Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program is a great program for those out there interested in public health research and clinical science research in a global context. This is a program specifically for students enrolled in a PhD program in the allied health fields including public health.

A brief excerpt on the program from the website:

Would you like a unique chance to experience clinical research training in a developing country? Would you like to work with a strong team of mentors and colleagues on important problems that advance people's health?

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS-F) Support Center at Vanderbilt is offering a one-year clinical research training experience for graduate-level U.S. students in the health professions. This is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH-funded research centers in developing countries. 

Fellowship Sites:

Wow! Here is a profile of a WOMAN who is taking the Fogarty Fellowship on. She is an M.D./Ph.D. student at VCU School of Medicine/Medical College of Virginia who is a Fogarty Fellow. I love the way that she describes the program and how  she is combining clinical research and her interest in global health:

During her year abroad, Kuchta will partner with Taufiqur Rahman Bhuyian, an M.Sc./Ph.D. candidate from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and they will be mentored by Stephen Calderwood, M.D., with the Harvard Medical School, and Firdausi Qadri, Ph.D., with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research.

The team’s lab work will focus on understanding the body’s immune cell response - findings that could one day help researchers develop a vaccine against cholera. Kuchta hopes to become a physician-scientist in the field of global medicine.