, India
  • New Delhi, India
  • Orissa, India

Complete details online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Announcement:  2010 University of Minnesota Global Health Course (Registration information to follow)

Dear Global Health colleagues:

We would like to invite you to attend the 2010 Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota.

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Our Global Health Course has been designed for local, national, and international health care providers that serve globally mobile populations such as immigrants, refugees, and/or travelers.

Participants include University of Minnesota and non-University of Minnesota medical students, residents, and fellows as well as local, national, and international practicing and retired physicians, nursing students, registered nurses, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, veterinarians, and active military personnel.

GOAL:

The goal of the Global Health Course is to provide medical education to local, national, and international health care providers so that they may become better able to confidently identify, correctly diagnose, and appropriately treat their patients within the Global Village.

OBJECTIVES:

*The Global Health Course strives to help reduce disparities in health care and outcomes for globally mobile populations.

*The Global Health course strives to provide the most current and relevant training and support for those who are committed to “Global Health”.

*The Global Health Course strives inspire students, residents, physicians, and practicing health care providers to provide services in communities that are underserved.

PROVEN OUTCOMES:

*Health care providers will acquire a basic knowledge of all major diseases throughout the world and how the diseases, proportionally or disproportionally, effect differing populations.

*Health care providers will increase their quality of care for globally mobile populations.

*Health care providers will improve their cultural competence.

*Health care providers will be able to help decrease health disparities.

*Health care providers will achieve core competencies in global health.

*Health care providers will develop leadership skills in global health education and clinical care.

*Health care providers will build connections to national and international health care experts.

*Health care providers will have the opportunity to connect with local, national, and international medical communities.

ASTMH CERTIFICATION:

Along with being an outstanding source for the most current and relevant Tropical and Travel Medicine information, our Global Health Course is a certificate preparation course that is one of 17 courses offered internationally, and the only course that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Once participants complete our American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) accredited Global Health Course and complete an international rotation, they are qualified to sit for the biannually-offered exam that leads to a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’

Health; CTropMed (r).

COURSE AGENDA:

*The Global Health Course will be in session starting July 6, 2010 through August 27, 2010.

*The classroom schedule runs Monday through Friday from approximately 8am until 4:30pm.

*The course agenda includes lectures, some of which will be interactive, case presentations, and several hands-on laboratory sessions that focus on Malaria and the use of Ultra Sound technology.

*Since participants may take the course modules in any order and over any amount of time, we strive to offer a similar course layout each year.

*The 2010 agenda will not be announced until shortly before the cou rse begins, however, you may view previous curriculum on our web site at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/curriculum/home.html

COURSE REGISTRATION:

*We will send an announcement as soon as registration is open for the 2010 Global Health Course.

*Participants may register up until the course starts and/or prior to the start of individual module that is to be taken.

*All course participants will register through the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) office at:

www.cmecourses.umn.edu<http://www.cmecourses.umn.edu>

*Exception: University and non-University medical students will register through the University of Minnesota Medical School.

*Please see our web site for information regarding registration and fees at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/eligibilityandfees/home.html

COURSE DEVELOPMENTS:

*We are in the process of developing an on-line version of the Global Health Course.

*The on-line course will mirror the regular in-person classes but will include enhancements for the distance learner/participant.

*Our mission is to offer Module 1 and Module 8 within 2010.

*We would like to note that for ASTMH accreditation purposes, the modules that contain laboratory components (Malaria and Ultra Sound) must be taken in person.

HOUSING:

*Please let us know if you will be in need of housing during your stay as we can reserve a room for you on campus at the University of Minnesota Comstock Hall dormitory.

*The cost for housing in the dormitory is approximately $47 per day.

