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Upcoming Events and Conferences:

First Spring Research Seminar in Global Health

April 15, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | LKSC 320 (Dean's Boardroom)

Speakers: Professor Scott Rozelle, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute will be presenting his research on practitioners in rural China: "Incognito Standardized Patients and the Quality of Care of Barefoot Doctors in China's Rural Clinics." Refreshments will be served, and there will be time for breakout discussions and questions. RSVP not required but appreciated for the purposes of ordering food.


Barefoot doctors in China are thought to have played a major role in the improvements in health and standard of living in China during the 1960s and 1970s. According to some, high quality health care in part helped launch China's miracle growth. Over the past decade, China has implemented reforms of village clinics designed to improve health and expand access to health care in rural areas. Little objective evidence exists, however, on the quality of that care. This paper reports results from a standardized patient study designed to assess the quality of care delivered by barefoot doctors, or more appropriately today, village clinicians, in rural China.

To measure quality, we recruited individuals from the local community to serve as undercover patients and trained them to present consistent symptoms of two common illnesses (dysentery and angina). Based on 82 covert interactions between the standardized patients and local clinicians, we find that the quality of care is low as measured by adherence to clinical checklists and the rates of correct diagnoses and treatments. In fact, the quality is comparable to some of the worst providers in rural India. Our results highlight the need for policy action to address the low quality of care delivered by grassroots providers.

Visualizing The Geography Of Diseases In China, 1870s-1920s

April 15, 2014 | 4:15 - 5:30 pm | Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Marta Hanson, Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Medicine

Medical mapping was never just a way of thinking but also a way to visualize certain conceptions of knowledge and legitimate specific medical practices. The earliest disease maps in Europe were statements in an argument, evidence furthering a specific case, and visualizations of possible causal relationships. On the one hand, disease incidence, and on the other hand, potential causes—the climate or weather, water and air quality, geological features such as elevation, waterways and mountains, or an unknown poison in the environment. Physicians used them for various functions in China from the 1870s, when they were first used to work out causal relationships, to the 1910s and 20s, when they were transformed for new political purposes. They were one of the most succinct ways to circulate complex syntheses of current medical knowledge. They also present a visual history of major changes in the conception of what was modern Western knowledge within China from the mid nineteenth-century peak of medical geography to the eventual victory of laboratory medicine by the early twentieth century. Over 50 maps of diseases in China were published from the 1870s to the 1920s. The earliest disease maps for China, like nineteenth-century vital statistics and petri-dishes, made causal relations newly visible. During the 1910-20s, however, new kinds of maps of diseases in China functioned more to legitimate colonial and later Chinese state-populace relationships than to elucidate causal disease-agent ones. Finally, the first disease maps in vernacular Chinese that appear in 1921 were of the distribution of bubonic plague and pneumonic plague (and later in 1928 of cholera and apoplexy) in China and the world. Published on public-health posters in the late 1920s, they attempted to convince a wary public of an entirely novel way of seeing epidemic disease, themselves, and their place in a newly globalizing world. RSVP here.

Geneva Health Forum 2014

April 15 -17, 2014 | Centre International de Conférences de Genève

Think, Learn, Share, Exchange, Network, Advocate, Advance at the Geneva Health Forum 2014, from April 15th to 17th. The Geneva Health Forum offers university students and PhD scholars the chance to register at a special rate. The Geneva Health Forum's Marketplace is an exciting networking HUB and the ideal opportunity to present your organization, to engage with thousands of participants from around the world and to also network with other universities, research institutions, policy makers, senior decision makers of international organizations and champions of global health. For more information about registration, visit the GHF website.

The Arts, Humanities and Medicine Programs (AHMP): Teaching Surgery Through Art and Anatomy; School of Medicine Writing Workshop; and Music From the Brain: The Brain Stethoscope in Clinical and Musical Applications

April 16, 2014 | 5:50 - 7:30 pm | Berg Hall, LKSC

Khaled Hosseini, MD, author of The Kite Runner, will be the keynote speaker at Medicine and the Muse on April 16, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Berg Auditorium of LKSC. Medicine and the Muse also features presentations of art, music, dance, poetry and photography by Stanford medical students. Find more information and register here or email to RSVP.

SEED Development Economics Workshop: TBA

April 16, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

The Arts, Humanities and Medicine Programs (AHMP): Inside Rodin's Hands

April 17, 2014 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Cantor Art Museum

James Chang, MD (Surgery), will give a presentation in Cantor Art Museum, explaining how to observe and diagnose disease processes present in Rodin's hand sculptures. This presentation is part of the AHMP's Recombinations series, exploring the nexus of art, humanities, medicine and bioscience. Click here for more information, or contact Jacqueline Genovese.

SEED Development Economics Workshop: TBA

April 23, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

Cultures, Minds, and Medicine: Life's Remains - Loss and Endurance in Post-Earthquake Turkey

April 23, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 pm | Building 50, Rm 51A

Christopher Dole, Associate Professor, Amherst College

Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium - "Invest in the Future – Defeat Malaria"

April 25, 2014 | 8:00am – 3:30pm | Clark Kerr Campus; Berkeley, CA

The Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium will convene the area's top malaria experts and advocates for a day of innovation, knowledge-sharing and collaboration. We provide the forum for researchers, implementers, policy makers and more to inspire and catalyze change for the greater good.

