2020 WORKSHOP ATTENDEES

For details about each attendee, click on their photo. Details about each NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow's research project and related consortium is linked below their profile information (select Go to Link).

Rebecca Bachman
Rebecca Bachman

Perú (NPGH) Rebecca is researching the effects of built environment change on the mental health and well-being of people living with dementia and their caretakers in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru, where an aging population and increasing burden of dementia has motivated the Peruvian government to establish guidelines for dementia care. Rebecca is a landscape architect whose work is focused on built environment design as a social determinant of health.

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Ehete Bahiru
Ehete Bahiru

Ethiopia (HBNU) I am a third-year cardiology fellow and a second year PhD student in Health Policy and Management at the University of California Los Angeles. My goal is to pursue a research-based career on global cardiovascular health services in sub-Sharan Africa. The goal of the current proposed project is to implement and evaluate the WHO-HEARTS initiative to transform hypertension care in urban centers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Venugopal Reddy Bovilla
Venugopal Reddy Bovilla

India (GHES) My research will focus on cervicovaginal microbiota and its association with inflammatory cytokines, lipid metabolites among healthy and HPV-infected women at risk for cervical cancer. Research interests are focused on the interface of a comprehensive understanding of infectious disease transmission, host-pathogen interactions and how new strategies of persistent infection and emerging/ re-emerging pathogens contribute to human disease.

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Anh Bui
Anh Bui

Vietnam (VECD ) I am an Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck surgeon. I received my PhD degree one year ago. In this fellowship, my project will focus on evaluating quality of life of patients suffered from cancer of oral cavity in Vietnam. I would like to dedicate my research career in spreading global health researches in my country by improving the network with experts from other countries.

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Nana Ama Bullock
Nana Ama Bullock

Ghana (GHES)For my fellowship, I will be utilizing a mixed-method approach to explore the factors that influence the behavior and risk of HIV infection among heterosexual men 18-65 years in rural and urban Ghana. First, I will be analyzing secondary data to assess demographic and personal factors that influence the HIV risk of men in Ghana. Then, I will conduct individual interviews with men to identify and explore the sociocultural factors that influence HIV risk infections among women in Ghana

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Rebecca Carter
Rebecca Carter

DR Congo (UJMT) Ms. Carter will spend her fellowship year at the Kinshasa School of Public Health in Kinshasa. Her research will focus on using mixed-methods to evaluate the implementation of a clinical mentoring program in two rural provinces of the DRC to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. During her fellowship year she will seek to understand the strengths and shortcomings of the clinical mentoring program across multiple stakeholder levels.

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Dirk Davis
Dirk Davis

Guatemala (GloCal) Dirk uses mixed methods to research global LGBTQ health, with a particular interest in the intersections of HIV, mental health and violence in Latin America. Dirk has worked in Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean in collaboration with various governmental, academic, and community-based organizations to improve the overall health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities since 2010.

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Dominique Eugene
Dominique Eugene

South Africa (HBNU) Dr. Eugene will spend her fellowship year at Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University (SU) under the mentorship of Soraya Seedat, MBChB, MMed (Psych), PhD. Her research will focus on the prevalence of women perpetrators of intimate relationship violence who have a history of childhood maltreatment and/or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Eugene is a clinical psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and registered play therapist.

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Keli Gerken
Keli Gerken

Kenya (GHES) Dr. Gerken is a veterinarian with a focus in public health and epidemiology. Her fellowship research will focus on assessing community risk of Rift Valley Fever virus in Kenya, an important zoonotic hemorrhagic fever. Using a One Health approach, the project will investigate risk factors for Rift Valley Fever from animal exposures and use focus group discussions with key stakeholders to assess preparedness, knowledge, and concerns of high risk groups.

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Amrita Gil
Amrita Gil

India (UJMT) I am a third-year doctoral student at Tulane School of Public Health and tropical Medicine, New Orleans. My Fogarty fellowship project is focused on the causes and consequences of violence specifically bullying victimization among adolescents living with and without HIV. I will also explore the effect of neighborhoods and social networks on violence and its consequences (substance use) among my study population.

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Annie Glover
Annie Glover

DR Congo (UJMT) Dr. Annie Glover’s project will address unsafe abortions that result in high rates of women's injury and death in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. During her fellowship she will work with medical and nursing schools and health providers to provide high quality critical care for women who present to health facilities with abortion complications. Dr. Glover currently serves as the director of research for the University of Montana Center for Children, Families, and

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Chipo Gwanzura
Chipo Gwanzura

Zimbabwe (GloCal) Chipo Gwanzura, MBChB, DipHIVMan, MMED (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), is an early career Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). She is currently completing her Fellowship of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. At present, Chipo is Vice President of the World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Claire Helpingstine
Claire Helpingstine

India (GHES) Claire Helpingstine is a doctoral candidate in psychology at Florida International University. Her research examines the ways in which gender, race, culture, and key social network processes inform perceptions and experiences of sex trafficking. Her project will identify Indian sex trafficking victims’ and service providers perceptions of the support structures that may have aid women in their exiting of trafficking.

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Kalei Hosaka
Kalei Hosaka

Tanzania (VECD) Kalei is a 4th year medical student at the University of Hawaii. He has a background in anthropology and ethnography and has worked with HIV communities in Delhi and San Francisco. Kalei will be in Moshi, Tanzania, working with youth living with HIV in a mental health intervention. He will use mixed methods to look at mental health outcomes, patterns of virologic resistance to ART, and describe the intervention’s implementation experience.

