HSC Funding Bolsters Global Health Training



May 12, 2009

Recovery Act Will Help Campuses Meet Student Demand for More Courses

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will enable the National Institutes of Health to help four more schools, including the University of New Mexico, satisfy student demand for global health studies through the NIH Fogarty International Center Framework Grants.

The University of New Mexico, Yale University, the University of California, Irvine, and Dartmouth College will join 12 institutions that last year were awarded the Fogarty International Center's prestigious Framework grants, which make it possible for faculties to work across disciplines to bring their expertise to bear on improving global health.

The UNM program will receive approximately $270,000 over the next two years to support job creation and preservation by hiring one new full-time administrative assistant, providing part-time consulting work in information technology for website development, and training nine graduate student fellows a year to meet the demand for global health professionals.

It also will support the local economy by bringing in regional speakers and guests to an annual symposium on global health, adds Douglas J. Perkins, Ph.D., the head of the program. UNM’s program is the first of its kind in the Southwest.

“Our infrastructure and breadth of medical specialties make us great candidates for succeeding with the Framework grants for international research and training,” says Paul Roth, M.D., Dean of the UNM’s School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Health Sciences for UNM. “Framework certainly will make us more competitive in the global health arena."

Thirty-five schools have received Framework grants since the program's inception in 2005. Within these institutions, faculty from more than 17 different disciplines have participated, including those from schools of medicine, public health, anthropology, law, engineering, environmental sciences, journalism, business, and others.

The money, made possible by the Recovery Act, will preserve and create U.S. jobs in the timely and competitive arena of global health research.Funding for Framework activities are delivered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

To track the progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visithttp://www.hhs.gov/recovery. To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visithttp://www.recovery.gov/. The Fogarty International Center, the international component of the NIH, addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs and supports and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships.

For more information, visithttp://www.fic.nih.gov/. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) ? The Nation's Medical Research Agency ? includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH andhttp://www.nih.gov/.

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