Dr. Nida Shaikh shares initial results at DEBATE 2017

Dr. Nida Shaikh is a current VECD fellow researching at the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation in Chennai. Overall, her research will focus on long-term effects of an individualized coordinated care intervention on dietary patterns and cardiovascular risk factors in individuals with co-morbid diabetes and depression: the INDEPENDENT study.

Dr. Shaikh recently spoke at DEBATE 2017 to share baseline results from the INDEPENDENT study in her talk “Dietary, exercise, and substance use practices among adult with diabetes and depression: baseline results from INDEPENDENT study”. This INDEPENDENT study is a randomized control trial that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated multi-condition depression and diabetes care intervention for diabetes patients in four cities in India (Chennai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, and Bengaluru) who have clinically significant depression symptoms. Dr. Shaikh evaluated the relationship between severity of depression and lifestyle practices (diet, physical activity, and alcohol and tobacco use) among adults with type 2 diabetes in India. The initial conclusions were that severity of depression was associated only with physical activity and alcohol use among adults with type 2 diabetes in India.

For more information on Dr. Shaikh’s research, please refer to our current fellows page.

View photos from VECD Conference 2017

View the latest photos from the VECD Conference: Chronic Consequences of Global Infectious Diseases here!

VECD Conference: Global health explores future needs

The VECD Conference (Chronic Consequences of Global Infectious Diseases) was held in Nashville, TN from January 22-24, 2017. Speakers included Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Roger Glass, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Fogarty International Center, Douglas Lowy, M.D., Acting Director, National Cancer Institute, along with other notable panelists from the NIH and leaders of global health.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter highlighted the conference, and explained how in Deborah Birx’s perspective we should be answering the questions of tomorrow in global health. Read the full article here.

VECD Alum Making an Impact on Diabetes in Kenya

Dr. Paul Park, a VECD alumni who now serves as the Director of Non-Communicable Disease at Partners in Health (Rwinkwavu, Rwanda), was recently recognized for his contributions to diabetes research efforts in Kenya. The full article can be found on the Duke Global Health Institute website. Congratulations, Dr. Park!

VECD Global Health Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018

The Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Fogarty Global Health Fellowship program is seeking applicants for the 2017-2018 training year. The purpose of this program is to support an 12-month mentored research fellowship for clinical investigators studying diseases and conditions in developing countries and to build international health research capacity.

Application and more information are available online.

Fellow Steve Sumner Investigates Rise of Motorcycle Injury in Tanzania

2012-2013 VECD Fellow Steve Sumner discusses his work in Tanzania.


VECD Program Leader, Nathan Thielman, Receives Duke 2012 Outstanding Mentoring Award

Thielman, MD serves as Associate Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Global Health, based in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Duke U. Medical Center, and is Director of Duke’s Global Health Residency/ Fellowship Pathway.  He is one of many exceptional mentors in global health from Duke University, and the recipient of Duke University’s 2012 Outstanding Mentoring Award.

Read the full story on the Duke Global Health Institute website.

Vanderbilt-Vietnam Collaboration to Increase Mental Health Research Capacity in Southeast Asia

Bahr Weiss, PhD, Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development and VECD US Site Director for sites in Vietnam has been awarded a NIH Fogarty International Center / NIMH NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Lifespan D-43 award, Increasing Mental Health Research Infrastructure in Southeast Asia. This new grant, which began July 20th, 2012, builds on Weiss’ and his colleague’s ongoing collaboration within Vietnam National University (VNU), and is focused on enhancing the Clinical Sciences program in Vietnam by supporting VNU research, education, and training in mental health research.

The ultimate goal of this award, is to permanently increase research capacity in Southeast Asia – primarily in Vietnam and Cambodia but also secondarily in Laos and ultimately other Southeast Asian LMIC – in regards to developing culturally-appropriate, research-based treatments for mental health problems; planning, designing, and conducting intervention trials to empirically evaluate these treatments as well as address secondary questions (e.g., determining mediators of treatment effects); and disseminating research results so as to favorably impact on service provision. These endeavors represent a continuation of two Vanderbilt-VNU ICOHRTA grants (D43-TW05805: Training Child Intervention Researchers in Vietnam; D43 TW007769: Development of a PhD Clinical Sciences Program in Vietnam). A central focus of this project has been development of a research-oriented graduate Clinical Sciences (clinical psychology) program at the School of Education, Vietnam National University in Hanoi; to date, three cohorts of masters students have been enrolled, with the first cohort currently graduating. The Ph.D. program is slated to open in 2014.

VNU’s Clinical Sciences program will be supported for further development of VNU faculty in regards to research, clinical, instructional / mentoring, and administrative expertise and through the development of a Subspecialty in Trauma and PTSD. Another significant aspect of this program expansion will be the broadening of the geographical impact of the program within Southeast Asia as well as within Vietnam. This award will allow the program to increase the geographical diversity of the graduate students based within Vietnam, by supporting students who live a significant distance from the university. Additionally Vanderbilt and VNUE will collaborate with the Psychology Department at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia to enhance their graduate program in Clinical Psychology and Trauma Treatment, by providing training for RUPP faculty at VNU, technical support around curriculum development, and supporting small collaborative student research projects.

Bahr Weiss, PhD, Vanderbilt, and his research team have been funded by NIH and working together in Vietnam since 2001. His team currently has five active NIH grants being implemented in Vietnam, plus an ARRA training supplement and a Fogarty Fellowship, and he serves as PI on a domestic child intervention R01 grant and co-PI on another R01 child intervention grant in the U.S. Dr. Weiss is PI on a five-site NIH funded project (R01 MH077697, Cultural Effects on Stress, Coping, and Symptom Expression) assessing the effects of cultural factors on the relationships between stress, coping, and mental health symptom manifestation in U.S. and Vietnamese adolescents, and has extensive experience in managing large, multi-site international projects.

Vietnam National University and Danang Psychiatric Hospital are fellowship sites for the VECD Global Health Consortium.

The Consortium at Work: Highlighting Two Fellow Alumnus

Below, Fogarty Fellow Alumnus Dr. Gerald Bloomfield and Dr. Mark Huffman discuss issues in cardiology and global chronic diseases. Drs. Bloomfield & Huffman were introduced at the NIH Orientation for Fogarty Fellows in 2010 before departing for their fellowships to work respectively with Duke University & Moi University, and Emory University & the Public Health Foundation of India.  They went on to co-author a paper in Circulation, which outlines some perspectives, opportunities and challenges surrounding global cardiovascular health research, and were highlighted in the Fogarty International Center’s Newsletter, Global Health Matters.

Dr. Bloomfield has since joined the faculty at Duke University, where he serves as a site director for our fellowship site at Moi University and Dr. Huffman is an Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University Center for Global Health.

NIH Courts Younger Researchers, Even as It Debates How Far to Go – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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