Fogarty International Center Grants at YSPH

The NIH's John Fogarty International Center sponsors research training grants that provide funding to train researchers, building sustainable expertise in low-and middle-income countries. Over the life of these grants, over 200 public health professionals and researchers have received mentorship and training from Yale’s world class faculty. YSPH currently administers 11 Fogarty International Center research training grants. Five others at Yale are held by Medical School researchers.

Project Title

Principal Investigator

Country (City)

Primary Collaborating Institution

1. Tsetse Transmitted African Trypanosomiasis

Aksoy, Serap

Kenya (Kikuyu)
August 2008 - March 2013

Trypanosomiasis Research Center

2. Evidence Based Control Strategies of Sleeping Sickness Vectors

Aksoy, Serap

Kenya (Kikuyu)

July 2010 - June 2013
Trypanosomiasis Research Center

3. Training and Research in HIV Prevention in Russia

Heimer, Robert

Russia (St. Petersburg)

September 1998 - May 2016

Biomedical Center and St. Petersburg State University.

Regional Non-Governmental Organization of Social Projects in the Sphere of Population’s Wellbeing (STELLIT)

4. Framework Program for Global Health at Yale University

Dubrow, Robert

United States (New Haven – Yale)
May 2009 - April 2012

5. Multidisciplinary HIV and TB Implementation Sciences Training in China

Wu, Zunyou

Khoshnood, Kaveh

(P.I. of the Yale subcontract)

China (Beijing)

July 2004 - March 2014

National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control

6. Emerging Infectious Diseases and Urbanization

Ko, Albert

Brazil (Salvador)

September 1997 - March 2012
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazilian Ministry of Health

7. Global Health Equity Scholars Program at Yale University

Ko, Albert    

Yale Sites: Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine

Affiliated Sites: Bangladesh, China, India,Kenya, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe

April 2012-February 2017

8. Vector/Host-Parasite Interface of Leishmaniasis in Colombia

McMahon-Pratt, Diane

Colombia(Cali)

Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas

9. Vector/Host-Parasite Interface of Leishmaniasis in Colombia

McMahon-Pratt, Diane

Colombia (Cali)

(Supplement)
Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas

10. Research Training for Study of Air Pollution Control in China

Zheng, Tongzhang

China (Beijing)

May 2007 - January 2012
Chinese National Institute of Environmental Health and Related Product Safety (IEHS),

Chinese Center for Disease Control

11. Research Training for Cancer Epidemiology & Biostatistics in China

Zheng, Tongzhang
Program website

China (Beijing)

August 2009 - July 2014
Cancer Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CI-CAMS)

12. Research Ethics Training and Curriculum Development Program with ChinaKhoshnood, KavehChina (Changsha)
July 2011 - May 2016
South Central University, Xiangya School of Medicine

1. Aksoy, Serap
Tsetse Transmitted African Trypanosomiasis
Tsetse transmitted Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) has re-emerged and poses a major public health crises in Sub Sahara. There are no vaccines and efficacious drugs for control of parasite infections in the mammalian host. In contrast, control of the vector insect tsetse populations can effectively break the disease cycle. Extensive resources have been generated in the developed country laboratories with respect to tsetse genomics/genetics that can immediately improve the existing vector control tools, while promising the development of future strategies. The ability of products resulting from high-tech research to reach field implementation stages requires the presence of endemic country scientists who are. well-informed in the full potential of the developed technologies, who can evaluate the pros and cons of these solutions, and who can present these perspectives to the general public and to the involved government agencies. In this training program, Yale University scientists are working with the Trypanosomiasis Research Center (TRC) in Kenya to strengthen the biomedical capacity and to acquire and implement the recent advances in applied vector genomics, genetics and bioinformatics to enhance the existing Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) control/management tools. TRC has been identified by a World Health Organization competitive initiative as the lead organization in Africa to coordinate the continent-wide capacity strengthening activities for HAT. A regional network (Eastern African Network of Trypanosomiasis, EANETT) consisting of the lead institutions with governmental mandates to work on HAT in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Malawi has already made considerable progress in building south-south initiatives. The specific objectives of this program are to: 1) Develop expertise at TRC and their associates to address mechanisms of parasite transmission biology, genetics of vector competence, population biology, and bioinformatics. 2) Strengthen collaborations with the laboratories in the endemic countries in Africa to enable transfer of new technologies and tools relevant for HAT control and promote their integration into the on-going disease control programs. 3) Develop training modules (seminars, workshops and mentored research activities) to increase research capacity for HAT in Africa with a specific focus on vector biology. 

