Announcing Recipients of 2022 Global Health Seed Grants

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We are excited to announce the recipients of our Global Health Seed Grants for 2022. Each of the selected projects exemplifies the CGHSR mission and goals of the Seed Grants program, including to advance equitable international research collaborations and build effective and innovative interdisciplinary health science research.

This year, we are proud to support two projects with a strong interdisciplinary focus that span the globe and the University of Minnesota system.

From the Medical School's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, PI Kathryn Cullen has involved colleagues from the University of Minnesota, Rochester, and from the Weisman Art Museum in her work on mental health in Japan. And from the Department of Pediatrics, PI Beth Thielen will work with faculty and researchers from across the medical school as well as continuing longstanding UMN collaborations with Makerere University, Uganda. 

2022–2023 Seed Grant Recipients

Kathryn Cullen, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UMN Medical School
Project: Creativity and Inspiration to Promote Mental Health and Resilience in Young Adults in Japan

  • Co-investigators, UMN: Yuko Taniguchi, University of Minnesota Rochester; Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, UMN College of Liberal Arts; Boris Oicherman, UMN Weisman Art Museum; 
  • Co-investigators, Akita International University, Japan: Naoko Araki, Naeko Naganuma, Pamela Taylor, Kaeko Chiba, Joel Friederich

Beth Thielen, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, UMN Medical School
Project: Improving Diagnosis and Management of Viral Infections among Ugandan Children Undergoing Cancer Chemotherapy through Use of Next-generation Metagenomic Sequencing

  • Co-investigators, UMN: Kristen Bastug, UMN Medical School; Alice Lehman, UMN Medical School; Svatava Merkle, UMN Medical School; Alison Woods, UMN Medical School
  • Co-investigators, Uganda: Benigna Gabriela Namara, Makerere University; Nixon Niyonzima, Uganda Cancer Institute

We thank all of the investigators who took the time to submit thoughtful proposals to our seed grant program in 2022, as well as our reviewers and program managers. We hope you’ll consider preparing a proposal for our next funding cycle with the call for proposals to be announced in the first quarter of 2023.

Learn more about our Global Health Seed Grants Program