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NYU Launches Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund to Support Faculty-Initiated Studies

September 1, 2009
N-2, 2009-10

New York University’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Health has launched a Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund, which on September 1, 2009 awarded grants of up to $15,000 each to support five faculty-initiated studies of health complexities in a globalized context.

The five proposals, selected by a faculty review committee through a competitive process, include research on:

  • The link between periodontal disease and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Thailand (Professor Ananda P. Dasanayake, College of Dentistry, Department of Epidemiology);
  • Educational disruption as a risk factor for infectious disease among young refugees from Zimbabwe (Professor Sally Guttmacher, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health);
  • The effect of antiretroviral therapy on malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa (Professor Photini Sinnis, MD, School of Medicine, Department of Medical Parasitology);
  • Establishing a comprehensive health system performance monitoring system in Ghana (Professor Karen A. Grepin, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Global Health Policy);
  • Effectiveness of a train-the-trainer program for increasing poisoning prevention awareness in Ghana (Professor Lewis Goldmark, MD, School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine).

Instituted by Robert Berne, Senior Vice President for Health at NYU, the Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund emerges from the now-widespread recognition that health is not limited or defined by geographical boundaries, and that the ongoing globalization of economic, technological, socio-cultural and political forces has a direct and synergistic relationship with the health status of individuals and communities around the world.

“I am delighted to announce the establishment of the Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund and its first recipients,” said Vice President Berne. “The research proposals chosen for support are of critical importance to the field of global public health. They are very much in keeping with New York University’s multidimensional approach to global public health, and the University’s extensive and growing global reach.”

The proposals were selected by a faculty review committee consisting of: James Macinko, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Deborah Padgett, Silver School of Social Work; John Gershman, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and Marc Gourevitch, School of Medicine.

The winning projects were chosen in part for the extent to which they enrich the NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health, an advanced-degree program in global public health developed and conducted by five of the University’s professional schools.

“Health is a central factor in economic and social development with in all countries, and no single discipline or methodology is position to adequately address these challenges alone,” the Vice President said.

For further information about the new Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund and the supported research projects, contact the NYU Office of Public Affairs officer listed at the top of this press release.

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