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Training and Capacity Building in LMIC for Research in Heart and Lung Diseases: The NHLBI—UnitedHealth Global Health Centers of Excellence Program

Authors:

Gerald S. Bloomfield,

Department of Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC; Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC, US
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Denis Xavier,

Department of Pharmacology and Division of Clinical Research and Training, St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, IN
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Deshirée Belis ,

Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, US
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Dewan Alam,

Centre for Global Health Research, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto, Ontario, CA
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Patricia Davis,

Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD, US
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Dorairaj Prabhakaran,

Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi; Center for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), New Delhi, IN
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Hassen Ghannem,

Chronic Disease Prevention Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology, University Hospital Farhat Hached, Sousse, TN
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Robert H. Gilman,

Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, US
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Deepak Kamath,

Department of Pharmacology and Division of Clinical Research and Training, St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, IN
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Sylvester Kimaiyo,

AMPATH, Moi University School of Medicine, College of Health Science, Eldoret; Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, KE
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Naomi Levitt,

Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA), and Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA
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Homero Martinez,

RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, US
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Gabriela Mejicano,

INCAP Research Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases (CIIPEC), Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, Guatemala City, GT
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J. Jaime Miranda,

CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, and Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, PE
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Tracey Perez Koehlmoos,

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, US
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Cristina Rabadán-Diehl,

Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, US
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Manuel Ramirez-Zea,

INCAP Research Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases (CIIPEC), Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, Guatemala City, GT
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Adolfo Rubinstein,

South American Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Health (CESCAS), Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Buenos Aires, AR
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Katherine A. Sacksteder,

Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, US
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Krisela Steyn,

Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA), and Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA
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Nikhil Tandon,

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, IN
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Rajesh Vedanthan,

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, US
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Tracy Wolbach,

Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD, US
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Yangfeng Wu,

The George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing; Peking University Clinical Research Institute, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Peking University School of Public Health, Beijing, CN
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Lijing L. Yan

The George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing; Duke Global Health Institute, and Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, CN
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Abstract

Stemming the tide of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide requires amultipronged approach. Although much attention has been paid to disease control measures, there is relatively little consideration of the importance of training the next generation of health-related researchers to play their important role in this global epidemic. The lack of support for early stage investigators in low- and middle-income countries interested in the globalNCD field has resulted in inadequate funding opportunities for research, insufficient training in advanced research methodology and data analysis, lack of mentorship in manuscript and grant writing, and meager institutional support for developing, submitting, and administering research applications and awards. To address this unmet need, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—UnitedHealth Collaborating Centers of Excellence initiative created a Training Subcommittee that coordinated and developed an intensive, mentored healthrelated research experience for a number of early stage investigators from the 11 Centers of Excellence around the world. We describe the challenges faced by early stage investigators in low- and middle-income countries, the organization and scope of the Training Subcommittee, training activities, early outcomes of the early stage investigators (foreign and domestic) and training materials that have been developed by this program that are available to the public. By investing in the careers of individuals in a supportive global NCD network, we demonstrate the impact that an investment in training individuals from low- and middle-income countries can have on the preferred future of or current efforts to combat NCDs.

How to Cite: Bloomfield GS, Xavier D, Belis D, Alam D, Davis P, Prabhakaran D, et al.. Training and Capacity Building in LMIC for Research in Heart and Lung Diseases: The NHLBI—UnitedHealth Global Health Centers of Excellence Program. Global Heart. 2016;11(1):17–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2016.01.004
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Published on 01 Mar 2016.
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