FIC Creates Global Health Program to Fight Chronic Diseases
The Fogarty International Center has launched a global health
program to fight chronic diseases.
Akinso: The Fogarty International Center has launched a global health program to fight chronic diseases.
Glass: We have a new program called the Millennium Promise Awards.
Akinso: Dr. Roger Glass is the Director of the Fogarty International Center.
Glass: They're intended to encourage scientific organizations interested in global health to engage in research aimed at these lifestyle diseases that are now emerging in the developing world.
Akinso: The program has a 1.5 million dollar a year grant to fund domestic and overseas training of researchers to fight chronic diseases in developing nations. Dr. Glass explains the intent of the program.
Glass: This program is aimed at strengthening research capacity in the developing world in developing a pipeline of young investigators in the developing world who can look at these problems as they appear in their own setting and begin to address them.
Akinso: About 60 percent of all deaths worldwide are attributable to chronic diseases and 80 percent of them occur in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Glass says that in addition to cancer, stroke, lung diseases, environmental factors, and obesity, the program will address a number of unique research approaches to combat chronic diseases worldwide.
Glass: Many of these diseases will require different approaches to research. Research on nutrition-clearly a long standing factor, behavioral changes, research that involves policies around issues such as smoking, health economics, environmental health risk factors and urban planning, to increase exercise-is an example. These are areas that we don't normally associate with the bench research for which NIH is world famous.Akinso: Grantees would receive funding of up to 220-thousand dollars a year for up to five years, with planning grants allocated up to 27-thousand dollars each year for up to two years. For more information, visit www.fic.nih.gov. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Dr. Roger Glass, Director of the Fogarty International Center
Topic: Global Health, Chronic Diseases, Millennium