Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Recipients Announced

June 27, 2018

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2018-2019 Fogarty Global Health Fellowships. Fogarty fellows and scholars train in global health research for 12 months at a proposed study site at a collaborating institution in Uganda under the mentorship of University of Minnesota and Makerere University mentor teams. The Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota is led by Dr. Shailey Prasad in the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. The University of Minnesota is part of the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium that awards competitive fellowships annually. Application for the 2019-2020 fellowship cycle will open in August 2018.

Left to Right: Ahmed Ddungu, Tom Ngabirano, Theresa Piloya, Damalie NalwangaLeft to Right: Ahmed Ddungu, Tom Ngabirano, Theresa Piloya, Damalie Nalwanga

Kimberly Bonner, Scholar, Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Proposed Research: Drivers of vaccine acceptance among future healthcare professionals and vaccine access among adolescents and young adults in Uganda
Mentors: Nicole Basta (SPH, UMN), Cecily Banura (Institute for Child Development, Makerere University) and Kate Elder


Ahmed Ddungu, Fellow, Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University
Proposed Research: The role of transforming growth factor-beta1 as a predictor of lung function decline in a cohort of post-TB patients HIV infected patients
Mentors: Ken Kunisaki (Medical School, UMN), David Meya (Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University), and Christine Sekaggya (Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University)


Damalie Nalwanga, Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Makerere University
Proposed Research: Neurocognitive function among HIV infected children on protease inhibitor based versus non-protease inhibitor based antiretroviral therapy
Mentors: Sarah Cusick (Medical School, UMN), Victor Musiime (School of Medicine, Makerere University), Phillipa Musoke (School of Medicine, Makerere University)


Tom Ngabirano, Scholar, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
Proposed Research: Efficacy of a mobile telephone delivered psychosocial adaptation intervention to improve well-being and treatment outcomes of HIV infected persons in fishing communities in Uganda
Mentors: Cheryl Robertson (School of Nursing, UMN), Paul Bangirana (School of Medicine, Makerere University), Keith Horvath (SPH, UMN), Barbara McMorris (School of Nursing, UMN), Shailey Prasad (Medical School, UMN)


Teresa Piloya, Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Makerere University
Proposed Research: Vitamin D status and associated factors among children and adolescents infected with HIV in urban clinic in Uganda
Mentors: Sarah Cusick (Medical School, UMN), Richard Idro (School of Medicine, Makerere University), Sabrina Kitaka (School of Medicine, Makerere University)