2. Aksoy, Serap
Evidence Based Control Strategies of Sleeping Sickness Vectors
This Fogarty International Research Collaboration award (FIRCA) proposal is on tsetse fly population genetics in order to support the ongoing Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) control activities in East Africa. The parent grant (NIAID R01Al068932, 01/01/2008 to 12/31/2012) addresses the molecular and ecological aspects of the two HAT disease belts (gambiense and rhodesiense) in Uganda with a focus on population and evolutionary genetics of tsetse flies and their parasites and endosymbionts. The co- investigator of this FIRCA, Dr. Johnson Ouma, is an experienced tsetse population geneticist who is now the head of tsetse genomic research and Deputy Director of the national Trypanosomiasis Research Center (TRC) in Kenya. Kenya is at risk of HAT outbreaks due to ongoing epidemics in neighboring Uganda and increased movement of people and cattle (known reservoirs for Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense). Earlier tsetse control efforts in the Lake Victoria basin and in the southern Rift Valley were unsustainable and these regions rapidly became repopulated. It is unknown if the extant G. pallidipes vector populations in Lambwe originated through reinvasion from neighboring populations, or through incomplete elimination of local populations that existed below thresholds of detection. Efforts are underway once again to eliminate G. pallidipes from Lambwe valley and surrounding areas. This project has three aims to: 1) estimate rates of gene flow and degrees of genetic differentiation among G. pallidipes populations around the Lake Victoria basin and in southern Rift Valley, 2) estimate local levels of temporal genetic differentiation and dynamics of G. pallidipes populations from the Lambwe and Nguruman valleys and 3) understand the circulating trypanosome parasite diversity isolated from flies/humans and known reservoir animals in the Lambwe valley. Results will help understand the breeding pattern of G. pallidipes populations in East Africa, and thus identify populations that can serve as potential sources of immigrants into Nguruman and Lambwe. This knowledge is important to the ongoing and planned tsetse control programs and can help develop methods for inclusion or exclusion of adjacent populations to the target population during vector suppression efforts. Knowledge on parasite strains in circulation will also help better understand disease risk and epidemiology.


3. Heimer, Robert
Training and Research in HIV Prevention in Russia

During the past decade we have concentrated our efforts in St. Petersburg, Russia  training young behavioral and medical scientists to participate in  interdisciplinary HIV epidemiological, behavioral, and prevention research. Our most successful trainees - those who have made significant contributions to past and ongoing research collaborations - have been university-affiliated junior faculty members who conduct their research in either non-governmental  organizations, research institutes, or branches of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Building on these successes, we will continue to provide  interdisciplinary mentored research training to build cadres of research competence at these institutions and simultaneously develop the necessary  interdisciplinary collaborations to succeed in building research teams to conduct epidemiological, behavioral, and prevention research in St. Petersburg and more broadly in the Russian Federation. We have identified five focus areas for research training: primary prevention for high-risk populations, secondary HIV prevention for HIV positives, health services research, nursing research, and translational research. Our program is allowing United States scientists to build partnerships with their counterparts in St. Petersburg to train young and emerging scientists to conduct meaningful research in primar and secondary HIV  prevention, nursing research and health services and translational research. Our trainees are well-trained, motivated, and successful researchers who possess the interdisciplinary competencies to succeed as research scientists and make productive contributions in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in  Russia, which remains one of the fastest growing in the world. 


