December 20, 2017

Dear Friend,

As the year winds down, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and participation in CUGH. Without your engagement we would not be able to do our work to improve the lives of people around the world.

This has been a tumultuous year. Increasingly unstable political conditions in many parts of the world have had profound, negative impacts upon millions of lives. However, these events, rather than discouraging us, drive us onward to be ever more committed to addressing the global challenges we face. We are fortunate that our arena enables us to do this by mobilizing research, education, service and advocacy across academia, NGOs, governments and the private sector. We are acutely aware of the potential contained in this powerful mix of solutions and operational capabilities and look forward to working with our members to harness them to improve people's lives. We also look forward to continuing to strengthen our member's academic global health programs. 

This is also a moment to pause and thank our volunteer Board and our numerous committee members who do such fantastic work advancing and strengthening the field of global health. You have produced new platforms and products that will only enhance our multi-disciplinary field.

Lastly, I would like to thank my extremely hard-working team at the Secretariat: Dalal Najjar, Deputy Director; Karen Lam, Program Manager- Conference & Events; and Arisa Koyama, Administrative Assistant. Without their diligence and committed work we would not be able to offer the activities and benefits we do as an organization.

On behalf of all of us at CUGH I would like to wish you and yours a Joyous Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

CUGH News & Updates

Congratulations to the 2018 CUGH Global Health Award Winners

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health wishes to acknowledge the accomplishments and commitment of outstanding individuals who contribute to the advancement of global health worldwide. The selected individuals below will receive their award at the 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference in New York. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. 

CUGH Distinguished Leadership AwardMike Merson, Duke University
CUGH/Wasserheit Young Leader AwardFaith Nawagi, EUCLID University Global Health Institute
CUGH/Tom Hall/Nelson Sewankambo Mid-Career Leadership AwardHarriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, Columbia University

Congratulations to the 2018 CUGH-Pulitzer Global Health Video Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

Thank you to those who sent in a submission for our 5th annual CUGH-Pulitzer Video Competition. We received many outstanding videos highlighting a number of important advocacy & innovations addressing various global health issues. Please click on each title to view the winning videos.

Innovations in Global Health

Global Health Advocacy

REGISTER NOW- Lowest Early-Bird Rates End January 31, 2018.
Program Information for the 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference- Health Disparities: A time for action

Click here to see the dynamic program for CUGH 2018. The conference will take place March 16-18 with satellite sessions on March 15. Most satellite sessions are free but require registration. Click here for information about the satellites.

The last day of the early-bird rate is January 31, 2018. Register now and reserve your room at the New York Hilton Hotel-Midtown.

Please Donate to CUGH's LLMIC Travel Bursary

It is often prohibitive for faculty and students from low & low-middle income countries (LLMIC) to travel to the US and attend a scientific meeting. CUGH created a LLMIC travel bursary to provide travel support for faculty and students from LLMICs who have been invited to present at CUGH2018. Please support our colleagues so they can attend CUGH 2018 and donate to our bursary program. Donate here.

CUGH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible in the US. You will receive a tax receipt for your kind support. Thank you very much in advance for your assistance.

Advocacy & Public Education
CUGH Strongly Opposes the Muzzling of US Governmental Scientists

It was with shock that we heard allegations that the US administration was forbidding the CDC to use certain words. CUGH called on the US administration to not impose any communication restrictions on the US government's scientists. Please see our press release and the letter we sent to key congressional leaders from our Board Chair, Pierre Buekens and our Executive Director, Keith Martin.

CUGH Opposed the GOP Tax Bill

This bill had numerous parts that would hurt vulnerable Americans, students, and academia. We called on our members to pressure their congressional representatives to oppose this bill. Please see the advocacy letter we sent to our members and the public.

Member Highlight
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is Brooklyn's only academic medical center . Comprising Colleges of Medicine Health Related Professions , and Nursing, and  Schools of Graduate Studies , Public Health , and  University Hospital of Brooklyn, Downstate's mission is to provide outstanding medical and healthcare education; to advance knowledge through cutting edge research and translation into practice; to care for its globally diverse communities; and to embrace cultural diversity. The NIH/Fogarty funded New York State International Training and Research Program focuses on building HIV research capacity in the former Soviet Union, and has provided local and global leadership in responding to the HIV epidemic for over 2 decades. Downstate initiatives include global health electives and field experiences at the School of Public Health and an international fellowship through the Department of Emergency Medicine , which educates emergency physicians in emergency medicine systems abroad. The SUNY Global Health Institute (GHI) was established to integrate the existing array of educational and research programs in a system-wide institute, and includes the 4 SUNY health science campuses (Buffalo; Downstate; Stony Brook; Upstate), SUNY University at Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY College of Optometry, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.


