October 19, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We have had a very active month at CUGH.

I am pleased to announce that after a very competitive election, in which over eighty people were nominated to join our board, six successful candidates were voted in by our institutional members. Congratulations to the successful candidates and much thanks to all the nominees who were willing to serve our organization. The new members are in the "CUGH News & Updates" section below. 
Our conference planning is proceeding very well for our next annual meeting March 16-18, 2018 in New York City with special satellite sessions that are not to be missed on March 15. Please see our conference website ( www.CUGH2018.org) to register (and enjoy the early bird discount rate) as well as to get up-to-date information about exciting speakers, issues and events we will be holding. New additions include: touch screen presentations for abstracts; a special education track; opportunities to hear from young scientists from LMICs and to collaborate with colleagues from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe; and chances to join some exciting new global advocacy initiatives.
Kudos to Drs. Michele Barry, and Roopa Dhatt for the outstanding symposium ( www.wlghconference.org) on advancing women's leadership in global health they held at Stanford, October 12. We will work with them and their teams to address this important challenge.
In the last month, we held a superb communications workshop with the Pulitzer Center and a number of very informative webinars that you can access on our website ( www.cugh.org).  Please take a look at them and share this bulletin widely.
Best wishes,

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

CUGH News & Updates

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Members of CUGH's Board of Directors

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. 

The new board members are:

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

We look forward to working with you.

Join CUGH in Washington, DC for a Global Health Happy Hour

Join us on Tuesday, October 24 starting at 5:30 pm ET for a happy hour. Meet other students and professionals who work or have an interest in global health. There will be a cash bar with snacks provided. Non-members of the consortium are welcome to attend.

Nage Bistro
(Inside the Marriott Hotel)
1600 Rhode Island Ave. NW
(at 16th Street NW)
Washington DC 20036

Educational Products Subcommittee: Call for New Members

The  Educational  Products Subcommittee is seeking new members. We are seeking global health educators from a variety of disciplines and institutions who are interested in selecting, reviewing, and promoting  educational materials in all forms. We purposely define  educational  products broadly to include curricula, case studies, courses and other training materials that can be used for students, trainees/post-graduates and the professional development of faculty and staff. We have a particular interest in identifying materials for our colleagues living in low- and middle-income countries.
To apply, please send your CV to Elizabeth Chapin at 

Deadline: end of day  October 22, 2017

Apply to join CUGH's Trainee Advisory Committee

The committee is composed of trainees from undergraduate and graduate levels in any discipline (medical and non-medical) who have an interest in global health. It works to bring the trainee voice and perspective to CUGH in order to advance CUGH's mission to improve the well being of people around the world through research, education, service and advocacy.  This is an excellent opportunity to advance issues important to students within CUGH. 

Application deadline: November 8, 2017 at 23:59 GMT

Join Us in NYC for our 9th Annual Conference (cugh2018.org)

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.

Deadline Extended: 5th Annual CUGH - Pulitzer Global Health Video Competition

Submit a short video to our 5th annual CUGH-Pulitzer video competition in one of two categories: global health advocacy and innovations in global health. Winners will be honored at our 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference, March 16-18, in New York, NY, and the videos will be shared worldwide.

CUGH membership is NOT required to participate; all are welcome to make a submission.

Video submission deadline: October 31, 2017 (extended from October 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. 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.

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Enter the Untold Global Health Stories of 2018 Contest

If you know of an important global health story that's been overlooked by the media and deserves special notice, we want to hear from you.  NPR's "Goats and Soda" blog, which covers global health and development, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are pleased to announce the 2018 Untold Stories of Global Health Contest. The contest is designed to give a platform to important but underreported global health stories. 

We invite you to nominate an issue you feel deserves urgent attention.

Deadline: November 10, 2017

Recordings of Past Webinars are Available on our Website

Were you caught in a meeting during the informative NIH Grant Writing Webinar led by Dr. Strickland? Missed Dr. Huish's excellent presentation about Global Health & Geography in the latest installment of the Faculty Development Webinar Series? Do not worry. Recordings and presentation materials are available to all in the "Past Events" section of our website.