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Frances Knight
Frances Knight

Zambia (VECD) Frances recently completed her PhD in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she worked on engineering nanoparticle vaccines for respiratory infections, and she holds a master’s degree in immunology & global health from Maynooth University in Ireland. She will spend her fellowship year in Zambia assessing barriers to lowering the age of consent for HIV testing so that it can be provided in schools alongside routine HPV immunization.

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Katherine Ku
Katherine Ku

Ethiopia (VECD) Katherine is a fourth year medical student and MPH candidate at Touro University California. Katherine will be working with Dr. John Cranmer, DNP MPH ANP, and Dr. Abebe Gobezayehu, MD. The goal of her proposed project is to amplify community voices and facilitate community-driven neonatal sepsis strategy development that is both locally relevant and globally generalizable in the Amhara region in Ethiopia.

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Alexander Lankowski
Alexander Lankowski

Perú (NPGH) Alex’s research seeks to understand and address barriers to engagement in HIV care and prevention among marginalized populations. He is broadly trained in clinical infectious diseases, laboratory science, and epidemiologic methods, and has a growing interest in implementation research. His current work in Peru focuses on the development of interventions to support HIV testing and linkage to treatment/prevention through the use of mobile health and community-based service delivery

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Abigail Link
Abigail Link

Uganda (NPGH) Abigail plans to spend her Fulbright term evaluating the burden of disease and outcomes of patients with meningitis and meningitis symptoms admitted to Lira Regional Referral hospital in northern Uganda and evaluate the current available diagnostic tests, treatments and prevention measures that are instituted at this facility. She will also survey and interview patients and healthcare providers to understand their experiences with meningitis to identify gaps in care.

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Diana Marangu
Diana Marangu

Kenya (NPGH) Diana Marangu is a consultant paediatric pulmonologist based in Kenya. She will spend her fellowship year in Nairobi under the mentorship of Grace John-Stewart and Elizabeth Obimbo. Her research aims to determine the association between tuberculosis (TB)-related stigma and TB contact investigation, identify TB-related stigma reduction interventions relevant to Kenya and similar contexts, and develop a digital story de-stigmatization intervention.

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Kajal Mehta
Kajal Mehta

Nepal (NPGH) Kajal is a General Surgery resident at the University of Washington, and plans to specialize in Burns, Trauma and Critical Care. Broadly, her research interests are in burn care and trauma care system strengthening. Her current project focuses burn shock and major burn resuscitation using a novel technique of enteral (oral resuscitation), with a study to demonstrate feasibility of enteral resuscitation in moderate burn injuries.

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Aishatu Nalado
Aishatu Nalado

Nigeria (VECD) Is a Consultant Nephrologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano with an interest in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Kidneys. She will determine the prevalence and determinants of endothelial dysfunction among HIV positive patients on Anti-retroviral therapy with HIV negative patient.

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Miguel Sanchez
Miguel Sanchez

Perú (GloCal) Miguel Sánchez , MD is a graduate of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia psychiatry residency program.. He is currently focused on the early diagnosis, treatment and investigation of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Sánchez is spending his fellowship year at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima and Arequipa, Perú.

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Priya Shankar
Priya Shankar

India (NPGH) Priya Shankar is a pediatrician who plans on undertaking a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine. Her research focuses on adolescent health and gender inequality in India, the country with the largest adolescent population in the world.

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Victoria Shelus
Victoria Shelus

Uganda (HBNU) Victoria is a PhD candidate in Health Behavior. Broadly, her research aims to understand the behaviors and social dynamics that underlie the spread of infectious diseases, to develop community-level interventions for the prevention, treatment, and control of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. She will be spending her fellowship year exploring malaria case management practices at rural drug shops in Western Uganda.

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Bhawana Shrestha
Bhawana Shrestha

Nepal (NPGH) Bhawana’s research propose is to conduct an effectiveness-implementation study to assess the effectiveness of a peer-led multi-component lifestyle program that will aim to lower BP among pre-hypertensive individuals in Nepal. The program will aim to encourage weight loss, improve diet (using a DASH diet), lower sodium intake, encourage only moderate alcohol intake among drinkers, and encourage more physical activity through peers (trained lay pre-hypertensive individuals).

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Fiona Strasserking
Fiona Strasserking

Zambia (VECD) Fiona is a third-year cardiology fellow at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with an interest in cardiac imaging and heart failure. She will combine these interests to study peripartum cardiomyopathy and its implications on women in resource limited communities. Her project in Zambia will involve screening women with heart failure symptoms during and immediately after pregnancy and identify common risk factors that predispose them to the disease.

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Gabriela Vildósola
Gabriela Vildósola

Perú (NPGH) Gabriela is interested in environmental health and ecology. Her research will focus on studying the impact of the built environment at floating slum communities on the health of the residents of Iquitos, Perú. She will be under the mentorship of Jorge Alarcón, MLA Ph.D. (C), and Leann Andrews, MLA Ph.D. Gabriela is an architect, university professor, and Ph.D. candidate in Environment and sustainable development at Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana in Iquitos.

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Jessica Zafra Tanaka
Jessica Zafra Tanaka

Perú (NPGH) Jessica’s research aims to develop and pilot test a tool to improve quality of care of patients with stroke after discharge. To do so, she will have meetings with stakeholders and identify key steps in the continuum of stroke care that will later be used as indicators of quality. These indicators will be embedded on a tool to monitor patients through the continuum. She will then pilot test and assess acceptability, usability, among other criteria to help further improve the tool.

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