Call for Proposals: Successful Collaboration Across Sectors for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Heatlh

PMNCH and Every Woman Every Child have launched a call for proposals looking for country-level inspiring examples of collaborations across sectors designed to improve women's, children's and adolescents' health, with particular emphasis on the EWEC priority themes (i) Early Childhood Development; ii) Adolescent Health and Well-Being; iii) Quality, Equity and Dignity in Services; iv) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; v) Empowerment of Women, Girls and Communities; and vi) Humanitarian and Fragile Settings.

 Twelve proposals from low-, middle-, and high-income countries will be selected for development as case studies that provide insight about what has worked and why in collaborating across sectors. The case studies will be widely profiled, promoted and disseminated through traditional and digital media channels, and included as a special issue of a leading global health journal to be launched at the Global Partners' Forum.

Deadline: December 22, 2017

Submit an Abstract for a Public Health Reports Supplement

You're invited to submit an abstract for an  academic innovations in public health special supplement in Public Health Reports that the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will publish in early 2019.  The topics that they are seeking to highlight in the journal follow:
  • Curricular innovations
  • Competency-based teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Practice-based teaching and learning, in particular innovative applied practice experiences (APE) and integrative learning experiences (ILE)
  • CEPH's Faculty Instructional Effectiveness Criterion E3
  • Learning technologies, such as online instruction, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing
Deadline: January 8, 2018 at 12 pm EST

PEER Program Accepting Proposals
The  PEER program  is accepting research proposals in specific focus areas. PEER-eligible countries are listed on the linked pages for each focus area, and applicants should review eligible country criteria carefully before applying. Applications are being accepted only for projects within the scope of one of the focus areas listed in the link below.

Pre-proposal deadline: January 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST

Apply for Rx One Health 2018

Applications are now being accepted for Rx One Health 2018. Travel to Tanzania for this intensive 4-week course aimed at early career health, agriculture, and conservation professionals who wish to gain knowledge and skills in the principles and practices of One Health. The Rx One Health course provides a unique hands-on experience to learn with a diversified group of global health professionals. You will discover new ways of approaching global health challenges impacting communities, their animals and the environments they share.

A maximum of 22 participants will be accepted for the program, so please apply early!  For a glimpse at Rx One Health in action WATCH:  Rx One Health - A Student's Perspective

Application deadline: January 30, 2018 at 5 pm PST

Summer Research Opportunity at the Washington University in St. Louis

The Inst itute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis will offer an eight-week summer research program in 2018 with opportunities for students to develop public or global health expertise and experience. The eight-week program is open to national and international students looking to gain experience in the fields of public and global health research (especially infectious diseases and pediatrics) currently enrolled at the time of participation in the program, or matriculating in fall 2018, as full-time college undergraduates, graduate students, or medical students at a U.S.-based university.  The program comes with a $4000 stipend.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

MRC/DFID African Research Leader Scheme 2018

The Medical Research Coucil and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

This MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner.  

Deadline: February 27, 2018 at 16:00 GMT
Women in Science, Medicine, and Global Health: Call for Papers

Building on the current momentum of the Women in Global Health movement,  The Lancet  has announced a  call for papers  for a special theme issue dedicated to women in science, medicine, and global health.  They call for papers reporting original research, analysis, and commentary to help create a set of transformative explanations and actions. 

Deadline: March 1, 2018
A Discussion on Global Health Issues in Medical Education
In a recent episode of the Academic Medicine podcast, editor-in-chief David Sklar, authors Esther Helmich and Quentin Eichbaum, and medical student Naomi Boyd discuss global health issues in medical education, including the social context of learning, competencies across cultures, and learning in the developing world. Listen to the discussion here or by searching for Academic Medicine in iTunes. This conversation complements the journal's New Conversations feature on global health education.

Funding Opportunity from NOAA

NOAA's Climate Program Office has published a call for proposals for FY 2018. The International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) is one of several programs holding a competition under this announcement. IRAP supports interdisciplinary science designed to link research and assessments to practical risk management challenges in regions where weather and climate affect U.S. interests at home and abroad. Given the increasing importance of understanding and predicting climate-sensitive health risks for ensuring the well-being of US interests at home and abroad, IRAP support is intended to help bridge the gap between scientific capacity and institutional ability to use sub-seasonal to seasonal climate information to predict and manage climate-sensitive health risks that threaten our health, livelihoods, international development strategies and security.

