Table of Contents
  • Letter from our Executive Director, Keith Martin, MD, PC
  • CUGH Conference 2020
  • CUGH Projects Update
  • News and Updates
  • Opportunities
  • Featured Readings and Viewings
  • Upcoming Events
  • Global Health Journals & Newsletters
A Letter from our Executive Director
May 23, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Believe it or not, we are gearing up for our next annual conference, April 18-20, 2020 (with special satellite sessions on April 17) in Washington DC. The conference’s theme is “Global Health in a Time of Worldwide Political Change.” We will also be running an advocacy day on Capitol Hill on April 16. More information will be forthcoming.

You can submit submissions for sessions and satellites and register for the conference at . The portal to submit abstracts will be open later this month for 11 weeks. The meeting will inform, inspire and enable attendees to strengthen their collaborations to improve the health of people and our planet. We sincerely hope that you and your colleagues will join us in Washington DC next year as we work together to address these complex challenges.

In this bulletin you will also see important information regarding upcoming meetings including the AFREhealth conference in Nigeria, the planetary health meeting in Stanford and much more.

In June you will receive a notice that an election will take place for seven positions that are opening up on the CUGH's Board of Directors. We will be seeking nominations to attract candidates from a diverse range of biomedical and non-biomedical disciplines, institutions and countries who have some combination of management, finance, fundraising and board experience. Candidates must be from a CUGH member institution.

Once again, thank you for sharing this bulletin. Together we can help inform our colleagues and strengthen our collective efforts to address the crises we are facing.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH Conference 2020:
Submissions for Abstracts, Sessions, and Satellite Sessions are now being accepted on

Registration rates and information can be found here.
CUGH Projects Update:
Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources (STAR)
Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources (STAR) is a five-year project of the Public Health Institute, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its goal is to strengthen global health professionals, organizations, and the practice of global health through a learning-centered Fellowship and Internship program; capacity-building for host organizations; and knowledge-sharing collaborations between paired academic institutions. Visit  for more information or to view open positions.
PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program
CUGH has partnered with the Public Health Institute (PHI)/ US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. This is a CDC-funded fellowship that supports promising emerging global health professionals to develop technical skills needed to respond to today’s public health needs and challenges. Fellows have the exciting opportunity to work with leading CDC experts to contribute to real projects around the world across these areas: epidemiology, HIV prevention, surveillance, strategic information, monitoring and evaluation and program management.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Last year, CUGH secured a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to work with the US academic community to increase support for US leadership and funding for global health. To achieve this objective, we are collaborating with our members to inform Congresspersons and State legislators and the public about the value of global health to their state and the nation. As part of this initiative we will be facilitating engagements between academics, their government relations representatives, Congresspersons and State legislators to assist elected officials in making informed decisions about global health issues and investments. We hope this effort will increase awareness and support for global health programs amongst legislators and the broader public and increase the implementation of policies backed by evidence.

Please see the 2019 Annual Letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation here.
News and Updates:
2019 Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting

The 2019 Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting will be September 4-6, 2019 .

AFREhealth 3rd Annual Symposium

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health will hold its 3rd Annual Symposium on August 5-8, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Abstract submission deadline extended to May 31, 2019!
 STI & HIV 2019 World Congress

The STI & HIV 2019 World Congress will be held July 14 – 17, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, in Vancouver, Canada.

This Congress represents the joint meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI). This biennial meeting is one of the largest international meetings on sexually transmitted infections, drawing delegates from around the world.

Under the theme of ‘The Evolving Landscape of STI and HIV Elimination’, this meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for the world’s most prominent researchers and health care professionals to come together in the shared goal of improving global public health in the field of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The meeting will provide attendees the opportunity to network with experts, present their research findings to an international audience, hear the latest scientific developments from leaders in the STI/HIV field, and contribute to discussions that will shape future health policies and patient care around the world.
 Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution of Empowerment

September 20-21, 2019 | Chicago, IL, USA

Barriers have existed for female physicians since the first woman was accepted into medical school. In 2016, nearly 46% of medical school graduates were women, yet female physicians remain underrepresented in leadership roles, both in and out of academia. The focus of this summit is to identify barriers women physicians face in the medical field and create action plans that can be executed at both the local and national level.