This site is an easy-to-use free resource developed by the Johns Hopkins Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project in collaboration with CUGH. It is an easy to use site that aggregates many peer reviewed journals that deal primarily with global/international health and and have something of a broad international audience. It does not include journals that may only have a very occasional article on health nor journals that are primarily clinical or about basic science. It aims to exclude what are sometimes called "predatory" journals. The team behind it wants to be fairly inclusive and realizes that the decision as to what to include is somewhat arbitrary, but they hope you will find the resource useful. 

Apply for the Global Learning Grant 
NAFSA will award registration grants to a small number of faculty members, graduate students, and others in academic or administrative leadership roles to participate in the Global Learning Colloquium at the NAFSA Annual Conference. Grants will be awarded to individuals from diverse types of institutions. All interested individuals who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply. 

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

UC Davis Faculty Position Available in Climate Adaptation & Health
The University of California at Davis is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Climate Adaptation & Health. This position is being sought together with four other faculty positions in Civil Infrastructure, Weather Extremes, Plant Genomics, and Urban-Rural Interfaces to form a team to tackle the critical climate adaptation challenges of the next few decades and educate future researchers and practitioners in climate adaptation. The Climate Adaptation & Health position will be in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and we are seeing applicants interested in the epidemiology of climate change and impacts on animal and human health.  

Next review date: October 30, 2017

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

Watch & Share "The New Barbarianism" Documentary from CSIS
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.

Roger Thurow Explores a Transformative Initiative to End Early Childhood Malnutrition
New research on childhood hunger and stunting has shown that proper nutrition during a child's first 1000 days, beginning with his mother's pregnancy, can profoundly influence his ability to grow, learn, and work. In this book, award-winning journalist and anti-hunger advocate Roger Thurow takes us into the lives of families in Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Chicago to illuminate the science, economics, and politics of malnutrition, and chart the exciting progress and challenges of a new global awareness effort.

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.

Introducing the GeoHealth Journal

This is an open access journal that publishes original research, reviews, policy discussions, and commentaries that cover the growing science on the interface among the Earth, atmospheric, oceans and environmental sciences, ecology, and the agricultural and health sciences. The journal covers a wide variety of global and local issues including the impacts of climate change on human, agricultural, and ecosystem health, air and water pollution, environmental persistence of herbicides and pesticides, radiation and health, geomedicine, and the health effects of disasters. Many of these topics and others are of critical importance in the developing world and all require bringing together leading research across multiple disciplines.

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

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have 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.
DGHI Now Accepting Applications for its Masters of Science in GH

The Duke Global Health Institute is now accepting applications for its  Master of Science in Global Health  program.  Conferred by the Duke University Graduate School, the program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches, research methods, and a mentored, field-based research experience, typically completed over 1.5 to 2 years. Priority admissions deadline is January 31st ; March 1st  is the final deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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.

Featured Reading:
Private Sector Investment in Global Health R&D: Spending Levels, Barriers, and Opportunities
Report | The Brookings Institution
What You Do Want to Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems
Post | Dr. Sasha Kramer, SOIL Haiti
2017 State of Civil Society Report
Report | CIVICUS
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017
Report | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Global Health and the Future Role of the United States
Report | National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine
Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar: the Rohingya Crisis and Human Rights 
Article | Dr. Chris Beyrer
Solving the Global Anesthesia Crisis 
Video | Dr. Kelly McQueen

October 23-27, 2017 | Boston Children's Hospital | Boston, MA
Attend the AAMC Annual Meeting
November 3-7, 2017 | Boston, MA
November 7, 2017 | Montreal, Canada
November 11, 2017 | New York, NY
Attend the One Health International Conference
December 14-15, 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand 
Attend the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)
January 29-February 3, 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand
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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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