4. Dubrow, Robert
Framework Program for Global Health at Yale University
DESCRIPTION: In line with Yale University's strategic goal of becoming a Global University, Yale proposes a Global Health Framework Program to help mobilize the full intellectual resources of the University to address the world's pressing Global Health problems and to coordinate these activities under a single, cross-University umbrella. Initially, Yale's Global Health Framework Program will be a partnership among Yale's MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies; Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Law; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Faculty of Engineering; Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity; World Fellow's Program; and Yale College. In the long-term, as the Framework Program becomes established, additional Schools, Centers, and Programs will be incorporated. The proposal has a strategic focus on involving non-health sciences faculty in GH activities. The specific aims of the proposal are as follows: 1) to establish a new multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate of Concentration in Global Health at Yale's MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies that would be open to graduate and professional students at Yale; 2) to provide academic support and structure for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who undertake Global Health research experiences in low- and middle-income countries; 3) to facilitate new Global Health research collaborations among Yale faculty and low- and middle-income country investigators through research development awards, seminars, and working groups; and 4) to establish a Global Health Framework Program administrative and operational structure within the University to coordinate and advance Global Health education, training, and research. Specific activities will include development of new multidisciplinary graduate-level courses for the Global Health Certificate, with an emphasis on courses taught by non-health sciences faculty; a new Developing a Global Health Research Protocol course for students planning to embark upon Global Health research; development of long-term international partnerships that will involve students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in Global Health research; research development grants that will provide seed funds for faculty travel to low- and middle-income countries to establish new research collaborations and to plan new research projects; a Global Health seminar series focused on the themes of Global Health Governance, Global Infectious Diseases, Food, Nutrition, and Global Health, and Law and Global Health; Global Health Research Working Groups, initially focused on Global Health Systems and Governance and Food, Nutrition, and Global Health; compilation of databases of Global Health research projects at Yale, of faculty and students involved in Global Health research, and of funding opportunities for Global Health research; a Yale Global Health website, and an electronic newsletter. In these ways, Yale's Global Health Framework Program, which will be led by a faculty Steering Committee, will foster the coordinated development of multidisciplinary Global Health research and education at Yale. Project Narrative The world faces a wide array of Global Health challenges, including the HIV pandemic, the threat of an influenza pandemic, the resurgence of tuberculosis and malaria, continued malnutrition in low-income countries, and the spread of cigarette smoking and obesity around the world. Universities have an important role to play in addressing these challenges. Yale proposes a Global Health Framework Program to help mobilize the full intellectual resources of the University to address the worlds' pressing Global Health problems and to coordinate these activities under a single, cross-University umbrella.


5. Khoshnood, Kaveh
Multidisciplinary HIV and TB Implementation Sciences Training in China
The goals of the Multidisciplinary HIV and TB Implementation Sciences Training in China (China ICOHRTA2) are to build on the existing China ICOHRTA to further strengthen the capacity of the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CCDC) to conduct training in implementation science and to facilitate its establishment as a regional leader in research and training for HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment. The RTU administering China ICOHRTA comprises CCDC, UCLA and Yale University. China ICOHRTA2 will achieve these goals by designing and implementing a training program to close critical gaps in research and implementation sciences skills and knowledge, and achieve maximum long-term impact through further developing and expanding a cadre of highly trained research scientists. China ICOHRTA2 will have degree and non-degree components of varying duration available to different types of HIV and TB scientists and health professionals. Degree-related training is available to Ph.D., M.S. and M.P.H. candidates in health sciences. Non-degree training is available to senior staff and post-doctoral candidates from national level HIV and TB programs and includes; (1) senior staff training, (2) post-doctoral studies, (3) mentored studies and (4) workshops. In addition mentored studies and workshops are open to degree candidates and all Chinese HIV and TB health professionals via competitive selection. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Program requirements include (but are not restricted to) coursework, an internship at a national HIV or TB program, a research project over the course of 36 months and participation in various workshops. Senior staff trainees, post-doctoral candidates and eligible Ph.D. students will carry out coursework at the CCDC and UCLA or Yale, and M.S. and M.P.H. students will study only at CCDC. 13 degree candidates and 44 medium to long-term non-degree trainees have successfully completed the first China ICOHRTA program, and 442 people have attended workshops. China ICOHRTA trainees have published 95 peer-reviewed articles, 7 textbooks and updated curriculum at 7 institutions of higher learning.

