• Fogarty celebrates 50 years of excellence of building local research capacity

    A diverse group of Fogarty Fellows made up of senior scientists and young investigators from across the globe attended a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fogarty International Centre themed “what are the new frontiers in global health research” hosted at the National Institutes of Health, on 1st May, in Bethesda, Maryland in the US.  

         For the last 50 years, “Fogarty’s focus has been on cultivating partnerships that advance science for global health,” said Dr Roger Glass Director of the Centre. “We really invest in capacity building of young people interested in research in biomedical and health sciences.”  Glass said that this approach has become “the hallmark of Fogarty programs—taking science where the problems are and building local research capacity to solve them. The scientists who were first trained through our programs have become world leaders on the front lines in the battle to staunch the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS through innovative research, in collaboration with U.S. investigators, and with additional support from many others at NIH and beyond.”

         Professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, both former Fogarty grantees, presented at the Symposium. They have played a central role in building the science base in southern Africa through the Columbia University-Southern African Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Programme that has trained over 600 scientists in southern Africa.


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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.