November 20, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

This bulletin contains a number of important issues that will be of great interest to your members, faculty and students. Please share it widely as it includes:
  • Information about the damaging effects the GOP's new tax bill will have on university funds for research, teaching, students, and the economy.
  • Program details for our annual global health conference, March 16-18, 2018 with exciting satellite sessions March 15 in New York City. Register now to receive the early bird rates:
  • A request to donate to CUGH's travel bursary for low and low middle income countries by December 31, 2018. Please help our LLMIC colleagues attend CUGH2018. Your contributions are tax deductible in the US.
  • Information to apply for the Velji Global Health Awards.
  • The list of the new members elected to CUGH's Board for 2018-2021. Thank you to all who were nominees.
  • An opportunity for junior faculty, students and prospective mentors to sign up for our Mentorship Listserv. We hope this platform will be a source of information where students and junior faculty can connect to prospective mentors.
  • Information about the Research Question page where the private sector, governments, academia and NGOs can post research questions. Students and others can apply to do this research and connect to potential employers.
  • And many more opportunities from CUGH and its members.

Please share this bulletin widely across your institution.

Best wishes,

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

CUGH News & Updates

Take Action: Proposed Tax Bill Poses Threat to US Universities & Students

The proposed tax bill contains provisions that will  devastate universities' finances and affect a student's ability to fund their education. It will particularly harm middle and low-income students who are least able to pay the high cost of tuition. Click the link below for information about the specific sections of the bill that will negatively affect universities, their employees, and students.

Please call and write to the local offices of your representative and senators about this issue. The number of individual complaints an office receives matter. Mobilize your colleagues and call these offices often.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Members of CUGH's BoD

Thank you to everyone who applied to become a CUGH board member. After a competitive election involving an extremely qualified applicant pool, we are happy to announce the results. These members will begin their terms on March 14, 2018. Thank you to everyone who put their name forward to be a nominee.

The new board members are:

NĂºria Casamitjana,  Barcelona Institute for Global Health
Hester Klopper,  University of Stellenbosch
Philip Landrigan,  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Charles Larson,  McGill University
Jonathan  Patz,  University of Wisconsin-Madison
Shadi Saleh,  American University of Beirut

We look forward to working with you.

Program Information for the 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference -- Health Disparities: A time for action

Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, students, implementers and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health and discuss how academia, NGOs, government and the private sector can address the global health challenges before us. The conference will take place March 16-18 with satellite sessions on March 15.

Register now and reserve your room at the New York Hilton Hotel-Midtown.

Please Donate to the LLMIC Travel Bursary

It is often prohibitive for faculty and students from low & low-middle income countries (LLMIC) to travel to the US. This prevents them from attending conferences and sharing their research. It is a structural inequality in global health, and we are trying to address it. CUGH has a LLMIC travel bursary we use 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.

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 helping us assist our colleagues from LLMICs to participate in our conference.

Recordings of Past Webinars are Available on our Website

CUGH held two informative webinars in November:  Considerations & Guidance When Sending Students Abroad and  Global Health & Business. If you missed them, recordings and presentation materials are available to all in the "Past Events" section of our website.

Happy Public Health Thank You Day

CUGH executive director, Dr. Keith Martin, writes about public health's vital role in disease prevention & detection for Research!America's Public Health Thank You Day blog series. This year,  Public Health Thank You Day  takes place on Monday, November 20.

Nominations Open for Four Velji Awards for Global Health Excellence

The Velji Family Foundation annually celebrates global health education, research and service by honoring individuals and projects that demonstrate committed, creative approaches to serving underserved populations. Awardees receive r ecognition at the 2018 CUGH Conference in New York, NY; r ecognition on the CUGH website; w aived conference registration; a r ecognition plaque; and  USD $750 to support ongoing global health activities. The four awards are:

Velji Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation - Student/Trainee 
This award honors a student or trainee who has created an innovative program or device with high potential for impact on the lives of people in low-income settings. 

Velji Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation - Faculty 
This award honors a faculty member who created an innovative project with high potential for impact on the lives of people in low-income settings. 

Velji Global Health Education Award 
This award honors a faculty member who worked collaboratively to improve access to education in a low- income setting. 

Velji Young African Leader Award 
This award honors an who is: under 35 years of age as of December 31, 2018, born in an African nation, and is currently attending/working in an institution in Africa. The winner has shown exceptional ability and commitment to improving the wellbeing of individuals in low income settings. This award is open to all.

Nomination deadline: November 30, 2017
Member Highlight
Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)
Barcelona Institute for Global Health's (ISGlobal) goal is to improve global health and to promote health equity through excellence in research and the translation and application of knowledge. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research into practice and through training programs.

ISGlobal offers  postgraduate programs in global health in collaboration with the University of Barcelona and the University Pompeu Fabra. These programs provide students with a balanced theoretical and hands-on training, including the option to participate in ongoing research activities led by ISGlobal researchers and its partners.  The Master of Global Health is designed for students and professionals seeking to develop a career in health, from a global and transdisciplinary perspective. The Master of Clinical Research: International Health Track provides the clinical research competencies necessary to undertake doctoral studies to students with undergraduate studies in health sciences or biomedicine.


