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Welcome Back, Students!

We are excited to welcome our new, engaged, future global public health leaders to campus! Many thanks to Dr. Marie Martin for hosting the welcome-back dinner. We look forward to another great year! 

Carolyn Audet Named Associate Director for Research at VIGH 

Dr. Audet has been a leader in building our research portfolio. This appointment recognizes her valued contributions and leadership in Vanderbilt's global health research space. As the VIGH Associate Director for Research, Dr. Audet will provide overall leadership, management, coordination, and outreach regarding global health research at VIGH and play a leading role in developing and strengthening our research collaborations with key partners. In this role, she will work closely with the VIGH leadership team; Dr. Aliyu, Director; Dr. Bill Wester, Associate Director, Global Health Faculty Development; Dr. Marie Martin, Associate Director for Education and Training; and Holly Cassell, Assistant Director for Collaborative Relations. 

Neuro-oncology presentation in Ghana by Josie Haizel-Cobbina

Joseline Haizel-Cobbina, MBChB, MPH, presented “Collaborating to Build Ghana’s First Neuro-oncology Registry” at the 2022 Society of Neuro-oncology Sub-Saharan Africa (SNOSSA) Annual Conference in Accra, Ghana. In low- to middle-income countries (LMICs), there are gaps in estimating the central nervous system tumor burden due to the lack of quality neuro-oncology data, poor cancer surveillance systems, unmet need for registries, and differences in data standards between high-income countries and LMICs. Additionally, access to neuro-oncology care in LMICs is challenging due to the high cost of care, limited resources for diagnosis, treatment, case follow-up, and cancer registration. Quality data is needed for cancer control and planning, which requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN), Ministries of Health, health institutions, funding organizations, and most importantly cancer patients. Improving cancer registries in LMICs will help this effort. Great work, Dr. Haizel-Cobbina!

Recent Grants & Awards

Aurum awarded NIH Grant for Research Administration
Aurum's "Molemolemo: Building Research Administration Excellence in South Africa" will collaborate with VUMC grant administrators to receive advanced grants administration training and exposure to best practices. Read more here
Vanderbilt & Zambian Colleagues: Cancer Research Program
In partnership with the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Zambia Cancer Diseases Hospital (CDH), VIGH, the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center received $1.3 million for a five-year training grant funded by the National Cancer Institute to support cancer epidemiology research in Zambia. Read more here
Capacity-Building Grant Trains Biostatisticians in West Africa
The Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), and VIGH have partnered on a new five-year, $1.4 million training grant from Fogarty International Center of the NIH. The program seeks to create a cohort of highly skilled Nigerian biostatisticians with the capacity to supervise high-level biostatistics activities for HIV research studies in West Africa. Read more here.  
VIGH Global Health Opportunities Database
Global Health Grand Rounds
Virtual Registration HERE
Oct. 10
"Addressing the Global Anesthesia Workforce Crisis Through Strategic Education"
Matt Kynes, MDFCA 
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, VUMC
Staff Anesthesiologist, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kenya
Oct. 24
Vincent Nsereko, MD, MPH, Research Associate, Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Events Calendar
News & Events
Oct. 21 | 8 AM - 4 PM
Student Life Center
Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum 
Vanderbilt researchers present their recently funded translational science. 

Register Here
Mar. 3-5, 2023
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt to Host Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 
Vanderbilt will host the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, solving humanity's most pressing problems. 

Read More Here.

Welcome New Team Members
Alicia Rector
Associate Health Services Research Analyst
Teris Taylor
Associate Program Manager
Cody Staats
Program Manager, RePORT Brazil, TB Center
The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a two-year program with a global health track offered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Learn more about the program here.

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