Session themes will include: Research and Exploration, Technical Innovation, Implementing Campaigns, Programs and Policy. For more information, click here.

School of Medicine Writing Workshop

April 26, 2014 | 8:45 am - 4:30 pm | Location TBA

Led by Sharon Bray, EdD, author of Healing Journey and When Words Heal, this writing workshop is open to medical students, residents and Stanford Hospital & Clinics employees. The workshop provides a structured, supportive environment in which to explore writing as a means of creative expression. No writing experience necessary. Priority is given to first-time attendees. Seats are limited. Email to register.

Music From the Brain: The Brain Stethoscope in Clinical and Musical Applications

April 29, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 pm | CRMA, the Knoll Building Stage, 3rd Floor

Professor Chris Chafe (Music) and Josef Parvizi, MD (Neurology), have joined forces in a quest to develop a biofeedback device to help identify seizures by linking brain activity to music. This presentation is part of the AHMP's Recombinations series, exploring the nexus of art, humanities, medicine and bioscience. Join us for a demonstration of this groundbreaking work. For more information, click here, or contact Jacqueline Genovese.

SEED Development Economics Workshop: Tim Besley

April 30, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

SEED Development Economics Workshop: Nathan Nunn

May 7, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

Cultures, Minds, and Medicine: The Inventions of Schizophrenia

May 7, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 pm | Building 50, Rm 51A

Daniel Mason, MD, Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University

The Effects of Indonesia's Conditional Cash Transfer Program

May 8, 2014 | 12 - 1:30 pm | Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Margaret Triyana - Postdoctoral Fellow in Asia Health Policy at Stanford University

This study analyzes the effects of Indonesia's conditional cash transfer program on the local health care market in terms of price, utilization, and quality of care. The CCT program is associated with increased delivery fees and increased utilization of prenatal care and trained attendants for delivery assistance. Consequently, program participants experience improvements in prenatal care quality.
Margaret Triyana is the Asia Health Policy Post-doctoral fellow. Her main interests are inequality and human capital investments, particularly early health investments in developing countries. RSVP here.

5th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference

May 10-12, 2014 | Washington, DC

Universities 2.0: Advancing Global Health in the Post-MDG Era

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health's Fifth Annual Conference will bring together over 1500 leaders, researchers, policy makers, educators, and students from diverse fields including medicine, engineering, business, law, communications, nursing, dentistry, veterinary sciences, environmental studies and the social sciences to address the global health challenges we face. Join us at this important event to learn, network, and build collaborations with colleagues from around the world. For more information click here.

SEED Development Economics Workshop: Duncan Thomas

May 14, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

Cultures, Minds, and Medicine: The 'Spirit Ambulance' in Thailand and the Globalization of Biomedicine

May 21, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 pm | Building 50, Rm 51A

Scott Stonington, MD/PhD, UCSF

SEED Development Economics Workshop: Erica Field

May 21, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

Big Data in BioMedicine Conference

May 21-23, 2014 | Li Ka Shing Center

We are bringing together thought leaders in large scale data analysis to transform the way we diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Over the course of three days attendees will hear from speakers such as Ewan Birney, Atul Butte, John Ioannidis, Teri Manolio, Stephen Quake, Eric Schadt, and Mike Snyder, as well as individuals from Duke, FDA, Genentech, Google, HP, Intel, Khosla Ventures, NIH, Nvidia, SAP and Stanford. Registration is now open, and space is limited!

SEED Development Economics Workshop: Rob Jensen

May 28, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

4th Annual Bay Area Symposium on Viruses

May 30, 2014 | 9 am - 6 pm | Li Ka Shing Center Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley

The Annual Bay Area Symposium on Viruses aims to strengthen the network of scientists in the San Francisco Bay Area working on virology, host-pathogen interactions, and control of human and animal viral infections. The symposium also serves as the annual meeting for BayViro, the Bay Area Virus Network. For more information on the Bay Area Virus Network and this event, please click here.


Ann Arvin, Stanford
Jody Baron, UCSF
Laurent Coscoy, UC Berkeley
Bryce Falk, UC Davis
Romas Geleziunas, Gilead
Peter Kim, Stanford
Phillip Norris, BSRI

Hot Topics in Global Health - Alex Sandhu

June 4, 2014 | 12 - noon | TBA

Quarterly, global health residents present research during noon conferences. Join us for Alex Sandhu on June 4th.

SEED Development Economics Workshop: Dilip Mookherjee

June 4, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Room M104

Please join us one of the new Development Economics Workshop Series talks.

The Humanitarian Innovation Project Inaugural Humanitarian Innovation Conference

July 19-20, 2014 | University of Oxford

Over recent years, innovation has emerged as a topic of central relevance to the humanitarian sector. International organizations, NGOs, and the private sector have gradually explored how new products and processes drawn from outside the sector might begin to play a transformative role. HIP2014 represents an opportunity to bring together the major stakeholders within the emerging humanitarian innovation debate, from across sectors, to consolidate knowledge, engage in debate, and develop a shared agenda for bringing innovation to the sector. We aim to bring together 150-180 delegates for a range of keynote addresses, panel sessions, exhibition demonstrations, and film and multimedia presentations. It will be the largest academic conference so far held on humanitarian innovation.

