January 10, 2018

Dear Colleague,

Happy New Year! 

CUGH is very excited about the opportunities that 2018 will offer. All of us in the global health community will have an increasingly important role in addressing the challenges we face to improve the health of people and the planet. We look forward to continuing to work with you and our community to do so across research, education, service and advocacy.

Please note that we are running an important and practical training workshop with SustainAbility Solutions on February 28 to March 1 in Washington, DC about strategies for winning and managing US  government projects with non-US partners and managing overseas collaborations. This will be very useful to anyone managing US government funded and overseas projects. For more information, please see our event page or register here.

Our annual conference, March 16-18 in New York City, on Health Disparities- a time for action, is rapidly approaching. We have a stellar line up of speakers and events as you can see at www.cugh2018.org.  Early, lowest cost registration ends on January 31 so please take advantage of this and register soon. Also attend our very exciting satellite sessions on March 15.  Most are free to attend and include sessions on global cancer, global surgery, nursing in Africa, African Forum on Research and Education, building healthy cities, a student led session on disparities, an academic writing workshop led by the Lancet Global Health's editor, Zoe Mullan, and more. Space is limited for the satellite sessions so register online early at www.CUGH2018.org/satellites.

We would be most grateful if you could circulate this flyer widely so that faculty, administrators, and  students across medical and nonmedical disciplines are able to participate in these events.

We look forward to seeing you in NYC or in Washington, DC.

Best wishes,

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

CUGH News & Updates

Register for our Spring Workshop: Strategies for Winning and Managing U.S. Government Projects with non-U.S. Partners - Managing an Overseas Collaboration

Brought to you by CUGH & SustainAbility Solutions, this two-day workshop on February 28 - March 1 focuses on some the most challenging aspects of winning and managing projects funded by Agencies of the US Government, with an emphasis on overseas execution.

The discussions and exercises will be led by two experts with more than 70 years of combined experience in winning, successfully managing, and auditing US Government development projects domestically and overseas.

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 pricing is January 31, 2018. Register now and reserve your room at the New York Hilton Hotel-Midtown at our group rate.

CUGH 2017 Annual Report Now Available

This report is a summary of our activities throughout 2017. We encourage you to give us feedback on how we can be more effective in the global health arena and to you and your institution. We hope it encourages new institutions, organizations and individuals to become engaged with the Consortium. Only by working together, across a broad range of medical and non-medical disciplines and with academia, civil society, international organizations, the private sector and governments, will we be able to tackle the complex challenges before us .

Please Donate and Support 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 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.


UGHE Seeks Founding Dean of the School of Medicine
The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) invites applications and nominations for Founding Dean of the School of Medicine based in Rwanda. Launched in 2015, UGHE is an initiative of the international non-profit Partners In Health, which has developed a model of delivering high-quality health care to some of the world's most marginalized communities over the past three decades.

The School of Medicine, to be launched in 2019, is the first of several planned UGHE interprofessional health care training programs to include nursing, midwifery, and dentistry, among others. The aim is to provide integrated health sciences education, affect social equity, and prepare diverse clinician-leaders to bring innovative health care delivery to Rwanda, sub-Saharan Africa, and other resourced-constrained regions of the world.

Learn About the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

In late 2017, PHI launched the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, a CDC-funded fellowship that supports promising emerging global public health professionals to develop technical skills needed to respond to today's public health needs and challenges. PHI/CDC Global Health Fellows serve in yearlong, paid stipend placements in CDC headquarters in Atlanta or CDC offices overseas. Current fellows serve in over 15 countries, including South Africa, Haiti, and China.
This week, the program's new website  www.phi-cdcfellows.org  went live With an inviting and easy-to-navigate format, the website is the best place to find up-to-date information on the program and upcoming fellowship opportunities. Visit today to find answers to all your questions regarding the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, sign up  here  for their email news or find them on  Twitter  and  LinkedIn .

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

Apply to the Global Health Delivery Intensive Program 

The Global Health Delivery Intensive (GHDI) is a non-degree program offered at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, from July 5-27, 2018. Applications are now open. We encourage you to apply early! 