During the two-day summit, we will facilitate a consensus-driven agenda with breakout sessions and presentations by diverse women from various specialties and institutions to deliver evidence-based talks and present tools and solutions to be utilized in working towards fixing the system and closing the gender gap across all specialties in medicine. The summit will empower female faculty at various stages of their careers to develop skills and networks to facilitate success within their own specialties, as well as make positive changes within the healthcare system.

2019 Triangle Global Health Annual Conference

Abstract submissions are now open for the sixth annual Triangle Global Health Conference, Oct. 16, 2019, Durham, North Carolina.
Presenters can submit abstracts for each type of program session:
  1. Discussion Panels
  2. Workshops
  3. Storytelling
  4. Challenge Question
  5. Poster Presentations

Submissions for panel discussions, workshops, storytelling, and challenge question are due by July 15, 2019 at 5pm ET. 

Poster submissions are due by August 15, 2019 at 5pm ET.  

The 2019 conference theme is One Health: Creating Our Shared Future - Humans, Animals, and the Environment. The One Health concept is a worldwide approach to expanding interdisciplinary collaboration and communication on all aspects of health for humans, animals, and the environment. 

North Carolina brings a wealth of expertise and talent to implementing One Health across a spectrum of global health research, practice, policy and innovation. The full-day program will showcase examples of One Health in action, as well as opportunities to explore how the fields of environmental, animal, and human health converge across the Triangle region.  
Please Contribute to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Survey

The Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) are collaborating to strengthen our understanding of how human health, animal health, soil health and environmental health are linked in different universities. There are some successful activities and programs at universities and their affiliated colleges/schools to bring multiple disciplines together to improve the health of animals, plants, people, and the environment, locally, nationally, and globally, through education / teaching, research, and community service.

We would like to learn from your university the programs/efforts you have established to help meet current health challenges and their relationships to humans, soil and animal health, and the environment.
Please click the link to participate in the survey:
We hope that your university will participate in this survey; the information gathered will be used to develop programming specifically geared towards addressing the need to “feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also maintaining sustainable food systems that minimize damage to the planet.” 1
Please forward this to colleagues in your institution who you think may wish to participate. We thank you in advance for your support and participation in this important project.
For more information, please contact the Institute of Human Nutrition at .
McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health - Registration Closing Soon

June 10-21, 2019 | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The McGill Summer Institute short courses feature internationally known faculty, a focus on highly applicable new knowledge, and an opportunity to network with fellow global health professionals from around the world. Courses are between 2.5 and 5 days and are open to working professionals, researchers, and students. Join us in Montreal this summer!

2019 Summer Institute Courses:

More information can be found here:
Become An African Academy of Science Mentor

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) has set up a mentorship scheme to match early and mid-career scientists with experienced scientists and professionals who will guide and support them to thrive in their careers. 

The AAS is looking to build up a large database of potential mentors from across the globe. This is to meet a growing need of mentors in a continent where inadequate mentorship in higher education and research institutions means that most Africa-based early and mid-career postdoctoral scientists are less likely to receive support and guidance in grant writing, making career decisions, attaining a job, joining research networks, publishing, engaging the publics, among other essential career development needs. 

Mentors will gain new skills and competences, re-energise their careers, as well as gain recognition among their peers. They will also join the ever-expanding network of AAS-affiliated science leaders who drive the scientific excellence to transform lives on the African continent. Furthermore, mentorship will enable mentors learn first-hand of the challenges encountered by early and mid-career researchers in Africa. 
Further information about The AAS Mentorship scheme are outlined below: 
The invite for mentors is accessible   

Please contact   to register an interest to become a mentee or to enquire about the scheme. 
Position Now Open: Director, Center for Global Health, NIH - National Cancer Institute

Please view relevant information and application details for this opening:

Applications are due June 12, 2019.
BRAC University Launches Call For MPH Applications

The call for applications for the 2020 MPH program at BRAC University is now open.