*Additional logistical information is available on our web site at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/logistics/home.html

Please contact Debbie Luedtke for additional information at luedt047@umn.edu<mailto:luedt047@umn.edu>

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Debbie Luedtke

University of Minnesota-Department of Medicine

Global Health Pathway and Global Health Course

“Medical Education in the Global Village”

PWB 14-124, MMC 284

420 Delaware Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612.626.3526

luedt047@umn.edu

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu

Ongoing:  Haiti Medical Student Grant Opportunity

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Working to keep the care in healthcare

Help for Haiti

Student Fellowships

Request for Proposals

In response to the catastrophe in Haiti, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a non-profit organization, has established a Help for Haiti Fund to send medical students to provide assistance to the victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Haiti Assistance Fund Program

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is offering service grants of up to $3,000 to medical students who want to participate in the relief projects to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Student projects may include direct medical aid or non-medical assistance to victims and those adversely affected by this disaster. (Examples might include: assisting in healthcare, providing healthcare information to displaced persons in shelters, assistance to overstressed relief workers, helping to rebuild structures, or instituting social and educational programs for small children.)

Award: The fellowships will provide funding of up to $300/week (not to exceed 10 weeks) to pay for travel and a living stipend. Funding from other sources may be used in conjunction with the Gold Foundation fellowship.  Funds are limited and proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Proposal and Application Requirements

Eligibility: Any student of an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy in North America may apply for funding from the Help for Haiti Fund. Students must work through an on-site relief organization, or under the supervision of an on-site healthcare provider. The student’s medical school will be the official recipient of the grant and must be classified as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit institution. No grant funds may be used for institutional or administrative overhead.

All applications must include:

  1. Cover sheet with:
    1. Title of project
    2. Name of healthcare or relief organization
    3. Name and full contact information (including email) of student applicant
    4. Name and address of institutions:
      1. i.    Medical school (include contact person, such as Dean of Students, Dean of Medical Education)
      2. ii.    Healthcare/relief organization (include on-site supervisor’s contact information)
      3. Project timeline and total dollar amount requested
  1. Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages) with:
    1. Project description (including goal, target population, implementation plan and timeline)
    2. Short description of on-site healthcare or relief organization
  1. Letters of support from:
    1. Student’s medical school (e.g. from Dean of Students and/or Faculty Mentor)
    2. An authorized representative of the on-site healthcare or relief organization.
  1. Copy of medical school’s tax-exempt designation letter, including Federal Tax Identification Number.

Proposals should be emailed to: Proposals@gold-foundation.org

For inquires, please contact:

Ann Bruder                                                      Tel: 201-567-7999

Director of Programs                                      Fax: 201-567-7880

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Email: abruder@gold-foundation.org

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The Gold Foundation is gathering personal stories from people in the medical community about Haitian Relief. We will publish these essays and narratives on our website. Please send any submissions to us at the address above.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

To promote humanistic patient care, the Gold Foundation supports a broad spectrum of diverse educational programs and projects at medical schools and teaching hospitals. Through its programs in physician education, the Foundation cultivates and extols humanistic characteristics, such as integrity, compassion, respect, empathy and service. To learn more about The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, visit our website, www.humanism-in-medicine.org.


[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

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Weekly Global Health Notices, 4/5/10-4/9/10, and beyond

Global Health Initiative welcomes a new staff member.

The Global Health Initiative is pleased to announce that Paula Kim has joined the staff as a part-time Program Assistant.  Paula is a graduate of Notre Dame, where she double-majored in Political Science and Peace Studies.  She has had considerable experience working abroad, in Korea, Spain, and Peru.  She is also a current intern at the Haiti Project.  In her role at the Global Health Initiative, Paula will support the Framework Global Health Scholarship program, the Foreign Studies Fellowship program, and the Global Health and Medicine Lecture Series, as well as other GHI projects.  Paula can be found in the GHI offices, Arnold Lab room 415, and reached at (401) 863-6053 and Paula_Kim@Brown.edu.  We hope you will stop by to say “Hello!”