A rigorous summer program that trains public health leaders and health practitioners through a curriculum of epidemiology, management science and global health delivery case studies, GHDI enables participants to effectively design and manage programs that improve health outcomes for the populations they serve. Since its inception in 2009, GHDI has trained over 350 health care professionals from 60+ countries. GHDI provides training in partnership with Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham & Women's Hospital. 

Preferred deadline: February 1, 2018 
Deadline: March 1, 2018
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
Participate in MIRCIM's 2018 Best Case Report Contest

Internists up to 35 years of age representing national societies of internal medicine or other institutions who are the official partners of the 4th McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine (MIRCIM) are invited to participate in the contest. Each partner can endorse up to two case reports for the contest. Only original case reports previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere endorsed by a MIRCIM partner may be submitted.

Deadline: March 1, 2018
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
Call for Abstracts for The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2018 Conference

The organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the subtheme you are submitting to.  Any contribution reflecting progress or containing new ideas will be considered. The submitted abstract can contain: report of research undertaken; description of a new partnership; new program, course or curriculum that maybe instructive for other participants; and innovative solution to an old problem.

Deadline:  March 12, 2018
Call for Abstracts for Special Issue of Qualitative Health Research: Using Innovative Qualitative Methods alongside Trials of Complex Health Interventions

There is an urgent need for innovation in the use of qualitative methods alongside randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of health interventions. Less than 13% of RCTs use qualitative methods and when they are used, qualitative methods are often restricted to interviews and focus group discussions at the end of interventions limiting the insights they generate. This special issue aims to bring together studies from RCTs that draw on the rich history of using qualitative health methods in public health, including (but not limited to) life histories, photo voice, ethno-drama, participatory techniques, digital storytelling, digital ethnography, and the analysis of video or images. We welcome articles focusing on either how innovative qualitative methodologies were used alongside an RCT of a specific intervention, or methodological papers that discuss innovative methods in relation to RCTs of complex health interventions more broadly. Articles should clearly articulate why they are innovative and the potential for generating new findings or insights for interventions that cannot be gained through interviews with participants or focus group discussions alone.

Deadline:  March 30, 2018
Apply to the Growth and Development Fellowship
The Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children is recruiting post-doctoral research fellows in the area of fetal, childhood and adolescent growth and development (including stunting) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or other vulnerable populations.

Successful applicants will take a lead role in the design and execution of quantitative research studies on topics related to the causes or consequences of linear growth faltering (or stunting) and impaired cognitive or social development of fetuses, children and/or adolescents in LMICs or other vulnerable populations. Fellowships will be full-time, and based at the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and Centre for Global Child Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Centre for Global Child Health will provide competitive salary support for the entire duration of the 1 to 3-year appointment. 

Applicants should have: 1) a doctoral graduate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, nutritional sciences, or related quantitative discipline; AND, 2) demonstrated exemplary recent scholarship (i.e., first author publications, conference presentations, and/or successful grant applications) within one or more of the following areas of focus: epidemiology, biostatistics, human nutrition or reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health, or related disciplines. Experience curating and collating big datasets would be considered a major asset.
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  jake@prosocialconsulting.com .

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  jason.blackard@uc.edu 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  jason.blackard@uc.edu.
Featured Viewing:
New Barbarianism
Documentary | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Healthcare and humanitarian workers are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in today's wars. So far, there has been little to stop the profound surge of violence seen across several open-ended conflicts which has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed health systems, triggered mass displacement and state collapse, and exposed the crisis facing the norms of international humanitarian law contained in the Geneva Conventions. 

The New Barbarianism is a CSIS Global Health Policy Center original feature documentary (58 minutes) that examines the crisis, its causes, the limited international response and possible ways forward through dozens of interviews and original footage obtained from inside Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. It builds on several years of prior GHPC work on the intersection of health and security, the role of militaries, and the human tragedies seen in Syria and Yemen.

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 7-9, 2018 | Arlington, VA
UC Global Health Day
April 22, 2018 | La Jolla, CA
May 10-12, 2018 | Kraków, Poland
AFREhealth's Second Annual Symposium
August 6-8, 2018 | Durban, South Africa
The Network: Towards Unity For Health Conference on Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sectoral Approach
August 16-20, 2018 | Limerick, Ireland
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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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