Since its inception, more than three hundred students with diverse academic backgrounds in the social sciences and medicine, representing 24 countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South Americas, and Europe have graduated from JPGSPH.

Starting in 2005, our MPH students have had the opportunity to share intellectual insight and create an international network with visiting students from Harvard University and the University of Nagasaki. From 2010 to 2013, a cohort of George Washington University students had participated in the first semester and jointly studied with our MPH students.
Graduating students have moved on to work for their respective governments, national and international NGOs and with various donor and UN agencies. Additionally, universities and research organizations have also employed a large number of our MPH graduates.

International Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
National Application Deadline: July 31, 2019
Recently Announced STAR Fellowship & Internship Positions

STAR is hiring! Help us spread the word about open Fellowship positions in Indonesia & South Africa as well as Internship positions in Washington, DC. Check out the list of open positions  here  or  join the listserv  to be notified when new positions open.

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a five-year USAID-funded project of the Public Health Institute, implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and the University of California, San Francisco.
Are you planning your One Health Day Event for 2019?

Initiated in 2016 by the One Health Commission, the One Health Platform, and the One Health Initiative Team, International One Health Day is officially celebrated around the world every year on November 3. But your event can happen any time of the year so be sure to  register it  ( ) to get on the  One Health Day 2019 map  (  ). The goal of One Health Day is to build the cultural will necessary for a sea change in how animal, human and planet health challenges are holistically assessed and addressed. 
NIH Infrastructure Development Training Programs for Critical HIV Research at Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) PAR-19-285

Fogarty International Center (FIC)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Amount of funding:  application budgets are limited to $94,000 direct costs per year exclusive of consortium indirect costs. Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees, consortium costs in excess of $25,000, and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement. The maximum project period is 3 years.  

Eligibility:  An application may be submitted by a  foreign institution in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC)  or by a  domestic (U.S.) institution that  demonstrates active HIV research collaborations with the LMIC instituti on named in the application.

Purpose:  The overall goal of the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program (HIVRT) is to strengthen the scientific capacity of institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct HIV research on the evolving HIV epidemic in their countries.

This encourages collaborative applications from U.S. and LMIC institutions to develop training programs to achieve technical, administrative and financial management expertise required for one of several research infrastructure support functions considered critical to a successful high-quality research environment. These are:

a) research administration and management
b) research integrity oversight
c) ethical review of research for the protection of human subjects,
d) laboratory animal welfare oversight,
e) health sciences library and information services,
f) information and communications technology systems (ICT) for research,
g) biostatistics and data analysis,
h) technology transfer and intellectual property protection, and
i) any area not mentioned above that justifiably will contribute to enhancing Institutional services that can support research activities.

Application receipt dates:  August 20, 2019 , August 20, 2020, August 20, 2021
Request for Information: Seeking Feedback on Research Priorities from SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research (NOT-NS-19-060)

  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • John E. Fogarty International Center
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
  • National Institute of Nursing Research
Responses accepted through  July 30, 2019
Register for the Health Systems Summer Institute

Choose from 17 short-term courses during June 10-22, 2019: The Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a Health Systems Summer Institute. The Institute is a great opportunity for early- to mid-career public health professionals to expand their skill sets and improve job performance. Course options are available from one-day to two-week formats to suit a variety of different schedules.

Topics include health equity, policy advocacy, injury and trauma, gender analysis, designing transformative innovation, primary health care, health economics, humanitarian health, health systems strengthening, globalization and health, and more. Information on tuition and how to register can be found here .

