Framework Grant Helps Tulane SPHTM Develop Innovative Solutions in Latin America
Dr. Richard Oberhelman, chair of the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, is the principal investigator for the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s new Inter-American Training for Innovation in Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATIEID) program, funded by a Fogarty Framework grant designed to encourage much-needed innovations in global health.
The program will consist of a consortium of universities and organizations in the U.S., Peru, and Argentina and will integrate public health, science, engineering, social sciences, and medicine. Eight post-doctoral participants from consortium institutions will gain interdisciplinary training in innovative approaches to emerging infectious diseases. At least six of the participants will be from Latin American partners.
By the end of the training program, trainee teams will test their innovations, which may consist of devices, interventions, or techniques to address an emerging infectious disease challenge, such as dengue, Chagas disease, or tuberculosis.
“The main objective of the IATIEID program is to foster true innovation by mixing postdoc trainees from diverse disciplines, and creating an environment that requires them to get out of their ‘comfort zones’ and ‘think outside the box,’ said Dr. Oberhelman. “It seems that many truly innovative solutions to health problems are the result of conversations by professionals who look at an issue from different points of view and can work together to produce a product that would not be possible for any one of them on their own.”
The program has already launched a website (http://www.sph.tulane.edu/publichealth/iatieid/home.cfm) where post-doctoral candidates can learn more and submit an application for consideration.
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