Center for Global Health

MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-8207
Fax: (505) 272-8441

Training Opportunities

The Center for Global Health has numerous multidisciplinary global health training and educational opportunities available at UNM and our international research sites. Please click on each tab to view more information about our global training sites:

Training: Hantavirus in Chile and Panama

Hantavirus Ecology, Virology, and Clinical Investigations

Peromyscus maniculatus

Peromyscus maniculatus, the deer mouse
that aids in spreading hantavirus to humans

The Fogarty International Center training program, Training in hantavirus ecology, virology, and clinical investigation in the Americas (5D43TW001133), Principal Investigator Dr. Gregory Mertz has been funded since 1999 and is currently funded through June 2011. The program involves short-term training in Chile at theP. Universidad Catolica and the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile, with short- and long-term training at UNM. Training in Chile has included field training in ecology and modeling, including training in satellite imagery analysis, mark-recapture trapping, and radio-telemetry to mark rodent movements. Integration of data from each of these sources with data on hantavirus infection in rodents and precise mapping of human cases allows development of dynamic models based on fine-scale spatial analysis. Training in Chile also focuses on development of clinical, laboratory, and biostatistics research infrastructure with administrative, virology/immunology, and biostatistics cores. The latter has involved training and maintaining core clinical research teams, comprised of clinical investigators, research nurses, research pharmacists, and laboratory technicians, in a clinical research network at the University and regional tertiary care centers throughout central and southern Chile.

Each year the Fogarty and ICIDR hantavirus programs jointly sponsor a meeting that is attended by all members of the core clinical research groups, ecologists, virologists and immunologists, and the members of the biostatistics core. The annual meeting includes a one-day refresher course on Good Clinical Practices, data management and ethics, a two-day research meeting, and two days of interdisciplinary meetings to focus on the three research projects and three cores. Investigators from UNM and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Panama, as well as clinicians, ecologists and virologists from Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil also regularly attend the annual meeting. The ecologists also typically schedule field work before or after the meeting at one of the long-term monitoring sites or at a radio-telemetry site.

Short- and long-term training opportunities are also provided at UNM. Fogarty-sponsored long-term training includes doctoral training in ecology, modeling, and virology; fellowship training in infectious diseases; and post-doctoral training for PhD biologists who are mentored by UNM faculty.

Pediatric Malaria, HIV-1, and Bacteremia Training in western Kenya

Fogarty Fellows

Fogarty fellow giving a lecture to the
community on sickle-cell anemia in Kenya

Activities in Kenya were established in 2002 by Dr. DJ Perkins with the formation of the International Malaria Training and Research Program (IMTRP) funded by the Fogarty International Center (D43 TW05884).  Activities  originally focused on training and research in severe malarial anemia. However, based on the important need to train African investigators in the areas of HIV-1 and related pediatric co-infections,  supplemental funding was awarded to expand the program to include research in pediatric HIV, bacteremia, and  additional pediatric infectious diseases.

Moreover, since there was a critical shortage of investigators in sub-Saharan Africa who were engaged in medical / bioinformatics, additional FIC funding was obtained to provide training in these areas through utilization of novel informatics systems that Dr. Perkins, Dr. Greg Davenport, and his colleagues established in western Kenya. The program currently  trains master’s candidates, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members in Kenya, through continued collaboration with Kenyatta University (KU), Nairobi, Kenya, and KEMRI (Centre for Global Health Research), Kisumu, Kenya.

Training for endemic area scientists is offered in the areas of genetics, molecular immunology, biostatistics/bioinformatics, and information and communication technologies (ICT), with the primary disease focuses being on severe malarial anemia, HIV-1, and bacteremia in pediatric populations. The goal of the IMTRP is to train endemic area scientists who will be able to function independently within Kenya to meet the overwhelming morbidity and mortality placed on their society by pediatric infectious diseases. This training environment offers a unique opportunity to incorporate trainees into the UNM Center for Global Health.

The field-research and training opportunities are offered at the facilities in Kisumu and Siaya, western Kenya, a holoendemic area of Plasmodium falciparum transmission and a region with the highest rates of pediatric HIV-1 in Kenya, as well as primary academic institutions in Kenya: Kenyatta University and Maseno University.

International rotations

Clinical training will occur at selected international sites that are integrated with UNM.

Focus areas for clinical training include malaria, leishmaniasis, childhood diarrhea, HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue fever, viral encephalitis, trypanosomiasis, infectious hepatitis and helminthic infections. The evolving role of global chronic diseases  epidemics, such as  diabetes and cardiac disease, will also be explored, with particular emphasis on the interplay between health care delivery and disease epidemiology in the developing world.

It is anticipated that the first set of clinical offerings will be available during the 2010 academic year with continued growth of the programs thereafter. Clinical opportunities will be developed for all levels of trainees at UNM. An elective tropical medicine clerkship for fourth year medical students is under development which will provide a 6-8 week experience involving both classroom didactic seminars and structured ward and ambulatory clinic rotations at one of the international sites.

Similar elective rotations for resident physicians and clinical fellows at UNM are planned. Details of the curricula and organization of overseas rotations will be provided in future updates of this site.

Partners for Clinical Rotations

Partners participating in the clinical rotations are listed below:

UNM Certificate in Global Health

The overall purpose of this newly formed certificate program is to create a unified educational experience, with well-defined didactic course work, and practical experience in a global health setting, so that students can obtain the cross-disciplinary training required to address current and future global health issues. In addition, to the didactic course work, the program will provide a funded summer research internship at one of UNM international sites (Kenya, India, Panama, or Chile) for up to 5 students per annum.

The certificate program is an interdisciplinary graduate program open to students in the Biomedical Research Graduate Program, other School of Medicine programs, the College of Nursing programs, the College of Pharmacy programs and the School of Engineering Program in Biomedical Engineering. It is also open to students and clinical trainees who already have a graduate degree in a basic science, public health, medical, clinical, engineering or social science discipline (MD, PhD, MS, PharmD, ScD and MPH).

To obtain more information or to apply for the program please see the information at http://hsc.unm.edu/som/research/brep/cert_globalhealth.shtm.