Fogarty Air Pollution Training Grant

Mission

Since the 1980s, China has undergone unprecedented economic growth after the Chinese government embarked upon the historic drive of reform and modernization.This extraordinary rapid economic development has also brought severe environmental deterioration due to high resource-consumption and pollution. China now has the world’s top most polluted cities. Realizing that nationwide environmental deterioration could jeopardize economic development, the Chinese government called for environmental protection and preservation. In spite of these efforts, China faces many challenges in confronting the crucial environmental health issues resulting from its vast primary energy consumption required to power its rapid economic growth. One of the major shortcomings for environmental health and pollution control in China is the lack of trained personnel in areas of environmental health sciences. The primary goal of this training program is to build a center of excellence in research and teaching in environmental health sciences within China’s national Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Product Safety (IEHS). The training program will train scientists urgently needed in the IEHS to develop appropriate strategies to better understand and more effectively respond to the emerging threat from environmental pollution and deterioration China faces today; and 2) build an infrastructure that will allow IEHS to function as a national center for teaching and research in environmental health sciences.

Training Programs

Three training programs will be conducted at Yale University, long-term, intermediate, and short-term. Each program is designed to address different needs of IEHS scientists.

LONG-TERM TRAINING

The primary goal of this training program is to provide trainees with fundamental knowledge for research in major areas of environmental health sciences and related disciplines, through a one-year residency at Yale University involving education and mentoring. The long-term training will prepare the trainees for careers as productive and independent researchers in areas of environmental health sciences. The long-term trainees will take two semesters of courses at Yale University.

In addition to the coursework, trainees will be provided with the opportunity to join the research programs undertaken at Yale University. To prepare their future research careers after their return to China, each trainee will be strongly encouraged to prepare an extramural research grant application in an area of the trainee’s interest during the training period at Yale. The program allocates time for the trainee to prepare grants, and Yale faculty will assist in this process.

INTERMEDIATE TERM TRAINING

Intermediate term training is for scientists of major research projects from IEHS. Scientists from planned or ongoing IEHS projects are eligible to participate in intermediate term training. This training will be implemented at Yale University. The nature of the training will be designed to meet the trainee’s specific needs for the relevant research program.

SHORT-TERM TRAINING

The short-term training consists of workshops to be held in China to train a large number of scientists in the selected six major areas of public health, and short individual training at Yale University as needed for individual scientists and research projects conducted by IEHS faculty in China. Short-term training will provide trainees with essential knowledge in specific areas, and the trainings will be conducted at either the IEHS or Yale.

Program Faculty

The training program is led by Principal Investigator (Dr. Tongzhang Zheng) and Major Foreign Collaborator (Professor Jin Yinlong). The Steering Committee of the training program will provide overall direction to the proposed training activities. The Principal Investigator of the training program will chair the Steering Committee. Its membership consists of 13 scientists from both YSPH and the IEHS in China in a broad array of environmental health science disciplines.