2014 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)

July 21-25, 2014 | Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 

One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets implemented in every day practice. The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.

Institute Goals
Harvard University, with support from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Office of Disease Prevention, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring this 5-day training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation and evaluation approaches to D&I, creating partnerships and multi-level, transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations and conducting research at different and multiple levels of interventions (e.g., clinical, community, policy). For more information, please visit our webpage.

New Courses Available:

SURG 231 Lunch Seminar

Mondays, 12 - 1pm | 1 unit | LKSC 130

Who should sign up: Everyone. Med students, graduate students, undergraduates, residents and fellows are all welcome.

Confirmed Speakers:

3/31/2014 Dr. Greco Haiti: My Personal Odyssey

4/7/2014 Dr. Czechowicz Teaching ENT in Zimbabwe

4/14/2014 Dr. Mahadevan EM in India

4/21/2014 Ayesha Khan Strategies to Address Acute Care in Haiti

4/28/2014 Kona Shen Starting a non-profit in Haiti

5/12/2014 Dr. Meffert Surgery in Post-earthquake Haiti

5/19/2014 Dr. Srivastava Conversations in global medicine

Introduction to Global Justice

Mondays and Wednesdays | 2:15 - 3:30pm | Lane History Corner, Bldg. 200, Room 305


This course provides an introduction to ethical problems in contemporary international politics, with a special focus on the problem of global distributive justice. What duties do citizens in wealthy countries have to assist the global poor? What are human rights, and do they set meaningful limits to a state's liberty to govern its own affairs? Can changes in existing immigration restrictions or trade practices improve global justice? How should we distribute the burdens of environmental protection? What would it mean for existing international institutions to be made more democratic? We will approach these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, drawing not only on the leading theoretical scholarship on the subject, but also on select historical cases and recent empirical contributions from economics and political science.

Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives

Mondays and Wednesdays | 12:50 - 2:05pm | Braun Lecture Hall

Listed as: History 5C, 105C, FemSt 5C/105C, HumBio 178H, IR 105C Law 675, SOMGEN 205

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the extent and complexity of the global phenomenon of human trafficking, including trafficking for forced prostitution,labor exploitation, and organ harvesting. In each of these areas, we will focus on human rights violations and remedies. The course aims to:
· Provide the historical context for the development and spread of human trafficking.
· Analyze current international and domestic legal and policy frameworks to combat trafficking and evaluate their practical implementation.
· Examine the medical, psychological, and public health issues involved.
· Stimulate ideas for new interventions.

Instruction will combine lectures and small group discussion, and uses problem-based learning. In addition, there is an optional service learning component. The class meets three times per week: lectures on Monday & Wednesday from 12:50-2:05 in Braunlec, plus discussion section.

Designing Research-Based Interventions to Solve Global Health Problems

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 5:15 - 6:30pm | Wallenberg Learning Theatre (Bldg. 160, Rm. 124)

EDUC 135x/335x & AFRICAST 135/235 & MED 235

Course Description: The excitement around social innovation and entrepreneurship has spawned numerous startups focused on tackling world problems, particularly in the fields of education and health. The best social ventures are launched with careful consideration paid to research, design, and efficacy. This course offers students insights into understanding how to effectively develop, evaluate, and scale social ventures.

Using TeachAIDS (an award-winning nonprofit educational technology social venture used in 78 countries) as a primary case study, students will be given an in-depth look into how the entity was founded and scaled globally. Guest speakers will include world-class experts and entrepreneurs in Philanthropy, Medicine, Communications, Education, and Technology. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Guest speakers include:
Terrence Blaschke, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Heather Potters, CEO, PharmaJet
Josh Cohen, Professor of Law, Stanford University; Faculty, Apple University
Patricia Compas-Markman, Founder & CEO, DayOne Response Inc.
Pavithra K. Mehta, Filmmaker & Author of Infinite Vision, Aravind Eye Care System
Seble Kassaye, Senior Research Officer, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Decker Walker, Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Laura Hubbard, Associate Director for Center for African Studies, Stanford University
Doug Scott, Founder & Creative Director, Advocate Creative
Shuman Ghosemajumder, Former Head of Product for Trust & Safety, Google
Scar & Jazzelle (from Botswana), Music Artist, East Africa Idol Judge & Radio Host

Spring 2014 Course: Global Biodesign - Medical Technology in an International Context (MED 271/BIOE 371/OIT 587)

Wednesdays | 4:15-5:45pm | Gates Building, Rm B03

This seminar examines the development and commercialization of medical technologies in the global setting focusing primarily on Europe, India and China. Faculty and guest speakers from industry and government will discuss the status of the industry, as well as opportunities in and challenges to medical technology innovation unique to each geography. Topics related to development of technologies for bottom of the pyramid markets will also be addressed. Please direct questions to Justina Kayastha.