IRAP calls for interdisciplinary proposals under two themes: 1) decision support research and applications on climate-sensitive health risks in transboundary regions of the U.S., conducted in partnership with the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment Program; and 2) the development and use of subseasonal and seasonal global health risk maps, prediction tools and information to anticipate and manage climate-sensitive health risks. 

Further details about this funding opportunity, including due dates for Letters of Intent (LOI) and full proposals, anticipated funding levels, and eligibility requirements, are described in the full FFO and the IRAP Program Information Sheet.

Job Openings at Global Health Strategies

GHS is a a global health communications and advocacy consultancy with several open positions. Graduate students  with no or only limited outside experience are encouraged to apply to one of the associate positions. Undergraduate students graduating in the Spring are encouraged to apply to the one-year fellowship program focused on hands-on training and professional development.

About Global Health Strategies: GHS uses advocacy, communications and policy analysis to advance issues and power campaigns that improve health and wellbeing around the world. We work across some of the world's most dynamic regions to enable policy innovations, mobilize resources and build political will, engaging global and local audiences to drive change. Our issue expertise includes a wide variety of health and development challenges, ranging from research and development to climate change to family planning services. We have offices in the US, Brazil, India, China, Africa and Europe, and our client base includes philanthropies, industry, multinational organizations, NGOs and governments. 

At the heart of our work is the vision of a world where everyone, no matter where they live, has the chance to live a healthy life. We are helping to achieve this goal by working with clients to promote research and development for urgently needed medicines, advocate for services on behalf of at-risk populations, and strengthen the most vulnerable health systems so that they can stand resilient in the face of modern threats.

Free Film Screening Opportunity - Minutes to Die - Snakebite
In the developing world, a widespread public health emergency has received little attention. CUGH members are invited to engage in a new social impact campaign through the documentary  Minutes to Die, which takes viewers to the homes and hospital beds of snakebite victims, to meetings of public health officials from the WHO, to labs where scientists are working to manufacture antivenom and develop additional antidotes, including CUGH member the University of California, San Francisco. Snakebite envenoming kills about as many people in one month  as the entire Ebola crisis did  in two years ; and the goal of the campaign is to give a voice to these voiceless victims. 

As part of the campaign,  Minutes to Die  will be made available free to student organizations. CUGH members interested in screening the film on their home campus should email .

Watch the Student Made Documentary, Healthcare Disparities of Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis 
The Global Health Student Advisory Committee of the Washington University in St. Louis produced a documentary highlighting challenges that immigrants, refugees, and providers face from a clinical point of view. The film also includes successful initiatives that are currently being implemented to address these issues. 

Free Research Training Opportunity from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has developed a four-part online module series entitled Academic Skills Building through Global Health to increase trainee confidence in research skills and preparedness to pursue scholarly projects abroad.

 If interested in participating in this free educational research study, you will be asked to view a series of online educational modules and to complete online surveys related to these modules. Contact Jason Blackard at to receive your study ID and to access the website that contains the online modules and surveys. Each module will take ~30-60 minutes to complete with surveys requiring ~10 minutes to complete. 
Informed consent documentation is reviewed online as part of the first module.
If you have any questions or concerns about this research study, you should contact Jason Blackard at  513-558-4389 (office) or
Featured Reading:
Perspectives on Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health
NAM Special Publication | National Academy of Medicine
Negelected Diesease Research and Development: Reflecting on a Decade of Global Investment
Report | Policy Cures Research
WMA Statement on Ethical Considerations in Global Medical Electives
Statement | World Medical Association
For the Sake of All Report
Report | For the Sake of All
A New Era of Impact in Global Health
January 26, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)
January 29-February 3, 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand
2018 ASPPH Annual Meeting
March 7-8, 2018 | Arlington, VA
UC Global Health Day
April 22, 2018 | La Jolla, CA
AFREhealth's Second Annual Symposium
August 6-8, 2018 | Durban, South Africa
2018 UN High-Level Meeting on TB
September 2018 | New York City, NY
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The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)  builds  interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitates the sharing of knowledge to address global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service. It is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities everywhere. CUGH promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions' capabilities to address these challenges. It is committed to translating knowledge into action.


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