6. Ko, Albert
Emerging Infectious Diseases and Urbanization
The Division of International Medicine and Infectious Disease, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Cornell) has had a joint training and research program on endemic tropical diseases with Brazilian institutions in the city of Salvador since the 1964. More recently, the investigations of Cornell and its Brazilian collaborators have brought to attention infectious diseases, such as epidemic leptospirosis, which have emerged in the urban setting due to rapid urbanization and increasing social inequality. Through the Fogarty-sponsored International Training in Emerging Infectious Diseases (ITREID) Program, we have been established at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazilian Ministry of Health in Salvador: 1) a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, clinicians, microbiologists and basic researchers, 2) on-going population-based surveillance for leptospirosis and bacterial meningitis; 2) a diagnostic laboratory that is now the national reference center for leptospirosis surveillance; 3) a molecular strain typing center, and 4) field sites to perform community-based longitudinal studies designed to identify determinants of transmission for leptospirosis and the etiologic pathogens for bacterial meningitis. Moreover, ITREID projects have convinced the Brazilian government to prioritize emerging infectious diseases such as leptospirosis, and in turn have led to national projects to sequence the Leptospira genome and develop a vaccine against leptospirosis. The infrastructure created at Fiocruz since 1996 provides a vehicle to pursue multidisciplinary training approaches for emerging infectious diseases. In this program, we are using leptospirosis and bacterial meningitis as disease models to address the following specific objectives: 1) Expand training opportunities that will provide Brazilian trainees at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) the capacity to develop treatment, control and prevention strategies for emerging infectious diseases; and 2) Work jointly with the Brazilian Ministry of Health to disseminate expertise already established at Fiocruz in laboratory-based surveillance, outbreak investigations and molecular epidemiology to other regions of Brazil. The program emphasizes the use of in-country expertise and resources to provide training. For the first aim, we proposed long-term training to 6 predoctoral and 2 postdoctoral fellows each year to address specific needs in expertise within the areas of clinical and field epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis and biotechnology application to develop public health interventions. In-country training provided by outstanding Brazilian mentors will be augmented with short training experiences in the institutions of long-standing US collaborators. For the second aim, Fiocruz is working with the National Center of Epidemiology, Brazilian Ministry of Health in providing short-term training opportunities and a yearly course, the National Course in Molecular Epidemiology in Emerging Infectious Diseases, which are designed to enhance the capacity of local public health epidemiologists and reference laboratory staff to perform laboratory-based surveillance and apply molecular strain typing tools to epidemiological investigations.  

7. Ko, Albert
Global Health Equity Scholars Program at Yale University (Program Website)

The GHES Program is an initiative between Yale University, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford and Florida International Universities, to support one year research training of post and predoctoral fellows  at 12 partnering international institutions. The overall goal of the program, sponsored by the Fogarty International Center and affiliated NIH institutes (R25 TW009338), is to generate a new and young cadre of global health researchers, educators, and professionals who will be prepared to address the new challenges in global health.

The GHES Program aims to train fellows in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to addressing health needs and promoting social equity. A major focus of the program is the health challenges which have emerged due to the rapid growth of slum settlements in both urban and rural settings of low and middle-income countries. Factors associated with chronic, non-communicable, as well as infectious diseases, environmental health hazards, risks specific to women and children, intentional and unintentional injuries, and mental disorders are potential areas of research that will be supported under this program. Furthermore, the program supports implementation research focused on providing accessible and high quality health care services at all levels in resource-limited settings.