April 8, 2010:  Talk (2 presenters)

“The Role of U.S. Migration and Remittances on the Educational Attainment of Children in Mexico”

Gabriela Sanchez Soto, Sociology Graduate Student

“Child Mortality, Household Dynamics, and Polygamy in Northern Ghana, Kassena-Nankana District”

Maya Vaughan-Smith, Anthropology Graduate Student

12:00 noon

Seminar room, Mencoff Hall

68 Waterman St.

April 9, 2010:  Talk

“Birth and Belonging in an African Diaspora”

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

Carleton College

Sponsored by the Working Group on Anthropology and Population (WGAP)

12:00 noon

212 Giddings

128 Hope St.

April 13, 2010:  Public Health Research Day

This year’s Brown University Public Health Research Day will be held on April 13 from 1:30 – 6:00 pm in Andrews Dining Hall. Our annual poster session will start at 1:30pm with awards for posters in several categories including:

1) best undergraduate poster

2) best MPH poster

3) best doctoral student or trainee poster.

Gillian Paynter
Executive Assistant
Program in Public Health
121 S. Main St, Box G-S121 (2)
Providence  RI  02912
Tel: 401-863-9858
Fax: 401-863-3713

April 16, 2010:  Symposium

AMPATH Symposium:  8-10 a.m., Marcuvitz Auditorium, Life Science Building, 185 Meeting Street

The Brown Kenya Program is anchored in AMPATH- the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare.  The AMPATH consortium is the group of US institutions who partner with Moi University School of Medicine to support a bilateral medical exchange program. This exchange has led to the development of the largest HIV care program in East Africa, a vibrant exchange program in multiple disciplines, and a robust research program.

This symposium is targeted to Brown faculty in all disciplines who wish to learn more about the collaboration and our work in Kenya.

Students are welcome to attend.

For further information, please write us at Brown_Kenya_Program@Brown.edu.

8-10 AM

Marcuvitz Auditorium

Life Science Building

185 Meeting Street

April 17-18, 2010:  Unite for Sight Global Health Conference

GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Registration & Details (Registration rate increases after January 31): http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.  The conference schedule is now online.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Complete details on conference website.

April 20, 2010:  Talk

“Global Health System Reform”

Peter Berman, Ph.D.

Lead Health Economist of the World Bank’s  global work on health systems

Adjunct Professor of Population and International Health Economics

Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University School of Public Health

4pm

121 South Main St.
Room 245

April 22, 2010:  Job application deadline

Mali Health Organizing Project Call for On-Site Coordinators

The Mali Health Organizing Project (MHOP) seeks to create a model health delivery system on the outskirts of Bamako by enabling slum residents to design and build their own health systems. We are seeking two yearlong onsite coordinators to start in the late summer or early fall of 2010.

Our Community Health Workers Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day function of our health workers. The Coordinator will lead our innovative Action for Health program, which provides free care to children in exchange for family participation in community action fees designed to benefit the community, like community trash clean-ups days, the development of a local recycling center, and health festivals. Our Community Organizing Coordinator will provide support and design trainings for our Community Health Action Group (a local association of health leaders), oversee participatory evaluations of our programs, and assist in strategic planning for the organization as a whole.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 22nd 2010, and application forms as well as detailed job descriptions can be downloaded from the MHOP website at www.malihealth.org. Please note that a high level of French proficiency or fluency is a key prerequisite for both positions.


Anna Ninan
Executive Director
Mali Health Organizing Project
http://www.malihealth.org
Mali: 78 24 00 57
US: 404 729 2502

April 30, 2010:  Abstract submission deadline for Symposium to be held November 16-19, 2010

The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

http://www.hsr-symposium.org/
The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will be dedicated to improving the scientific evidence needed by health policy-makers and practitioners to inform their decisions related to accelerating universal health coverage. It will gather researchers, policy-makers, funders, and other stakeholders representing diverse constituencies will convene in Montreux, Switzerland, 16-19 November 2010 to share evidence, identify significant knowledge gaps, and set a research agenda that reflects the needs of low- and middle-income countries.

http://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/alliancehpsr_symposiumbrochure_2010.pdf

May 1, 2010:  Conference

tb: here and now

annual new england clinicians conference

9:30 am – 4:15 pm

•••••

Hyatt Regency

Newport

One Goat Island

Newport, Rhode Island

directions to hotel

http://newport.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/services/maps/index.jsp?icamp=propMapDirections

Hotel telephone:  401.851.1234

cancellation policy

Cancellations/substitutions must be made in writing to the Brown CME Office by April 16th.

