Building upon momentum from the previous year, more than 40 international scientists, policymakers, and community representatives participated in the 2010 International Networking Forum at SPR to share knowledge and information about prevention strategies and interventions involving international collaborations. A major topic this year was planning for the 2011 SPR Annual Meeting, which will focus on international research and promoting global health.
Participants at the 2010 meeting of the Fogarty International Center International Tobacco Research and Capacity Building Network shared experiences on project management, research and training collaborations between domestic and foreign investigators, and connections between National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees and other U.S. Government and international tobacco research initiatives. Ms. Dale Weiss, NIDA International Program, chaired a session that featured presentations by four NIDA grantees: Dr.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program hosted a group of four Iraqis taking part in the Iraq–Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Initiative. In 2008, Iraq and SAMHSA launched the initiative, in which multidisciplinary behavioral health teams from Iraq visit SAMHSA and host sites around the United States to learn about various interventions the teams want to adapt for implementation in Iraq.
Ten researchers received travel awards to present their research at the poster session during the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) International Conference. NHSN, which fosters the development and advancement of Hispanic scientists to promote future leaders, chose as its theme for this year, “Pathway Toward Health Equities in Hispanic Populations.” The NHSN conference International Poster Session showcased ongoing research projects to generate discussion and create linkages for collaborations.
In a keynote address at the Partnering for Global Health Forum this past June, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., emphasized the importance of collaborative global health research to NIH and the United States.
Answering the question of why NIH should support global research, Dr. Collins noted, “What we learn in carrying out research in global health benefits our own citizens as well.” Quoting Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., Dean, Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Collins emphasized “Global is not the opposite of domestic.”