CUGH Global Health Bulletin
April 21, 2015
Letter from the Executive Director


Dear Colleague, 


Our 2015 Global Health Conference in Boston was our most successful one yet. More than 1625 people attended the event from over 50 nations. It was full of outstanding content, enlightening speakers, and engaged participants. It had a research focus and included a stellar plenary debate, more sessions devoted to students, networking opportunities, and a broad spectrum of concurrent sessions that addressed pressing global challenges. 


Much thanks goes to our speakers, presenters, Dr. Jerry Keusch (conference chair), the local organizing committee, reviewers, Karen Lam (CUGH's events manager), Meagan Adolfson )our assistant conference coordinator), the rest of CUGH's Secretariat, ISID, our sponsors and volunteers. We hope to build on this success for our 2 016 Conference, April 9-11th in San Francisco.  Please stay engaged using social media by tweeting @CUGHnews and the hashtag #CUGH2016 about how we can best serve you and what you would like to see added to the program in 2016. 


If you missed the meeting please see our website,, to view conference photos, PowerPoint presentations from speakers, video recordings of plenary sessions and other post-conference material. We hope to see you next year in San Francisco. 




Keith Martin MD

Executive Director, CUGH

In This Issue

6th Annual Global Health Conference
Mobilizing Research for Global Health
Sheraton Boston Hotel | Boston, MA
March 26-28, 2015 

Thank you for attending the 2015 CUGH Global Health Conference. This year was our most successful conference yet with over 1,600 attendees from a broad range of health disciplines and organizations. 

The new post-conference website has been launched, which includes bios of all the plenary speakers, presentation slides from plenary and breakout sessions, and resources for further learning about conference topics.  Videos of all tapped sessions will be added to the site over the next week including the video of the highly successful debate plenary. 

Also  available  on the post-conference website is information on how to get more involved with CUGH, social media information, conference photos and conference demographic information. All of this information will help the conversations started at the conference to continue throughout the year. Please visit our website,, for all post conference information. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

3. Global Health Job Prospects Survey

This survey seeks information from students, recent graduates and practitioners who are now, or soon will be seeking a job in the global health (GH) field. The information obtained can help describe job searching pathways and challenges. 

This survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time and will preserve respondent anonymity. The tabulated results will be presented to CUGH's membership along with other job search information. Thank you for your participation.
4.  Devex and CUGH - Discounted Membership Rate



CUGH has recently partnered with Devex, the leading platform connecting global development professionals and organizations through news, business and career opportunities. 


Learn more about how members of CUGH can join Devex as a University Member at a discounted rate HERE.

5. 2015 Untold Stories in Global Health Winner Announced 
Global Health Now and CUGH

Annie Liang and Simran Dhunna

After reviewing more than 170 entries for the 2015 Untold Global Health Stories Contest, Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health have selected the chronic inflammatory disease mycetoma as the Untold Story of 2015.

Caused by fungi or bacteria, mycetoma is a chronic, progressively destructive inflammatory disease usually of the foot but also of the extremities, back and gluteal region, according to WHO. It begins as a painless subcutaneous mass that slowly spreads, can cause disfigurement and ultimately destroy bone. Advanced infections may require amputation.

Treatment, WHO writes, "is unsatisfactory, has many side effects, expensive and not available in endemic areas." Despite its geographic reach and many adverse impacts on health, accurate data on its incidence and prevalence are not available. The media largely ignores this disease.

Annie Liang and Simran Dhunna, students from the University of Toronto, nominated mycetoma after a heart-rending experience at the 67th World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva last year...

6. UC Global Health Day 2015
University of California Global Health Institute;  UCLA
April 18, 2015 - UCLA

UC Global Health Day will take place on April 18, 2015 at UC Los Angeles. This event is a showcase for the research, training and outreach in global health being undertaken across the University of California. The goal of UC Global Health Day is to feature the rich diversity of global health work being done in different disciplines at all ten UC campuses. This event is an opportunity for UC students, fellows, faculty, staff and visiting scholars to share their current work in global health. It features plenary sessions, posters and concurrent breakout sessions covering a broad range of global health topics.