Brown University CME Office

97 Waterman Street, A310

Providence, RI  02912

Ph:  401.863.3337   Fax:  401.863.2202

Email:  CME@Brown.edu

If you require an accommodation because of a disability, or if you have any additional questions or needs, please contact Nickolette Patrick at 617. 279-2240 x262 or email npatrick@hria.org.

program

8:45-9:30 am       registration

9:30-9:40 am       welcome

David Gifford, MD, MPH

Director, Rhode Island

Department of Health

9:40-10:20 am    Can the global MDR/XDR epidemic be

controlled?

Edward Nardell, MD

Harvard Medical School

10:20-11:00 am healthcare reform

Kevin Cranston, MDiv

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

11:00-11:15 am break

11:15-12:00 pm Management of HIV/TB co-infectiion

Awe Kwara, MD

Alpert Medical School of Brown University

12:00-1:00 pm    lunch

1:00-1:45 pm       diagnosis of TB and drug resistance: where we are and where we’re heading

Alex Sloutsky, PhD

Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory

1:45-2:30 pm       IGRAs for diagnosis of tuberculosis: 2010 update

Nira Pollock, MD, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2:30-2:45 pm       break

2:45-3:30 pm       CDC update on the 2007 TB technical instructions

Sharmilla Shetty, MD

Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, US CDC

3:30-4:15 pm       case presentations

Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH

The Miriam Hospital,

Providence, RI

registration information

fee:  $45.00

Includes conference materials and lunch

register at:

https://apps.biomed.brown.edu/cme_registration/

hotel rooms: To reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Newport, go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/hria.  The conference rate is $189 per night.  Reservation deadline is April 1, 2010.

May 17, 2010:  Application Deadline

Brown University Seed Funds for International Research Project on Global Health

As Brown moves forward with its international initiatives, the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences have joined together to make available a total of $50,000 to fund a seed project that focuses on the field of global health research. In consultation with an ad hoc advisory committee, a one-time dispersal of funds will be made for a proposal to stimulate a major new global health initiative in collaboration with global peers and to foster a robust institutional partnership in the global health field.

Eligibility

Any professor at any rank or any senior lecturer active in research is eligible, though regular faculty may be given priority over research faculty.  Emeritus, adjunct, visiting, and clinical faculty are not eligible to lead projects, but may be included on the research team.

Amount and Duration of Awards

The award will be up to $50,000 and will be for one year.  A no‐cost extension may be granted with appropriate justification.  Requests for an extension of the award given for the 2010-2011 academic year must be submitted to the Vice President for International Affairs no later than April 1, 2011.

Criteria for Selection

The overall merit of the research project will be considered and evaluated by the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and a committee of faculty advisors. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:

1)      The proposed research deals with a significant global problem

2)      The proposal involves collaboration with international partners

3)      Proposers include Brown faculty from at least three units on campus

4)      The proposed research will enhance Brown’s international visibility

5)      The award has the potential to provide a basis for further research support from external sponsors

6)      There is a likelihood that the proposed work will be completed during the award period.

Special consideration will be given to proposals for research focusing on China, India, Haiti, or Africa.

Award Conditions

Award funds may be used to support reasonable and necessary costs for the collection of pilot research data or for proposal development.  Support for postdoctoral candidates, full or partial stipends and tuition for advanced graduate students who have completed their course work, and research stipends for undergraduate RAs may be covered by award funds.  Expenditures for faculty salaries (either summer or academic year) are not permitted.  Please refer to the Brown IP Policy (http://research.brown.edu/btp/) for questions regarding intellectual property.

Reporting requirements

Within 60 days of the end of the approved award period, the recipient must provide to the Vice President for International Affairs a final report.  The report should outline the work that was accomplished and describe the proposal(s) submitted to external sponsor(s) as a result of this award.  The report should also describe any significant deviations from or extensions to the project described in the original proposal.