Spring 2014 Course: Global Health Research Methods (MED 226/IPS 290)

MED 226 introduces graduate students to research methods applicable for conducting studies involving health in low income contexts. Designed around developing a concept note to support a funding proposal addressing a research question of student's interest. Targeted skills include developing a compelling research question; synthesizing a focused literature review; selecting and adapting appropriate study design, target population, sampling methods, data collection and analysis; addressing human subject issues and developing productive cross-cultural collaboration. Appropriate for graduate students and fellows in social sciences, education, medicine, engineering, earth/environmental sciences. Students work with a team of classmates from different specialties. Course Instructors: Steve Luby and Larkin Callaghan. Direct questions to Larkin Callaghan.

Spring 2014 Course: Literature of Global Health

Tuesdays, 2:15-5:05pm | Wallenberg Hall, Rm 323 | Alvan A. Ikoku

This course originates in the department of Comparative Literature (as CompLit 229), though it is cross-listed in the departments of French, Human Biology as well as Medicine, and may fulfill requirements for degree programs there. Students taking this course for graduate-level credit in foreign literature departments should read relevant texts in the original.

Call for Proposals, Abstracts, or Articles:

Call for Abstracts - 10th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Disparities in Resources, Education and Sustainability: A Discussion of Possible Solutions

We invite you to submit abstracts for the 10th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery to be held at The Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, USA, October 17th through 19th, 2014. The theme of this year's Forum will be "Disparities in Resources, Education and Sustainability: A Discussion of Possible Solutions."

Abstract applications are due by July 7th, 2014 9:59 pm PT/ 10:59 pm MT/ 11:59 pm CT/ 12:59 am ET

Accepted submissions will be presented at the 10th Global Forum as Oral Presentations. Authors of abstracts submitted, but not accepted for Oral Presentations will be offered the option of Poster Presentations.

Abstract Categories

The 10th Global Forum will focus on the topics listed below. Abstracts submitted in these categories will be given the highest consideration for Oral Presentation. In this conference, Oral Abstract Presentations will not be a subsection of the conference - the majority of the session speakers will be selected from abstract submissions rather than invitations.

Regions of Conflict or Revolutionary Change
Hispaniola - Island of Contrasts
Scope of the Problem in 2014
Building Solutions
International Databases - Are They Tools for Progress?
Nursing Team Development/Empowerment as Tools for Program Growth
Disparity of Healthcare Resources within Countries/Regions
The Zen of Fishing - How do You Teach and Measure Your Effectiveness?

ICATCH (International Community Access to Child Health) 2014 Call for Proposals

ICATCH is a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on International Child Health (SOICH). Since its first four projects were funded in 2006, ICATCH has become one of the most exciting and successful SOICH initiatives. To date, 47 programs in 29 countries around the world have been launched thanks to the mentorship, technical guidance and financial support from the AAP, SOICH and multiple donors.

2014 Call for Proposals are due June 9, 2014. The downloadable Application Form is available at the ICATCH website. For more information, e-mail or contact Aleksandra Stolic, at the American Academy of Pediatrics, +01-847-434-4298.

Deadline Extended: Abstracts for Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium

We invite you and your colleagues to submit an abstract for a five-minute talk or poster presentation for the Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium. We have lined up an exciting program with top-notch Keynote and Session Chairs and hope that the day will be fun, enjoyable and a great opportunity for networking.

The objectives of the Bay Area Symposium are to share knowledge, raise awareness and foster collaboration among local groups fighting malaria. The audience is a diverse and interdisciplinary community of local researchers, implementers and advocates in the global fight against malaria. Zagaya's mandate is to showcase innovative and provocative projects, with an emphasis on translational projects that catalyze change for the great good and to highlight how science can be applied to practical solutions on the ground. This year, in addition to our regular poster session, we also encourage participants to exhibit "malaria artwork" related to their projects.

Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research - Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014

Amount of funding: $100,000 over two years


Stanford assistant professors, research associates and postdoctoral fellows focusing on how to improve health care access in developing countries. Applicants can be from the disciplines of science, engineering, medicine, health policy, environmental and earth sciences, political science, economics, law, business, the humanities or from any multidisciplinary partnership that combines these disciplines.


The Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize is awarded to a young Stanford researcher whose work aims to improve health care in the developing world. Dr. Rosenkranz committed his career to reducing health disparities across the globe, and this prize honors his work. Aimed at fostering innovative and thoughtful research, the Rosenkranz Prize is a stipend of US$100,000 to foster innovative, thoughtful research over a two-year period. The Rosenkranz Prize is not simply a financial resource—it will also give its recipients an incubating network as they develop their careers.

Rosenkranz, who helped first synthesize Cortisone in 1951 and went on to synthesize progestin – the active ingredient for the first oral birth control – dedicated his career to improving health care access around the world. Born in Hungary in 1916, the chemist started his career in Mexico and helped establish the Mexican National Institute for Genomic Medicine. He lives with his wife in Menlo Park.

The award is being funded by the Rosenkranz family and administered by Stanford's Center for Health Policy, a center within the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. It also is designed to give its recipients access to a network that will help them develop their careers.

The funding decision will be announced in early June, 2014

Questions? Contact Samantha Chiu, Phone: 650-725-3654

Funding information resources:

Links to recent announcements, postdoctoral and graduate student resources, calendar, Internal Stanford funding opportunities, NIH, NSF, limited submission programs, and Searchable Funding databases (Pivot, etc.). See more here.

