Thirteen awards have been made to U.S. universities to extend the geographic scope of NIH research training efforts in this critical area. The long-term objective is to train teams of scientists in regions of the world that provide unique opportunities to understand the fundamental biology and epidemiology and control of emerging microbial diseases. The program focuses on research
training in the changing patterns of infectious diseases, including genetic evolution, geographic spread, and social factors such as economic development and land use. Funded projects include research training programs that encompass five major research themes: emerging and re-emerging viruses; parasitic infections; bacterial diseases; other infectious diseases of local, national, and international importance; and cross-cutting themes such as microbial resistance to drugs. Support for this grant program will total approximately $1.9 million per year over the next five years.
Dr. Philip E. Schambra, Director of the FIC, announced the awards. He noted that because of the growing health challenge posed by emerging infectious diseases, this program aims to strengthen the capacity of scientists to understand and respond to outbreaks more effectively in the collaborating countries and globally. Citing the emphasis that President Clinton has placed on the threat of emerging infectious diseases, Dr. Schambra said that the ITREID program would play an important role in the battle against emerging infections. "We expect that there will be advances in research as well as in improved domestic and international surveillance and prevention and response measures" he said, adding that "these measures respond to recommendations in the report of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on International Science, Engineering, and Technology Working Group entitled "Infectious Diseases--A Global Health Threat."
The following universities were successful applicants in the first review cycle under this program:
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Joel Breman, Deputy Director, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room B2C39, 31 CENTER DR., MSC 2220, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2220; Phone: 301-496-1653; fax: 301-402-2056; e-mail: email@example.com.