Procedure for Submitting Proposals

Proposals for funding should be submitted electronically to Ana Karina Wildman in Office of International Affairs at Ana_Wildman@Brown.edu no later than May 17, 2010.  Selection will be announced by June 15, 2010.  Funds will become available to faculty on or after July 1, 2010.  The funds would be available for use until the end of June 2011, unless an extension was requested and approved before that time.

The proposal should include items 1‐6 below, submitted as a single document in either Word or pdf format:

1. A cover sheet that contains:

a. PI and CO‐PI names (specifying contact information for the PI), titles, and departments

b. Proposal title

c. A 250 word abstract describing the proposed project and summarizing how the project will advance Brown’s position in the global health field internationally and promote Brown’s internationalization efforts in general

2. Proposal (text, including footnotes, should not exceed 2,500 words).  The proposal should summarize the relevant background literature and research that puts the proposed project into the appropriate context and explains how it will significantly extend or contribute to global health research.  The applicant should clearly describe the goals of the research, the activities to be carried out to achieve those goals, a timetable for completing these activities, and an assessment of the potential for subsequent external funding.  The applicant should include a description of how the proposed activity will result in a collaborative team working synergistically on a project that is truly multidisciplinary; and, finally, a description of how the activity will enhance Brown’s international visibility.  Please note that the 2,500 word limit will be enforced; proposals over the limit will not be accepted.

Items 3‐6 below are not included in the 2,500 word limit:

3. A short (no more than two pages) list of references/bibliography may be appended.

4. A budget that itemizes general categories of expenses for which award funds will be used, and a brief justification for these expenses.

5. A description of the strategy for seeking subsequent external support.  The description should include a statement of intent to submit a proposal as one of the outcomes of the project.  The sponsor(s) to which the proposal will be submitted should be identified along with the intended date(s) of submission and the amount(s) that will be requested.

6. A current curriculum vitae for each collaborator.

Please note:

Everything listed above (items 1‐6) is to be submitted electronically as one document.

To be sent under separate cover:

Endorsements from the applicants’ department chairs discussing the proposal’s importance in terms of the selection criteria.  In the event of multiple proposals from the same department, the chair may be asked to rank the proposals.  Electronic submission of this letter is preferable, to Ana Karina Wildman in the Office of International Affairs: Ana_Wildman@brown.edu, no later than May 17, 2010.

May 19, 2010:  Application Deadline

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grand Challenges Explorations Round 5

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals for Round 5 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to encourage unconventional technologies for global health solutions.  One-year research grants of $100,000 will be awarded, with the potential of additional funding up to $1 million if the project shows promise.  Submission Deadline:  May 19, 2010; 9:00 a.m. EST. Decisions will be announced in October 2010.

Grant proposals may be on the following topics:

  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-based Applications for Priority Global Health Conditions

Funding innovative cell phone-based applications that support the foundation’s existing global health   priorities: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, family health, vaccine preventable diseases and other neglected diseases.

  • Create New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns

Funding novel and innovative technological approaches to reducing maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality and morbidity in communities or primary clinics. New interventions must:

  • Have a strong likelihood of achieving a substantial impact on one or more important adverse maternal, fetal, or neonatal outcomes described above
  • Be designed to the requirements of minimally-trained health workers in homes and communities as well as in workers in primary clinics
  • Create New Technologies for Contraception

Funding novel and innovative approaches to preventing unintended pregnancy.  Technologies or approaches should enhance uptake, acceptability and provide for sustained use; enable or provide for low-cost solutions; promote effective delivery and administration of new solutions; and ensure or enhance safety.

  • Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Funding original and innovative ideas with the potential to be translated into safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions (beyond traditional vaccine interventions) to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases in resource-limited settings.

