July 13th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
In past years, Roger Glass (top left), director of NIH’s Fogarty International Center (FIC), and I have taken an in-person group photo with the FIC fellows and scholars. This year, due to the international health and travel challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a Zoom composite of some of the young researchers will have to do! I spoke to the group on the morning of July 13 as part of FIC’s week-long Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars. The program provides collaborative, mentored global health research training in low- and middle-income countries. Individual students, postdoctoral fellows, or faculty from the U.S. and abroad apply for a 12-month placement at a participating global institution. The meeting has brought together 122 fellows and scholars (US and international), seven Fulbright Fogarty Fellows, 16 alumni, and many others to the event. As you can see in my photo, I had to be out of town this year, and I spoke to everyone buckled up while returning to the Washington, D.C. area. But I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to share my vision for global health research and point to some of the many opportunities available in global health for young academics from the U.S. and other nations.
July 3rd, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
I enjoyed taking part in NIH’s Fogarty International Center’s Global Health Fellows Orientation on July 2, 2019. Held on the NIH campus, the orientation allowed me to meet this year’s impressive class from the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars. This NIH program supports six U.S. university consortia, which provide collaborative, mentored global health research training in low- and middle-income countries. Individual students, postdoctoral fellows, or faculty from the U.S. and abroad apply through the consortia to spend a year at an institution in a low- and middle-income country. Courtesy of Kristen Weymouth
June 20th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
Jeremy Farrar (left), director of the Wellcome Trust, London, delivered the 2019 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on June 19 in NIH’s Masur Auditorium. The lecture was titled, “Global Health in a Changing World.” Jeremy also presented me with a copy of the just-released Wellcome Global Monitor 2018. It offers the results of Wellcome’s survey of 140,000 people worldwide about science and global health challenges. The inside front cover included his handwritten inscription, which he asked me to read aloud to the audience, “Francis and all colleagues and friends at the N.I.H. We admire, respect, and give all our thanks for your leadership and friendship. Very best wishes, Jeremy.” The annual lecture honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health in the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The NIDCR cosponsors the Barmes Lecture with NIH’s Fogarty International Center. Credit: Marleen Van den Neste.
March 8th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
I took part in the orientation session for the new African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) on February 28, 2019. The session was held at the Fogarty Stone House on the NIH campus, and afterwards I joined this inaugural group of APTI fellows and event organizers for a group photo. The orientation, which provided an overview of APTI and its vision to help early-career researchers from Africa excel, was hosted by NIH and its partners in this initiative, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Academy of Sciences. The fellows hail from six African countries, and they will work over the next few years in 10 NIH labs in Maryland, North Carolina, and Montana. Credit: Marleen Van den Neste.