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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 11, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 21
Center for Global Health Awards $50,000 Grants to 10 Faculty

The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health has awarded pilot grants of $50,000 to 10 faculty members to enable and support their proposed global health research projects. Instructors, assistant professors and associate professors from the schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing were eligible to apply for the awards.

All funded projects relate to some aspect of global health. The primary purpose of the faculty grants is to strengthen the winners' abilities to secure external funding.

More than 50 applications were received for the grants, which were offered for the first time. Applications for the next round will be accepted in November.

The inaugural recipients and their projects are as follows:

Abdullah Baqui, associate professor, International Health, Bloomberg School: "The Effect of Maternal Antenatal Vitamin D Supplementation on Neonatal Immune Function: A Randomized Double- Blind Placebo Controlled Trial."

Heena Brahmbhatt, assistant professor, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School: "Morbidity, Mortality and Disability in Children Study."

Kathryn Chu, assistant professor, Surgery, School of Medicine: "The Protective Role of Helminth Infection in Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Western Cape, South Africa."

Jonathan Golub, assistant professor, Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Medicine: "A Case- Control Study Investigating the Intersection Between Tobacco Use, TB and HIV."

Adnan Hyder, associate professor, International Health, Bloomberg School: "Innovations in Measuring Injury and Disability in Low-Income Countries: Use of a Demographic Surveillance System in Uganda."

Sanjay Jain, assistant professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine: "Diagnosis of Active Tuberculosis in HIV-infected and -uninfected Young Children in India."

Alain Labrique, assistant professor, International Health, Bloomberg School: "The Portable Field Dark Adaptometer: Validating a Novel Device for Field-Based Screening and Detection of Vitamin A Deficiency and Night Blindness, a Debilitating Condition Associated with High Maternal and Child Mortality."

Gregory Lucas, associate professor, Medicine, School of Medicine: "Natural History of Chronic Kidney Disease in HIV-infected and HIV-seronegative Individuals in Rakai, Uganda."

Clive Shiff, associate professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School: "Chronic Urinary Schistosomiasis, the Silent Carcinogen: Developing Biomarkers for Its Detection."

Chung Tse, associate professor, Medicine, School of Medicine: Anti-Diarrheal Mechanisms of Zn2+: Role of Zn2 in Intestinal CT Secretion."

The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health was launched in May 2006 to facilitate and focus the extensive expertise and resources of the Johns Hopkins Institutions, together with global collaborators, to effectively address and ameliorate the world's most pressing health issues. The center helps to broker collaboration among nearly two dozen existing programs in the schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing. Together, those programs already operate more than 400 projects around the world. The center also seeks out and secures funding for new initiatives, recruits faculty to address emerging global health issues and trains students to be the global health leaders of tomorrow.


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