United States - India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) announces Fourth Call for Proposals

Indo-US Science and Technology (IUSSTF) announced the United States - India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) Fourth Call for Proposals: Commercializing Technologies for Societal Impact'. The objectives of the fund is to select and support financially promising joint US-India entrepreneurial initiatives originating from government, academic, non-governmental or commercial entities, and any combination thereof provided they focus on applied R&D, incorporate a business plan and proof of commercial concept, and have significant sustainable commercial potential.

The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India (through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States–India Science & Technology Endowment Fund(USISTEF) for promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship through the application of science and technology. The Fund envisages to support and foster joint applied R&D to generate public good through commercialization of technology achieved through sustained partnerships between US and Indian researchers and entrepreneurs.


(1) Healthy Individual: Affordable biomedical devices, diagnostic / preventive / curative measures, or food and nutrition products to improve health. (Drug development and clinical trials are not eligible activities in this category)

(2) Empowering Citizens: Reducing the digital/technology divide. This could include amongst others, information and communication technologies with societal impact in areas such as water, agriculture, financial inclusion, and education.

FUNDING: The USISTEF provides a grant of up to Rs. 2.50 crores or approximately $400,000 (subject to prevailing exchange rate).

WHO CAN APPLY: The proposals must include a minimum of one partner from each country. The Bi-national teams can include Start-up companies/ Incorporated companies/ Non-incorporated entities/ Individuals or consortia from academia, government laboratories, non-government R&D institutions who will work together to commercialize technologies for societal impact. The proposed technology must have potential towards commercialization within 2-3 years. For further details please click here or contact USISTEF via email.

Fellowship, Internship, Job, and Contest Opportunities:

Training opportunity: 2014 International research internship for health researchers, Jamaica

June 2 – 27, 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica
Application deadline: April 21, 2014

Direct application questions to Janeil Brown, and visit the website.

The four week research internship is a unique, intensive training opportunity for junior researchers to launch their research career and network in the Caribbean and internationally. It provides a great for participants to focus and develop programs of research, complete research proposals or manuscripts under the mentorship of local and international facilitators.

* Eulalia Kahwa, Lecturer and Graduate Program Coordinator, The UWI School of Nursing, Mona, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
* Nancy Edwards, Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada
*Other prominent academics and researchers from the Caribbean

* To help participants develop proposals/programs of research or scientific manuscripts with support from mentors during work in progress sessions.
* Enable participants to acquire knowledge and skills in health systems research and linking research to policy.
* Develop skills in multiple intervention program design and evaluation in health systems.
* Enable participants to gain knowledge and skills essential for competitive grantsmanship.
* Extend participants' repertoire of cutting edge research designs and approaches in health systems.
* Provide opportunities to enhance peer review skills.
* Build research networks and extend links with local, national and international decision-makers.

* Graduate-prepared (minimum completed graduate degree one month prior to internship start date) in nursing, medicine, public health, epidemiology, or other health-sciences related disciplines.
* Committed to long-term research engagement and providing tangible benefits to home community or institution.
* Interest in international research collaboration.

* Applicants from within Kingston (Half Package): US$1,500 (Includes: lunch, refreshments, all sessions, and course materials, transport for site visits, University library and internet access, and welcome dinner)
* Caribbean applicants from outside Kingston (Full Package): US$2,500 (Includes: accommodation, lunch, refreshments, airport shuttle, all sessions and course materials, transport for site visits, University library and internet access, and welcome dinner)
* Other International Countries (Full Package): US$3,000 (Includes: accommodation, lunch, refreshments, airport shuttle, all sessions, and course materials, transport for site visits, University library and internet access, and welcome dinner)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Health Communications Research

The Asian Liver Center at Stanford University is the first organization in the United States founded to address the disproportionately high rates of chronic hepatitis B infection and liver cancer in Asians and Asian Americans. We are actively involved in global and community health research to provide evidence­based information that is of value to policy makers in developing effective national strategies and programs to prevent chronic hepatitis B and liver cancer. We work in partnership with state and country health departments, the US CDC, and the World Health Organization.

To help achieve these aims, we are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with a solid background in health communication research. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in health communications, public health or a related field. He/she should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to work well both independently and as a member of a dynamic team. He/she would have the opportunity to help develop and evaluate country specific health communication and training strategies and tools that would result in improving the prevention, and control of chronic viral hepatitis and liver cancer, and elimination of disease stigma. He/she will have the opportunity to recruit and mentor undergraduate and graduate students from Stanford and other universities to work on research projects. Opportunities will be available to publish research papers and write grant applications; therefore, a strong publication record and experience in writing grant proposals are highly desirable. Interested candidates should send a CV, a personal statement describing research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Samuel So, the Lui Hac Minh Professor and director of the Asian Liver Center. The position is for one year with potential annual renewal contingent on performance, programmatic needs, and funding. See the full description here.

American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses (ACAV) Student/Post-Doc Travel Award

Application deadline - April 17, 2014

Eligibility Requirements - Eligibility is limited to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are actively conducting arbovirus research. The award recipients will present their research either orally or as a poster during the Annual Meeting. View all application guidelines here.