UC Global Health Institute invites UC students and trainees to submit applications for the global health video challenge and student plenary contest. Winners will receive complimentary registration to UC Global Health Day and student winners will receive funding to offset travel expenses. 
7. 2015 Call for APHA awards nominations
American Public Health Association 
Deadline: April 22, 2015

The American Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for its 2015 APHA awards program. Nominate a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication and contributions in the field of public health. Membership is not required for nomination to several of APHA's national awards. The awards will be presented at APHA's 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2015 in Chicago.

The deadline for nominations is April 22. Awards description criteria and nomination forms are available at For more information, contact or 202-777-2442.
8. Paper Series: Health Partnerships
Globalization and Health
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Globalization & Health is seeking papers that present health partnerships in a broad context, examine the role they play in addressing global deficiencies in the quantity, quality and accessibility of human resources for health, analyze their strengths and weaknesses rigorously, and make the case for policy-makers and leaders to investigate or invest in them. The series will be sponsored by the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET), which has been working with health partnerships for 25 years and has been at the forefront of efforts to facilitate the growth of this approach. Submit manuscripts online by April 30, 2015. 

9. Funding Opportunity: Grand Challenges Explorations Round 15
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Brief Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2015


This funding opportunity encourages innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Faculty with PI eligibility are welcome to apply. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics are available at and application instructions at
10. Funding Opportunity: Humanitarian Training Programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: June 5, 2015
CDC has a new funding opportunity announcement (CDC-RFA-GH-1624) for "Developing professional training programs to increase capacity for effective global health response to humanitarian emergencies".

This grant supports the implementation of programs and activities targeted at increasing the capacity of humanitarian partners to improve the health of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies and conflict settings. Its purpose is to increase the number of trained humanitarian professionals, through the development of didactic and experiential training programs in public health response. Projects should consider the development, implementation and evaluation of programs that are inexpensive, widely accessible, public health-focused, and innovative in their approaches to maximize their potential impact.
11. Funding Opportunity Highlights from NIH
National Institutes of Health

Research Partnerships for Going to Scale with Mental
Health Interventions in Low-and Middle-Income C ountries
National Institute of Mental Health
Teleconference date: May 8, 2015
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015

Global Infectious Disease Research Administration Development Award for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Letter of intent due 30 days prior to the application deadline.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015; July 15, 2016; July 14, 2017

International Research in Infectious Diseases including AIDS
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Remaining deadlines: May 22, 2015; May 20, 2016

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program (R03)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Remaining Standard R03 small grant deadlines: June 16, 2015 and Oct. 16, 2015; Feb. 16, 2016
Remaining Standard AIDS-related deadlines: May 7, 2015; Sept. 7, 2015; Jan. 7, 2016 and May 7, 2016
Expiration date: May 8, 2016

Global "Omics" Approaches Targeting Adverse Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes Utilizing Existing Cohorts (R01)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Remaining deadlines: October 7, 2015, October 7, 2016
12. Funding Opportunity: Longitude Prize 2014

Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a ?10 million prize fund to help solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance. It is being run by Nesta, supported by Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, as funding partner.

How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?

The development of antibiotics has added an average of 20 years to our life. Yet the rise of antimicrobial resistance is threatening to make them ineffective. This poses a significant future risk as common infections become untreatable. The challenge is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid, and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time.

Do you have an idea that could win?

Antibiotic Resistance is one of the biggest challenges facing us today. Bacteria are evolving to become resistant to the antibiotics we have successfully used for decades to treat infections. Longitude Prize is looking to help tackle the problem with a ?10 million prize fund for a diagnostic tool that can rule out antibiotic use or help identify an effective antibiotic to treat a patient. Register now and help to change the world.

13. ASTMH 64th Annual Meeting
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
October 25-29, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA


14. Americares - Medical Donations for Medical Outreach Trips

We Provide Resources!


Find resources to plan your medical outreach trip, build strong partnerships and measure your impact. Access training and translated patient education materials. Review best practice guidelines and ethical considerations. View extensive information from credible sources curated specifically for medical outreach.