8. McMahon-Pratt, Diane
Vector/Host-Parasite Interface of Leishmaniasis in Colombia
The goal of the training grant is to build research capacity to identify strategies and devise means to interrupt the cycle of transmission and pathogenesis of leishmaniasis through intervention of the invertebrate and vertebrate host pathogen interactions. To achieve this goal, the training program will implement research capacity in the molecular analysis of the interaction between Leishmania and both the sandfly vector and the mammalian host. The proposed program builds upon the existing research capacity and ongoing projects of the developing country institution in clinical, epidemiological and biological aspects of cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis and other transmissible diseases, prior collaboration with Yale faculty, and the critical mass of faculty and infrastructure for the conduct of molecular analyses of kinetoplastid parasites and host responses available at Yale University. Colombian scientists will receive training at Yale through the conduct of mentored research, auditing of postgraduate courses and short courses on research skills, such as biosafety, responsible conduct of research, and scientific writing. Workshops will be offered each year at CIDEIM with the participation of Yale Faculty (on site and teleconferencing) to build and multiply research skills and introduce national investigators to concepts and principles of molecular analysis (bioinformatics and data mining, functional genomics, expression analysis). Predoctoral trainees will be selected among postgraduate students from Colombian universities who conduct thesis research in CIDEIM. Students will be recent graduates of human or veterinary medicine and basic science who have qualified for scholarship support within the framework of COLCIENCIAS' Young Investigator program. Post-doctoral training and scientific exchange for periods of up to 4 months will be available to research staff of CIDEIM whose research is relevant to the vector or host- Leishmania interaction. During year 5 of the program, formal postgraduate courses on the molecular genetic analyses of host (mammalian/vector)-parasite interactions will be offered to national and regional students by CIDEIM. Overall, the training conducted will prepare investigators in new areas of research, implement training by teleconferencing, and assure the capacity to offer formal courses for Colombian and regional post-graduate students. All of these will contribute to the sustainability of research capacity.

9. McMahon-Pratt, Diane
Vector/Host-Parasite Interface of Leishmaniasis in Colombia (supplement)
The overall objective of our Fogarty Training Program is to increase research capacity to identify and evaluate strategies to interrupt the transmission and pathogenesis of leishmaniasis and other vector-borne diseases endemic in Colombia (Dengue and Malaria). With the aim of building long-term sustainable capacity to address national and regional research needs, the parent grant has enabled Yale and CIDEIM to develop and deliver a series of live learning post-graduate courses on topics relevant to vector-borne prevention, treatment and control that are not sufficiently covered in traditional graduate and post-graduate academic curricula. At the same time, there is a critical need for strengthening core research skills which can be applied to the development, planning, implementation, evaluation and subsequent writing of research on any infectious disease or public health issue. The general aim of this application is to build institutional capacity in CIDEIM to develop and use virtual e-learning methodologies to develop virtual training programs focused on health research management skills and access to information. More specifically, this application is to: (1) develop an appropriate, user-friendly, interactive online version of the "Effective Project Planning and Evaluation for Health Research" (EPPE) training program; (2) develop an online training program in Access to Scientific Literature; (3) transfer an existing Biostatistics course taught at CIDEIM to a fully online format; (4) offer these new virtual courses through the CIDEIM website and explore other avenues to make these courses widely available to health students, researchers and practitioners.