Call for Proposals: Scale Up Innovations to Save Women and Newborns' Lives

The Global Financing Facility in partnership with Laerdal Global Health announced a call for proposals to support countries with high maternal and newborn mortality to scale up proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around and just after birth. This responds to increasing demand from countries to expand and sustain innovations that support their health and nutrition priorities by tackling critical bottlenecks to improved outcomes at scale.
Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) Scientific Meeting, October 29-31, 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

GFRA is a worldwide association of animal health research organizations that are involved in combating foot and mouth disease (FMD). Its aim is to build a global alliance of partners to generate and share knowledge - in a virtual FMD laboratory - to develop tools that can better combat the threat of disease. They invite you to 'save the date' and join them at this year's scientific meeting focused on "Advancing FMD Research by Bridging the Gaps with Novel Tools." 
For more information, see , or contact Wilna Vosloo at .
New Course: Drones in Global Public Health Online Certificate Program
The University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health in partnership with GLOBHE is excited to offer: 

Drones in Global Public Health Online Certificate Program

The only university-level certificate course of its kind, the Drones in Global Public Health Online Certificate Program explores how drones and AI are being used in global health for disease prevention and response, including some of the most common health logistics challenges. Offered online through the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health June 17 - July 13, the course is taught by Shubha Kumar, Ph.D., director of education and assistant professor, in collaboration with Helena Samsioe, CEO and founder of drone service company GLOBHE. The course is structured as an introduction to government agencies, non-government organizations, and companies interested in utilizing drones to improve their operations. Register by June 13, 2019 . Learn more at .
AMA Journal of Ethics: Call for Papers
February 2020: Global Burden of Cancer Inequality

In the 21 st  century, cancer is projected to be the single greatest disease killer in the world and 70% of this disease burden is concentrated in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Due to high costs of cancer treatment, governments in these countries will not be able to treat their way out of cancer, so prevention is critical. Thirty to fifty percent of cancers are preventable, but prioritizing prevention can be challenging in LMICs. Cancer prevention often lacks the social visibility and market appeal of treatments. Prevention is also held to a different standard than treatment: treatment’s benefits need only equal costs of care, but prevention is expected to produce a net positive return.

The February 2020 issue of the  AMA Journal of Ethics  explores the ethical complexities of cancer prevention as a global public health imperative. Areas of interest include overcoming language and cultural differences in communicating about cancer; tobacco policy, marketing, and control efforts, including e-cigarette use and youth vulnerability; vaccination and community screening efforts, with special consideration of trade-offs between cost-effectiveness and screening sensitivity; expanding cancer epidemiology and cancer registries and their roles in prevention; and ensuring prioritization of local needs in international cancer prevention partnerships.

Manuscripts submitted for peer review consideration and inclusion in this issue must follow  Instructions for Authors  and be  submitted  by May 31, 2019.
Featured Reading & Viewing:
Could Antibiotic-Resistant "Superbugs" Become a Bigger Killer Than Cancer?
Video | 60 Minutes
The Global Fund, Governance, and Accountability
Editorial by Eric Goosby | Annals of Global Health
Building New York State Centers of Excellence in Children's Environmental Health: A Replicable Model in a Time of Uncertainty
Article | American Journal of Public Health
On the way to Hepatitis C elimination in the Republic of Georgia—Barriers and facilitators for people who inject drugs for engaging in the treatment program: A formative qualitative study
Journal Article | PLOS One
World Bank's David Malpass talks 'decentralization' and private investment
 Article | Devex
Other Events:
Global Health Security 2019
June 18-20, 2019 | Sydney, Australia
IPEC Faculty Development Institute
May 22-24, 2019 | Washington DC, USA
5th AFREhealth Conference: Plotting an Actionable Path Forward for Collaborative Partnerships - Abstract submissions now open!
August 2019 | Lagos, Nigeria
Combatting Corruption and Promoting Equity in the Health Sector
July 10-11, 2019 | San Diego, CA, USA
Global Health Journals & Newsletters:
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