They are NOT:

  • Soliciting proposals that represent traditional approaches to vaccine discovery or development (such as those focused on antigens, adjuvants, vaccine vectors, or formulations);
  • Ideas for variations on conventional small molecule and biologic therapeutic approaches, such as those focused on screening for new chemical entities, assays for validation, or tests of drug efficacy.

Proposal Requirements

Application consists of a research summary, of a maximum two pages in length, that answering two questions: What is your idea? How will you test it?

Additional Information

Application form: www.grandchallenges.org/GCGHDocs/GCEApplication_Form.doc

Program information, application guidelines, and proposal preparation instructions are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx

For application assistance, or for more information about the program, contact Wendy Lawton in Brown’s Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations at 863-3701 or wendy_lawton@brown.edu or Elizabeth Francis in the Office of Biomedical Advancement at 863-2914 or Elizabeth_Francis@brown.edu .

Announcement:  Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SAMSS Newsletter.

The Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) is a project focusing on medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is led by an Advisory Committee of experts in African medical education and a secretariat at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides funding for the project.

SAMSS is devoted to issues in medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. This Newsletter and the SAMSS website (http://samss.org) are designed to provide information about medical education on the continent with a focus on physician retention, capacity building, and educational innovation. The Newsletter will make available topical information on medical education from scholarly journals, policy reports, conference proceedings, and the general press. We believe that information is powerful and that the material highlighted in the Newsletter and found on the website will help to spread ideas that will be of use to faculty, students, and policymakers in education and health. We would hope that policy leaders, national governments, global health organizations, and international donors will find useful and actionable information in the Newsletter that will lead to strengthened health systems and better population health.

We hope you will find this Newsletter of use to you. Please encourage your colleagues to sign up to receive it regularly and please send us your comments and suggestions.

Ongoing:  Conference registration now open

Global Health Council 2010 Conference

Global Health:  Goals and Metrics

June 14-18, 2010

Omni-Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Registration Now Open

Register
It’s the global health community’s annual meeting. You need to be here.
Online registration is now available.
For the best value, register by Feb. 26
A comprehensive registration package includes access to all main conference events and sessions.

Special Offer
The Council and Women Deliver are pleased to announce a joint registration discount. Save $100 when you attend both conferences. Two landmark events, one great price! | info.

Volunteer
Attention Students and New Professionals: Forge new friendships and have fun while contributing to the overall success of the conference program.
Limited hours (8-10) and flexible scheduling ensure that you are able to fully participate in sessions and events | info.
Organizational Opportunities
Partner with the Council and connect with the global health community at this premier annual event.

  • Sponsorship | info
  • Exhibition | info – Reminder: 2009 Exhibitors sign up
    by Dec. 31 to guarantee your booth location
  • Advertising | info
  • Auxiliary Events | info

Venue
The historic Omni Shoreham Hotel will serve as official conference venue.
Discount rooms sell out in advance. Book now.
Special rate ends May 21 | info

Visit www.globalhealthconference.org to plan your participation.

September 20-21, 2010:  CUGH Conference

Please join us for the 2nd annual meeting of the
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Interdisciplinary Science in Global Health:
Formation and Transformation
September 20-21, 2010
University of Washington, Seattle

Registration and logistics will follow.

Inquiries may be sent to info@cugh.org

Ongoing:  Job opportunity available

Maternova Innovation Portal:

Part-time Consultant Position for Mexico Maternal Health Mapping

Maternova is a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform that will help save millions of lives

-Beyond Profit

Part-time position details

Maternova is working with the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals to create a web-based, interactive map of maternal health providers in one marginalized state in Mexico (state to be determined).  A part-time consultant is being sought to help to manage the project and provide critical inputs in research, strategy and to interface with Mexican partners.  The requirements for the position include:

  • Fluent in Spanish; native speaker ideal**[1]
  • Background and experience in global public health, preferably maternal or

reproductive health

  • Background in GIS, mapping and IT
  • 2 years relevant work experience at a minimum
  • Ideally, some knowledge of public health and the health system in Mexico
  • Located in or near Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Excellent research and writing skills; proven management skills

The position is a part-time position for 12 months.  Compensation is approximately $18/hour

for one full day a week.  Hours are flexible.

