2019 Global Health Seed Grant Recipients

May 31, 2019

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

  • Peter Larsen, UMN School of Veterinary Medicine: Molecular epidemiology of enteric pathogens associated with the peridomestic rodents of Sarawak, Borneo. Co-PI: Faisal Ali Anwarali Khan, University of Malaysia, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo).
  • Richard MacLehose, UMN School of Public Health: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and Cognitive Practices among Tibetan Buddhist Monks. Co-investigators: Gelek Gyatso, Drepung Loseling Monastery, Mundgod, Karnataka, India; Bryce Johnson, Science for Monks, Dharamsala, India; Dedra Buchwald, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University; and Mathew Varghese, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.
  • Erica Schorr, UMN School of Nursing: Use of a wearable device to examine the relationships among physical activity, sedentary time and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes in Thailand: A pilot study. Co-PI: Wantana Maneesriwongul, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Kelly Searle, UMN School of Public Health: Malaria risk, prevention, and health seeking behaviors in Sussundenga, Mozambique. Co-investigators: João L. Ferrão, Faculty of Engineering, Catholic University of Mozambique in Chimoio, Mozambique.
  • Reuben Harris, UMN College of Biological Science: A Role for Cellular APOBEC Enzymes in Protection from HBV Infection. Co-PI: Zhongliao Fang, Guangxi Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, China.
  • Kumi Smith, UMN School of Public Health: Standardized Patients to Measure and Address HIV Stigma in China. Co-investigator: Ligang Yang, Chang Wang, Ryan Luo, Guangdong Center for STD Control & Prevention, China.
  • Ruby Nguyen, UMN School of Public Health: The 30 Years Cohort Study on the Relationship Between Low Birth Weight and Metabolic Syndrome. Co-PI: Kittipan Rerkasem, Research Institute for Health Sciences (RIHES), 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 CGHSR Global Health Seed Grants RFP is expected in Spring 2020.