American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) Student Travel Award

Application deadline - April 17, 2014

Eligibility requirements - Eligibility is limited to any student who is currently conducting research that directly or indirectly involves arthropods of medical importance. The award recipient will present his/her research either orally or as a poster during the Annual Meeting. View all application guidelines here.

ASTMH Committee on Global Health (ACGH) Student/Post-Doc Travel Award

Application deadline - April 17, 2014

Eligibility requirements - Eligibility is limited to graduate students, medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows who are conducting global health research and actively participating in advocacy, program implementation or networking efforts for global health. The award recipient will present his/her research either orally or as a poster during the Annual Meeting. View all application guidelines here.

Elsevier Clinical Research Award

Application deadline - April 17, 2014

Eligibility requirements - Eligibility is limited to students (within six months of completing undergraduate or master's level training, including medical undergraduate degrees) and post-doctoral fellows who are conducting clinically-oriented research with scientific clinical content. The applicants must be available to present their work during the Elsevier Clinical Research Award competition during the Annual Meeting. View all application guidelines here.

Young Investigator Award

Application deadline - April 17, 2014

Eligibility requirements - Eligibility is limited to current student/post-doctoral members of ASTMH who had a primary role in various aspects of tropical disease research and experimentation. The applicants must be available to present their research during the Young Investigator Award competition during the Annual Meeting. View all application guidelines here.

Robert E. Shope International Fellowship in Infectious Diseases

Application deadline: May 14, 2014. Download application guidelines here.

The Fellowship is administered by the Society's Robert E. Shope International Fellowship Committee and provides support for international training opportunities in arbovirology and emerging diseases for those with an MD, DVM, PhD or the equivalent.


Financial support of $25,000 for a short-term research experience in the tropics. Funding is provided to defray travel costs, living expenses and/or research abroad.

Eligibility details

Full-time post-doctoral fellows (PhD, DVM, MD or equivalent) with positions at North American institutions who study any tropical infectious disease in arbovirology and/or emerging tropical infectious diseases. Co-mentors must be identified both at a North American institution and at an international institution or site. Sponsoring North American and international institutions are responsible for assuring that the proposed studies are compliant with contemporary regulations, including those related to human subjects and pathogens. Projects must begin after August 1, 2014. Preference will be given to: --- applicants with student membership in ASTMH --- applicants sponsored by an ASTMH member --- applications focused on arbovirology and studies of related pathogens.

AMEX International, Inc. - Accepting Applications for Program Manager and Deputy Program Manager

They will be located full-time in AMEX's Washington, DC headquarters office. Duties that will be shared include those provided for the Program Manager:

The Program Manager shall be a qualified human resources (HR) or personnel specialist, with relevant educational credentials and ten years of directly relevant work experience. The Program Manager will work closely with the contract's technical officer (CTO) to ensure maximum recruitment of institutional contractor employee positions, consistent hiring practices, and comprehensive orientation. S/He must have experience with and a background in financial management and employment contracts negotiation. The Program Manager will prepare employment agreements for the advisor placements, negotiate terms and conditions, and prepare employment packages for CTO approval.

These persons will be in charge of recruiting for short- and long-term specialists in all health areas, including Epidemiology, Epidemiologic & Biostatistical Methods, Health Policy & Financing, Infectious Diseases, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Child Health, and Women's & Reproductive Health.

Applicants must hold a relevant graduate degree. Requirements of qualified applicants also include:
•At least 10 years in the field of international health and development
•Project design and management
•Setting all salaries and conducting salary negotiations with candidates
•Reviewing and approving monthly invoices
•Recruiting, hiring, and maintaining a cadre of technical, professional, operational, and support staff that work worldwide on short- and long-term bases
•Ensuring consistent hiring practices and comprehensive orientations
•Supervising and providing daily support to project staff, including travel coordinator and other logistical support staff
•Drafting job descriptions and performance standards
•Developing training materials in the area of quality improvement of health care services Prior human resources management of USAID-funded projects is preferred.

Applicants are requested to review the existing GHSI II requirements, which are attached. Interested and qualified candidates need to send their current resume, completed 1420 form, and an AMEX skills summary as soon as possible to: Please use the subject line GHSI. We will contact candidates of interest and we will send them the current RFP requirements as soon as they are issued by USAID. Learn more here.

Susan Ford Dorsey Fellowship for Field Research in Africa

The Susan Ford Dorsey Fellowship for Field Research in Africa is awarded to outstanding Stanford doctoral students who are engaged in research on sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship provides financial support for PhD candidates to undertake field research in Africa in support of their dissertation projects. Applications are welcome from doctoral students across all disciplines in the School of Humanities and Sciences, though applicants should be attentive in their proposals to the broader implications of their research as it relates to contemporary issues and debates of importance to the African continent. Both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects are welcome, and priority will be given to those projects with the greatest promise to improve our understanding of Africa. After completion of field research, Ford Dorsey fellows will become affiliates of the Center for African Studies, taking full part in the intellectual life of the Center. Fellowship funding is for three quarters of dedicated field research.

Application Deadline – April 25, 2014

All currently enrolled H&S Stanford Ph.D. candidates with priority given to those who have reached Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) status are invited to apply for the Susan Ford Dorsey Fellowship for Field Research in Africa. The dissertation field research must take place in sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the end of summer quarter 2014 and have a research proposal approved by their dissertation committee.

