2018 CHGSR Global Health Seed Grant Recipients

June 5, 2018

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is pleased to announce the recipients of the CGHSR Global Health Seed Grants for research in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Grants have been awarded to the following researchers:

Ryan Demmer, UMN School of Public Health: Cardiovascular disease risk factors among transgender persons in Thailand. Co-investigators: Kanokwan Kulprachakarn, Kittipan Rerkasem, and Sakaewan Ounjaijean, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Eva Enns, UMN School of Public Health: Cost-effectiveness analysis of antiretroviral treatment initiation strategies in the presence of efavirenz resistance in HIV-positive individuals in Mexico. Co-investigators: Fernando Alarid-Escudero and Yanink Caro-Vega, National Institutes of Health, Mexico.

Keith Horvath, UMN School of Public Health: A Pilot Test of a Technology-delivered HIV Self-Testing Intervention in Kampala, Uganda. Co-investigators: Agnes Kiragga, Makerere University, Uganda; John Mark Bwanika and Davis Musinguzi, The Medical Concierge Group Limited, Uganda.

Jonathan Kirsch, UMN Medical School: Improving primary care diagnosis and classification of dengue fever with bedside ultrasound: a pilot study. Co-investigators: Lyda Osorio, Universidad del Valle, Colombia; Katie Anderson and Stephen Dunlop, UMN Medical School.

Andres Perez, UMN College of Veterinary Medicine: Comparison of the environmental characteristics associated with human Leptospirosis in Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Argentina/Uruguay. Co-investigators: Chandika Gamage, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Eric Fèvre, University of Liverpool, UK and International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya; Bibiana Fel Brihuega, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Argentina; Andres Gil, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay.

Charles Salmen, UMN Medical School: Health Navigation for Emergency Referral Coordination: A 12-month implementation study to assess impact and feasibility of a sustainable maternal health model for remote island communities of Lake Victoria, Kenya. Co-investigator: Louisa Ndunyu, Maseno University, Kenya.

Beth Virnig, UMN School of Public Health: Building the evidence base to ensure achieving UHC drives healthy ageing. A pan-Asian ageing and health data harmonization project. Co-investigator: Paul Kowal, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

These projects will forge new collaborative research efforts between the University of Minnesota faculty and their colleagues around the world while building on the strength of ongoing studies and paving the way for increased student engagement in research. The review committee appreciated the quality of all submitted proposals and the representation of disciplines from across the health sciences.

CGHSR congratulates all the awardees and all of their collaborators on their achievements and wishes them all the best in their ongoing research. We trust that all proposals submitted foster continued discussion and collaboration to advance global health research activities. The next RFP is expected in Spring 2019.