Common Fund's Global Health program supports biomedical research and training in low and middle-income countries across three continents and focuses on a wide range of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, maternal-child health, mental health, emergency medicine, and low birth weights; as well as on infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The program includes three primary initiatives:
- Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
- Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa)
- Household Air Pollution Investigation Network (HAPIN)
Program Highlights H3Africa
H3Africa was recently approved for a second five years of funding beginning in fiscal year 2017 to expand upon the accomplishments of the first stage, which began in 2012. Unique aspects of H3Africa stage 2 include an Administrative Coordinating Center and a Bioinformatics Research Training Program. New funding opportunities are anticipated to be published in July 2016.
H3Africa BioNet (click icon above) is a Pan African Bioinformatics network comprising 32 Bioinformatics research groups which will support H3Africa researchers and their projects while developing Bioinformatics capacity within Africa.
Learn more about the Five Step Grants Registration Process in the H3Africa Grants Registration Process Guide. View the meeting presentation slides.
Program Highlights HAPIN
Awards from the first funding opportunity for the HAPIN initiative, the Household Air Pollution (HAP) Health Outcomes Trial, will be announced in September – October 2016. The HAP Health Outcomes Trial sought applications from institutions/organizations to conduct a clinical trial across three or more Low and Middle Income Country settings to test improved stove and fuel interventions on health outcomes in exposed populations and to establish a biomarker center for the development and validation of clinical, physiological, chemical, biochemical and/or microbiological markers of exposure and pathophysiological responses to household air pollution.
Program Highlights MEPI
NIH commits $36M to train junior faculty in Africa
“Research must play an integral part in generating sustainable, quality health care in sub-Saharan Africa, which is the ultimate goal,” said NIH Director, Dr. Francis S. Collins. “It is critical that we increase research capacity so Africans can carry out locally relevant investigations themselves, and develop the necessary expertise in areas such as bioethics, informatics, environmental science, and genomics. That will empower their participation in international collaborations.” Read the full news article.
NIH-supported Component of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI): Research Career Development of African Junior Faculty will extend the activities supported under the original MEPI program by providing research training and mentored research opportunities for junior faculty in MEPI-supported African institutions. The goal is to increase the number of faculty with research expertise in order to build the next generation of African researchers. Read more about the plans for MEPI's future.
A special supplemental issue of Academic Medicine on MEPI accomplishments contains 32 articles on progress by the program to revitalize and expand medical training in sub-Saharan Africa.
Read a summary of the supplement's articles from NIH's Fogarty International Center. Access the full supplement.
New Funding Opportunities for H3Africa
H3Africa was recently approved for a second 5 years of funding and will be soliciting applications for 7 initiatives: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues (ELSI) Research Program and ELSI Collaborative Centers, biomedical Research Grants and Collaborative Centers, an Administrative Coordinating Center, an Informatics Network, and a Bioinformatics Research Training Program. The estimated publication date of the announcement is July 2016.
The 8th H3Africa consortium meeting and the 9th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) meeting were held May 12-15 and 16-17, 2016 in Dakar, Senegal. The H3Africa meeting agenda along with other upcoming events can be found here, while the AfSHG meeting agenda can be found here.
H3Africa Scientists Investigate Sex Differences. Sex and gender play a role in how health and disease differ across individuals, and considering these factors during research informs the development of preventive and therapeutic interventions for both sexes. Learn how supplements to H3Africa grants are enabling researchers to investigate sex as a biological variable.
Photos and Videos from the 2015 MEPI Symposium Now Available Online. Photographs and videos of the plenary sessions from the 2015 MEPI Symposium in Harare, Zimbabwe are now available on the MEPI website.