10. Zheng, Tongzhang
Research Training for Study of Air Pollution Control in China
China's extraordinary, rapid economic development has brought severe environmental deterioration which can have major global impacts through emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and through large scale transport of pollution. Facing many challenges in confronting the crucial environmental health issues, one of the major challenges China faces today is the severe lack of trained personnel in all major areas of environmental health sciences. The primary goal of this program is to build a center of excellence in research and teaching in environmental health sciences within the Chinese National Institute of Environmental Health and Related Product Safety (IEHS), which is mandated by the central government to be responsible for China's environmental health and monitoring. The program is (1) training scientists urgently needed in the IEHS to develop appropriate strategies to better understand and more effectively respond to the emerging threat from the vast environmental pollution and deterioration in China; and (2) building an infrastructure that will allow IEHS to function as a national center for teaching and research in environmental health sciences. The training goals will be achieved through trainees, selected from faculty and existing pre- and post-doctoral programs at IEHS, who will receive education and mentoring at Yale University School of Public Health (YSPH) through long-term, intermediate-, and short-term training. The training will emphasize principles and methods in six major areas: environmental health, environmental epidemiology and molecular epidemiology, risk assessment, intervention trials and biostatistics. This training program will be administered by a Steering Committee with representation from both IEHS and Yale University. YSPH and IEHS have a strong history of prior research and training collaborations. We anticipate that trainees of this program will be uniquely qualified to be future leaders in the field of environmental health science in China.


11. Zheng, Tongzhang
Research Training for Cancer Epidemiology & Biostatistics in China (Program website
Following the rapid economic development and the severe environmental deterioration during the past three decades, human cancer risk has been increasing rapidly in China. Cancer now is the number one killer in China and the costs for cancer treatment in 2006 reached more than 20% of the annual total medical costs in China, and this number is actually considered to be seriously underestimated. Facing the grave consequence of the ever increasing cancer burden in China; realizing that nationwide deterioration in environmental conditions and human health could jeopardize the economic development, the Chinese government has taken major steps to prevent and control cancer. China, however, faces many challenges in confronting and battling the war against cancer. One of the major shortcomings for cancer prevention and control in China today is the severe lack of well-trained personnel in all major areas of cancer studies. The primary goal of this program is to build a center of excellence in research and teaching in cancer studies within the Cancer Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CI-CAMS, the designated China National Cancer Center), which is mandated by the central government to be responsible for China's cancer prevention and control. The program is (1) training scientists urgently needed in the CI-CAMS to develop appropriate strategies to better understand and more effectively respond to the emerging threat from the increasing cancer burden in China; (2) building an infrastructure that will allow CI-CAMS to function as a national center for teaching and research in cancer-related studies; and (3) strengthening China's National Cancer Registration Office to function as a national center of excellence for coordinating and monitoring China's cancer registration. The training goals will be achieved through trainees, selected from faculty and existing pre/post-doctoral programs at CI-CAMS, who will receive education and mentoring at Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) through long-term/intermediate/short-term training or workshops and internet-based tutorial system. The training will emphasize principles and methods in major areas of cancer epidemiology and biostatistics. This training program will be administered by a Program Faculty with representation from both CI-CAMS and Yale University. Yale University, YSPH in particular, has a strong history of prior research and training collaborations with China. We anticipate that trainees of this program will be uniquely qualified to be future leaders in the field of cancer research in China.

12. Khoshnood, Kaveh
Research Ethics Training and Curriculum Development Program with China

We propose a comprehensive multi-disciplinary Research Ethics Training and Curriculum Development Program that builds on the success of our extensive collaborations with Central South University, Xiangya School of Medicine, a leading academic institution in China. We have assembled a team of seasoned investigators from the United States and China with extensive experience in curriculum development, conduct and evaluation of international research projects as well as in training programs, mentoring international scholars and have carefully designed a program that is responsive to the short-term and long-term needs of the host country institution. The training program will develop and disseminate graduate level curricula in research ethics; provide long-term (18 months) and medium-term (10 months) training to 11 Chinese researchers and health professionals in multi-disciplinary research methodologies, bioethics and ethical review of research; offer intensive short–courses and workshops on research methods, grant and manuscript writing and selected research ethics topics; enhance human subjects protection and strengthen the capacity of Institutional Review Boards at Xiangya School of Medicine and Yale University to review research protocols. We believe the Chinese scholars trained through this program will influence research ethics policy and practice throughout China in the years to come.