Register to Receive The Lancet Global Health

Each monthly open access (subscription-free), online issue of The Lancet Global Health features original research, commentary, and correspondence, and our content is complemented by regular blog posts. Our focus is on disadvantaged populations, be they whole economic regions or marginalised groups within otherwise prosperous nations, with a preference for the following topics: reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health; infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases; non-communicable diseases; mental health; the global health workforce; health systems; surgery; and health policy.
ALNAP Needs Your Help to Inform the 2018 Edition of the SOHS Report 

Have you worked on the ground in a humanitarian response - be it with an NGO or with your government - since 2015? If so, then we want you to tell us how the system is performing. The more responses received from humanitarians on the ground and host governments, the more accurate the survey will be.

The new State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) survey is open until November 30. The SOHS takes stock of how the humanitarian system is performing. A new edition will be published in late 2018. 

PEER Program Now 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 ET

Apply to Become the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of McGill University's School of Population and Global Health
The Faculty of Medicine is looking for a visionary leader with a strong research profile in a field of study related to population and global health to lead the development of the newly created School of Population and Global Health. The Director will be part of the senior leadership team and will provide academic leadership within the Faculty of Medicine and the University, as well as lead strategic planning and fundraising for the School.

CSU Seeks Assistant Professor of Health and Human Services
California State University, Monterey Bay, seeks an outstanding teacher/scholar who is: knowledgeable about key factors related to health sciences and human services; passionate about her/his areas of expertise; dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, and committed to innovative approaches to curriculum development and delivery, including student-centered, flipped classroom, outcomes-based pedagogy; committed to collaboration, interdisciplinary education and interprofessional practice; an original and creative thinker; willing and able to contribute to program and departmental growth and administration; demonstrates cultural competency and is committed to serving a diverse population at a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Application deadline:  December 1, 2017 at 5 pm PT

Tufts Seeks One Health Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health
The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is seeking applicants for a two year One Health Post-Doctoral Research Associate position. The One Health Post-Doctoral Research Associate will join the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH), which has programs in wildlife and conservation medicine, infectious diseases, and Global health. A key component of all academic programs, both nonclinical and clinical, is the field of One Health, an interdisciplinary framework that incorporates human and animal medicine with environmental science to improve health outcomes.
This position will be based 60% of the year at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and the remaining 40 % at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Application deadline:  December 8, 2017

Apply to the QES-SAVE Program
The Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE), University of Toronto is accepting applications from doctoral and postdoctoral trainees to its 2018-19 QES-SAVE program. QES-SAVE is a research scholarship program designed to engage doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers in the work of strengthening health and mortality information systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to support innovative multi-disciplinary research on maternal and child health (MCH) in order to improve access to health services. In 2018-19, they are accepting applicants from Canada, India, Ethiopia, Mexico, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone.

Application deadline: December 15, 2017

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

Deadline for One Health Fellowship Applications Extended to 12/1/17

The Call for One Health Fellowship Applications is open to participants from all over the globe. One Health Fellows will receive financial support to cover the registration fee, accommodation for the duration of the conference, and travel (economy class). If you're interested in applying for the One Health Fellowships, check the eligibility and application guidelines, and download the application form from the congress website.

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
AUB Global Health Institute launches its GHI Academy

he American University of Beirut (AUB) Global Health Institute (AUB GHI), the first such freestanding institute in the Middle East and North Africa region, launched its GHI Academy on the 9th of November 2017. During the launching ceremony, Dr. Shadi Saleh, Founding Director of the AUB GHI, highlighted the strategic role envisioned for the GHI Academy as a smart learning hub for capacity building in global health. AUB's Executive Vice President Mohamad H. Sayegh emphasized on the importance of GHI as an integral component of AUB's new vision on health, HEALTH 2025. Her Excellency Emmanuelle Lamoureux, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon, described the current global health diplomacy challenges for Lebanon and the region during her keynote speech. The ceremony was concluded by signing a partnership agreement between the GHI Academy and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, set forth to generate relevant contextualized and 'arabized' e-learning opportunities, knowledge products, and tools that aid humanitarian learning delivery.

Apply for the Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship

Ben-Gurion University's Medical School for International Health is a four year, North American-style medical school that incorporates global health coursework into all four years of the medical school curriculum. 

The Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship will give one excellent student the chance to pursue their MD with a focus on global health tuition-free, for the four years of the MSIH M.D. program. Applicants will be evaluated for this merit based scholarship by a committee of world leaders in global health and medicine. Decisions will be based on the applicant's likely success in building a career at the intersection of medicine and global health.  Admission is open to exceptional individuals of all nationalities who wish to prepare themselves for careers in global health and population-based medicine. MSIH seeks outstanding students with the academic preparation, maturity, and commitment to master a rigorous medical school curriculum and to benefit from the demands and opportunities associated with graduate study within the diverse cultural environment of Israel.

To be considered for the BGGH Scholarship  , submit a completed admissions application by  January 8, 2018 .

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Attend Global Health NOW's Live Event, Adapt: The Climate Has Changed
November 30, 2017 | Washington, DC
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Attend the 2017 Global Health Landscape Symposium
December 8, 2017 | Washington, DC
December 12-13, 2017 | Washington, DC
Attend the One Health International Conference
December 14-15, 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand 
December 18, 2017 | Washington, DC
Attend the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)
January 29-February 3, 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand
Attend the 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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