Maternova connects frontline providers & innovators

Maternova seeks to become the online media hub connecting millions of people who work on maternal/newborn health around the world.   The innovation portal will facilitate user-generated exchanges on highly practical issues, saving lives by increasing efficiency, making connections and sharing innovations.  The site is pioneering two unprecedented resources:  live, user-generated maps of health clinics around the world and an interactive innovations index.

[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

Please send a CV to mwirth@maternova.net if you have most or all of the characteristics listed above and can commit to a full year of work on this project.

Ongoing:  Global Health Volunteer Opportunity available

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals.  All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight’s international programs are Global Impact Fellows.

What do Global Impact Fellows do? They participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, data compilation and analysis, and other important support tasks. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship.  Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research.

Who is eligible? Anyone from any country is eligible to apply.  Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellows are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Global Impact Fellows range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and public health professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Locations of Year-Round Eye Care Delivery:
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

  • Accra and Kumasi Regions, Ghana
  • Tamale, Ghana
  • Varying Rural Villages, Ghana
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Bihar, India
  • Chennai, India
  • New Delhi, India
  • Orissa, India

Complete details online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Announcement:  2010 University of Minnesota Global Health Course (Registration information to follow)

Dear Global Health colleagues:

We would like to invite you to attend the 2010 Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota.

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Our Global Health Course has been designed for local, national, and international health care providers that serve globally mobile populations such as immigrants, refugees, and/or travelers.

Participants include University of Minnesota and non-University of Minnesota medical students, residents, and fellows as well as local, national, and international practicing and retired physicians, nursing students, registered nurses, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, veterinarians, and active military personnel.

GOAL:

The goal of the Global Health Course is to provide medical education to local, national, and international health care providers so that they may become better able to confidently identify, correctly diagnose, and appropriately treat their patients within the Global Village.

OBJECTIVES:

*The Global Health Course strives to help reduce disparities in health care and outcomes for globally mobile populations.

*The Global Health course strives to provide the most current and relevant training and support for those who are committed to “Global Health”.

*The Global Health Course strives inspire students, residents, physicians, and practicing health care providers to provide services in communities that are underserved.

PROVEN OUTCOMES:

*Health care providers will acquire a basic knowledge of all major diseases throughout the world and how the diseases, proportionally or disproportionally, effect differing populations.

*Health care providers will increase their quality of care for globally mobile populations.

*Health care providers will improve their cultural competence.

*Health care providers will be able to help decrease health disparities.

*Health care providers will achieve core competencies in global health.

*Health care providers will develop leadership skills in global health education and clinical care.

*Health care providers will build connections to national and international health care experts.

*Health care providers will have the opportunity to connect with local, national, and international medical communities.

ASTMH CERTIFICATION:

Along with being an outstanding source for the most current and relevant Tropical and Travel Medicine information, our Global Health Course is a certificate preparation course that is one of 17 courses offered internationally, and the only course that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Once participants complete our American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) accredited Global Health Course and complete an international rotation, they are qualified to sit for the biannually-offered exam that leads to a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’

Health; CTropMed (r).

COURSE AGENDA:

*The Global Health Course will be in session starting July 6, 2010 through August 27, 2010.

*The classroom schedule runs Monday through Friday from approximately 8am until 4:30pm.

*The course agenda includes lectures, some of which will be interactive, case presentations, and several hands-on laboratory sessions that focus on Malaria and the use of Ultra Sound technology.

*Since participants may take the course modules in any order and over any amount of time, we strive to offer a similar course layout each year.

*The 2010 agenda will not be announced until shortly before the cou rse begins, however, you may view previous curriculum on our web site at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/curriculum/home.html

COURSE REGISTRATION:

*We will send an announcement as soon as registration is open for the 2010 Global Health Course.

*Participants may register up until the course starts and/or prior to the start of individual module that is to be taken.

*All course participants will register through the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) office at:

www.cmecourses.umn.edu<http://www.cmecourses.umn.edu>

*Exception: University and non-University medical students will register through the University of Minnesota Medical School.