15. Global Cancer Project Map
Global Oncology and the NCI Center for Global Health
Launched on March 25, 2015

Global Oncology (GO) and the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have developed a web-based tool that will aid in knowledge-sharing and networking between key stakeholders in international cancer research and control - the  Global Cancer Project Map (GCPM). The GCPM supports a cancer research and control project database, made visible to users through a world map display where projects are mapped by their GPS coordinates. The GCPM officially launched on March 25, 2015, at the Symposium on Global Cancer Research, sponsored by NCI, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

To access GCPM, please visit:

16. Report on Health and Biodiversity Demonstrates Human Health Benefits from Protecting Biodiversity
Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Health Organization

Connecting Global Priorities, Biodiversity and Human Health, Summary of the State of Knowledge Review was officially launched at the 14th World Congress for Public Health held on 13th February 2015, in Kolkata, India. 

Upon release of the full-length volume, the book will be the new flagship publication under the CBD joint work programme on biodiversity and health co-led with the World Health organization, in collaboration numerous international partners. It will be an important source of information to support the implementation of the emerging post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals of the the United Nations. 

The Executive Summary of the report is available online at: The full volume will be released in the weeks ahead and will be available at the above website.

17. Job Opportunity: Oncology Nursing Program in Rwanda
Human Resources for Health Program Rwanda

In 2012 the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, The Global Fund, PEPFAR, and President Bill Clinton launched a 7-year Human Resources for Health Program with 23 academic medical institutions in the United States.

Oncology nursing training is starting this year in Rwanda, in 2015. The program is looking for highly motivated oncology nurses who would be interested in a 6-month or 1-year faculty position with a US university to work in Rwanda full-time to launch the country's first ever Masters of Oncology degree for Rwandan nurses. This is going to be a formally accredited specialization, and you would have the opportunity to work closely with like-minded practitioners from Rwanda and the US.

You are invited to contact the Legal and Recruitment Analyst, Lydie Mukashyaka Ndoba ( with any questions, and you can find information on the program and apply directly at the link below.

Human Resources for Health Program Rwanda:
18. Arnhold Global Health Teaching Fellowship
Mount Sinai, Arnhold Global Health Institute



The Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai is currently recruiting for the Arnhold Global Health Teaching Fellowship. The application is now available, and is open to MDs graduating from any U.S. accredited residency training program. Please distribute to your trainees and other interested parties. Thank you.

The Arnhold Global Health Teaching Fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide physicians with the knowledge and skills to become professionals in global health. In particular, this fellowship has a unique focus on developing teaching strategies so that the fellow can help build healthcare capacity in settings with health worker shortages. Capitalizing on the resources of the Mount Sinai Masters of Public Health program and the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education, the fellows will develop the necessary clinical, teaching, research, and administrative skills to become effective global health teachers.

For more information, please click here


19. O'Neill Institute: Infectious Diseases and the Law Summer Program
Georgetown University
June 22-26, 2015

The Summer Program will bring together leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and academics in global health to explore the role and implications of law in the global response to infectious diseases. Interactive lectures, panels, and case studies will examine legal powers, duties, and constraints relevant to infectious diseases.

20. 2015 Quality Improvement Leadership Institute
Global Health Institute at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Institute Dates: August 24-September 2, 2015

The Global Health Institute at UW-Madison is excited to announce the 2015 Quality Improvement (QI) Leadership Institute! Last year the QI Leadership Institute was able cultivate a unique mix of participants from varied professional settings and backgrounds, creating a dynamic experience for all. Over 25 professionals and 25 students participated in the QI Leadership Institute, representing nine countries: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, Belize, Nicaragua, Brazil, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda! Additionally, we had 12 course instructors sharing their expertise and best practices in quality improvement, clinical medicine, pharmacy, public health, leadership development and health administration.

The 2015 QI Leadership Institute will be scheduled in the summer of 2015. If you are interested in attending or learning more about the program, contact Lori DiPrete Brown at or Jameela Ali at To apply, click here:

Registration deadline: June 30, 2015

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Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

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