|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Fogarty International Center Announces First Awards for International Collaborative Genetics Research Training Program
- Dr. Michael Escamilla and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Costa Rica, will train Costa Rican psychiatric residents, psychiatrists, and postdoctoral students in psychiatric genetics. The project will include training in ethics and social issues related to psychiatric genetic research, as well as training in clinical psychiatric genetic research and molecular biology. The project is intended to create a self-sustaining core of Costa Rican genetics researchers.
- Dr. Joel Gelernter and colleagues at the Yale University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, will conduct a research-training program in the genetics of drug dependence and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics research. Thai researchers will receive short- and long-term fellowships to train in the United States. The project will also support one-month field exchange training rotations in Thailand for U.S. trainees. The overall goal of the project is to build research capacity to confront Thailand's rapidly growing epidemic of drug dependence.
- Dr. T. Conrad Gilliam and colleagues at Columbia University, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Zulia in Venezuela, will provide training in the genetics of common hereditable disorders relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders. Students and fellows will receive training in human genetics and associated ethical issues. In addition to carrying out independent research projects, trainees will learn about the process of developing low-cost diagnostic methods for neurodegenerative diseases.
- Dr. Ethylin Jabs and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University will collaborate with researchers at Peking Union Medical College and Peking University in Beijing, China, to provide training in the principles of genetic research on complex disorders, including birth defects and chronic diseases. Building expertise in the ethical, social, and legal implications of human genetics research will be an integral part of the curriculum.
- Dr. Vishwajit Nimgaonkar and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh will collaborate with scientists at Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, India, to conduct research training in psychiatric genetic epidemiology and ethics. In addition to conventional didactic and practical training in the United States, the program will involve supervised field training in New Delhi. The long-term goal of the program is to better understand severe psychiatric disorders. The data resulting from this project will facilitate future genetic counseling and gene mapping efforts.
- Dr. Daniel Weeks and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with The Chatterjee Group-Indian Statistical Institute Centre for Population Genomics in Calcutta, India, will build genetic-epidemiological research capacity in India. Their research-training project focuses on genetic epidemiology and ethical conduct of human genetics research in India, with particular emphasis on statistical and computational genomics and molecular genomics. It will generate trained personnel for developing large-scale genetic epidemiological studies in India and will foster collaborations in human genetics research between scientists in India and the United States.
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