*Please see our web site for information regarding registration and fees at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/eligibilityandfees/home.html

COURSE DEVELOPMENTS:

*We are in the process of developing an on-line version of the Global Health Course.

*The on-line course will mirror the regular in-person classes but will include enhancements for the distance learner/participant.

*Our mission is to offer Module 1 and Module 8 within 2010.

*We would like to note that for ASTMH accreditation purposes, the modules that contain laboratory components (Malaria and Ultra Sound) must be taken in person.

HOUSING:

*Please let us know if you will be in need of housing during your stay as we can reserve a room for you on campus at the University of Minnesota Comstock Hall dormitory.

*The cost for housing in the dormitory is approximately $47 per day.

*Additional logistical information is available on our web site at:

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/course/logistics/home.html

Please contact Debbie Luedtke for additional information at luedt047@umn.edu<mailto:luedt047@umn.edu>

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Debbie Luedtke

University of Minnesota-Department of Medicine

Global Health Pathway and Global Health Course

“Medical Education in the Global Village”

PWB 14-124, MMC 284

420 Delaware Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612.626.3526

luedt047@umn.edu

http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu

Ongoing:  Haiti Medical Student Grant Opportunity

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Working to keep the care in healthcare

Help for Haiti

Student Fellowships

Request for Proposals

In response to the catastrophe in Haiti, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a non-profit organization, has established a Help for Haiti Fund to send medical students to provide assistance to the victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Haiti Assistance Fund Program

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is offering service grants of up to $3,000 to medical students who want to participate in the relief projects to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Student projects may include direct medical aid or non-medical assistance to victims and those adversely affected by this disaster. (Examples might include: assisting in healthcare, providing healthcare information to displaced persons in shelters, assistance to overstressed relief workers, helping to rebuild structures, or instituting social and educational programs for small children.)

Award: The fellowships will provide funding of up to $300/week (not to exceed 10 weeks) to pay for travel and a living stipend. Funding from other sources may be used in conjunction with the Gold Foundation fellowship.  Funds are limited and proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Proposal and Application Requirements

Eligibility: Any student of an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy in North America may apply for funding from the Help for Haiti Fund. Students must work through an on-site relief organization, or under the supervision of an on-site healthcare provider. The student’s medical school will be the official recipient of the grant and must be classified as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit institution. No grant funds may be used for institutional or administrative overhead.

All applications must include:

  1. Cover sheet with:
    1. Title of project
    2. Name of healthcare or relief organization
    3. Name and full contact information (including email) of student applicant
    4. Name and address of institutions:
      1. i.    Medical school (include contact person, such as Dean of Students, Dean of Medical Education)
      2. ii.    Healthcare/relief organization (include on-site supervisor’s contact information)
      3. Project timeline and total dollar amount requested
  1. Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages) with:
    1. Project description (including goal, target population, implementation plan and timeline)
    2. Short description of on-site healthcare or relief organization
  1. Letters of support from:
    1. Student’s medical school (e.g. from Dean of Students and/or Faculty Mentor)
    2. An authorized representative of the on-site healthcare or relief organization.
  1. Copy of medical school’s tax-exempt designation letter, including Federal Tax Identification Number.

Proposals should be emailed to: Proposals@gold-foundation.org

For inquires, please contact:

Ann Bruder                                                      Tel: 201-567-7999

Director of Programs                                      Fax: 201-567-7880

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Email: abruder@gold-foundation.org

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The Gold Foundation is gathering personal stories from people in the medical community about Haitian Relief. We will publish these essays and narratives on our website. Please send any submissions to us at the address above.

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To promote humanistic patient care, the Gold Foundation supports a broad spectrum of diverse educational programs and projects at medical schools and teaching hospitals. Through its programs in physician education, the Foundation cultivates and extols humanistic characteristics, such as integrity, compassion, respect, empathy and service. To learn more about The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, visit our website, www.humanism-in-medicine.org.


[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

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