One fellowship will be awarded for 2014-15. Fellows will receive a stipend of $25,626. The fellowship covers TGR fees and 50% of insurance costs for the academic year. Fellows are expected to be enrolled in research units at Stanford for all three quarters of the academic year while in the field. Fellows will be asked to submit a narrative report of their fieldwork (approximately 8-10 pages) at the end of their fellowship, and present their research at a public forum at the Center for African Studies.

1. No other employment, assistantship, or fellowship may be held concurrently. Exceptions to this restriction must be approved by the Center for African Studies.
2. Fellows must be Center affiliates for one full academic year following completion of field research and present their research at a Center for African Studies public forum.
3. Fellows will submit a narrative report of their fieldwork at the end of their fellowship.

Instructions for Application:

Curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages, a timetable for completion of research and degree, a current unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty evaluating the quality of the research project and its successful and timely completion (one must be from the principal dissertation advisor). In addition, the application requires a 5 page statement (single-spaced, including all notes and references). The statement should address the following:

a) Summary of dissertation research, including its contribution to your field

b) Description of objectives and concrete plans for fieldwork, including how data collection is essential for successful completion of the project

c) How current work is related to contemporary issues and debates of importance to the continent of Africa

Email to request a Fellowship Application, and mail/deliver to:
Center for African Studies
100 Encina Commons
615 Crothers Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6045

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges

1) Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 6, 2014 on the following topics:

• New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
• Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
• Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
• Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
• Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available here.

NIH NIAID International Research in Infectious Diseases

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 22, 2014; May 22, 2015; May 20, 2016

Amount of funding: up to $125K direct costs per year for up to 5 years. See guidelines here.

Studies may be proposed on any aspect of infectious disease research (except clinical trials), including but not limited to: the epidemiology, natural history, pathogenesis, immunopathogenesis of infectious diseases; epidemiologic studies to define the incidence, clinical presentations, and outcomes of diseases; identification of resistance patterns; characterization of susceptible cohorts for a particular pathogen; pilot and feasibility studies in preparation for larger studies. HIV/AIDS studies must address NIAID priorities described here.

United States Pharmacopeial Convention Position: Manager, Africa Programs - Based in Rockville, MD

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention is seeking a Manager, Africa Programs in Rockville. This supervisory position supports the Global Health Impact Programs (GHIP) department by managing activities of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) cooperative agreement between USP and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for USAID targeted African countries. This role manages PQM staff in developing appropriate activities to address the quality of medicines in USAID targeted African countries. This individual provides direct technical leadership to improve pharmaceutical quality assurance systems while working with stakeholders.

REQUIRES: Education: Master's degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or related field required. Experience: Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in public health in developing countries; minimum of five years of supervisory experience; Prior experience in a scientific based industry and knowledge of cGMP in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry required; USAID experience preferred; International travel required up to 25%. Click here to apply.

United States Pharmacopeial Convention Position: Program Manager, Asia - Based in Rockville, MD

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention is seeking a Program Manager, Asia in Rockville. This is non-supervisory program management position in which the incumbent works as part of a team to design and develop specific health and pharmaceutical programs in countries or regions for USP's United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement, and develops other contracts or grants for work in developing countries. Develops training materials and/or provides training for country project participants. Analyzes drug quality data; prepares publications and reports. This individual will communicate with USAID and other funding sources as required. The position is based in USP's corporate headquarters in Rockville, MD, and focuses on Asia and Near-East.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: PharmD and one year of experience in a related field or Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Chemistry or a related field and three years of relevant experience, including strong international experience. Experience with quality assurance/ quality control of pharmaceuticals required. Click here to apply.

United States Pharmacopeial Convention Position: Senior GMP Specialist - Rockville, MD

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention is seeking a Sr. GMP Specialist in Rockville. This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position where the incumbent understands the standards and principles of auditing manufacturing facilities for current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliance. The incumbent will analyze all elements of a quality system and judging its degree of compliance with the criteria of quality management, evaluation and control systems. The individual leads companies in compiling dossiers for World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification's CTD and other dossiers. The incumbent establishes manufacturing, QA, QC process, and documentation requirements for WHO prequalification, and other regulatory programs. He/she partners with the director in the evaluation of cGMP, QA, and manufacturing batch records received from manufacturers. Contributes to qualify pharmaceutical manufacturers for essential drugs supply chain management as well as for generic industry for affordable drugs worldwide.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Bachelor's degree in Science. Experience: Minimum of seven (7) years of work experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or government drug regulatory authority required; Hands-on manufacturing experience with tablet, capsule and parental pharmaceutical products are strongly preferred; Minimum of five years' experience in at least two of the following: pharmaceutical CGMP compliance, pharmaceutical supply chain management, pharmacology, medicines evaluation. 3 years of training and management experience in international programs, developing countries preferred; Ability to travel at least 20-25% of the time both domestic and internationally. Click here to apply.

Senior Research Scientist - Director of Research for the Indiana University AMPATH Resarch Program

The IU Center for Global Health (IUCGH) is seeking a senior research scientist to serve as Director of Research for the Center and North American Director of Research for the IU-AMPATH Research Program. This is a key position within the administration of research for both the IUCGH and the AMPATH Consortium, a network of North American academic institutions led by Indiana University that partners with Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. We are seeking an active investigator with sufficient experience and maturity to work collaboratively for and within the IUCGH and its consortium of North America and East African universities that conduct research to advance the health of the people in low-income countries. In partnership with AMPATH's Kenyan Co-Director of Research, the North American Director of Research establishes policies and practices that assure high-quality research and research productivity with processes that comply with the policies of major extramural research sponsors and collaborating universities. He/she commits the majority of his/her professional work life to this administrative work and also conducts his/her own research in a personal portfolio. He/she also seeks to replicate the success of the IU-AMPATH Research Program in other low-income countries. Interested candidates should email CVs both to the IUDOM address and selection committee.

American Society of Human Genetics Fellowships

These unique programs are based on a strong and enduring partnership between ASHG and the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH. The two programs are: the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship and the Genetics and Education Fellowship, designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of national genomics. Both fellowships are 16 months, beginning in September 2014 and continuing through December 2015, and are open to individuals with advanced degrees in human genetics or related fields, prior experience in policy or education, as appropriate, and eligibility to work in the U.S. Completed applications must be received by April 25, 2014. For additional information and application materials, please click here.

Project Coordinator: The Women's Global Health Imperative

The Women's Global Health Imperative at RTI International's San Francisco office is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to work on a newly-funded 5-year USAID cooperative agreement to develop a thin-film polymer device for long acting antiretroviral-based HIV prevention. If interested please apply here. For more information, contact Ariane van der Straten.

Deputy Director, Neglected Infectious Diseases - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Neglected Infectious Disease Team (PST) is recruiting a Deputy Director (DD) to support the Director NID and the NID team in achieving its impact goals by managing the execution of its disease strategies through the Foundation's highly matrixed organization. Each of the PILs will report through the Deputy Director regarding alignment and execution of our disease strategies. The DD will also manage one or more of the priority disease initiatives of the NID Program, as PIL, however the DD will be expected to manage few if any grants directly. This position is Seattle based and will report directly to the Director, Neglected Infectious Diseases.

The Deputy Director will be expected to:
- Act as senior expert resource on Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases.
- Responsibilities of the Deputy Director are prioritized to managing strategy implementation through Foundation staff. Travel should be limited to a maximum of 20% of available time.
- Help the NID Program Strategy Team manage its disease area strategies, maintain alignment with strategy and monitor their implementation
- In partnership with the Director and the NID team contribute to the development of new disease strategies and to keeping our ongoing disease strategies current and relevant
- Support the Director in all programmatic aspects of management of the NID PST.
- This role manages people and is responsible for communicating performance expectations, leading individual goal setting and performance evaluation, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.
- Attend meetings to represent the foundation and shape global, regional and country agendas in line with foundation strategy. May serve on external boards and working groups.
- Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance
- Provide strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics
- Lead one or more NID disease strategy initiatives. As Priority Initiative Lead make and manage grants, manage internal processes and initiative progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, budgeting and reporting, as requested by the Director
- Collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities.
- Consult with grantees and other partners to maximize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning.
- Conduct high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with partners in the field.

For more information, click here.

Roux Prize at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a data-driven public health research unit based at the University of Washington in Seattle and supported by the Gates Foundation. To be eligible for the Roux Prize, a nominee must use Global Burden of Disease data in his or her work.

For more information, please click here.

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program

(R03) PA-13-179, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Applications are encouraged from organizations/institutions that propose to conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on the following: dengue, influenza (including avian influenza), malaria, enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological vaccine research may be proposed.

Eligibility: faculty with PI eligibility (faculty with UTL, MCL and NTL-Research appointments) and CE faculty may apply if they request and receive approval for their CE Faculty PI waiver; only U.S. and India Organizations are eligible to apply.

Standard R03 small grant deadlines: June 16, Oct. 16
Standard AIDS-related deadlines: May 7, Sept. 7

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Open Letters of Inquiry 

Letters of intent accepted on an ongoing basis. Guidelines can be found here.


Discovery & Translational Sciences
Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases
Neglected Infectious Diseases

Step 1: Download the LOI Instructions
Step 2: Download and Complete the LOI Application Form
Step 3: Submit your LOI online

General News:

In the latest round of seed grant funding from the Vice Provost of Online Learning's Office, Lauren Maggio and John Willinsky (Graduate School of Education) were awarded funds to design and teach the course Open Education, Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning. This hybrid MOOC course will entail the collaboration of instructors from the US, Canada, Brazil, Ghana and Mexico and will be bilingual (Spanish-English). To be offered in Fall 2014, the course will examine how the global flow of learning and knowledge operates through new digital technologies, intellectual property regimes, and funding models, while addressing economic disparities, colonial legacies, educational standards, and population shifts.

Also another global health initiative to be co-taught with Makerere was also awarded funds in this round:
Among the school's latest offerings is Introduction to Essential Emergency Care, which will experiment with new teaching models for medical students in developing countries. The course, which also received funding from OIA, will be taught at Stanford and at Makerere University in Uganda. Find more information here.

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