Capacity building in chronic non-communicable diseases at the American University

Summary

Principal Investigator: GHADA ELHAJJ FULEIHAN
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) will generate the human capital needed to conduct NCD-related research in general, and especially of NCDs most relevant to the needs of the LMIC (Lebanon) and its region. These include obesity, cardiovascular disorders, and hypovitaminosis D as a common link to both. SHARP will provide superior didactic teaching and hands on practical research experiences to 20 post graduate trainees or faculty members from four collaborating schools: Medicine, Nursing, Health sciences, Agriculture and Nutrition, with Harvard Colleagues. The Program will create and sustain at AUB a cadre of highly trained investigators in patient-oriented as well as population-oriented research from various disciplines: physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, public health officers, policy makers, and nutritionists, interested in pursuing careers in NCD research. The program will also provide trainees with leadership and management skills enabling them to become change-agents in research groups, academic departments, or other health care settings. SHARP spans from short to medium to long term training. The short term training consists of a summer intensive course that provides the essentials in epidemiology, biostatistics, research ethics, library medicine, and a practicum (total 12 credits) that allows the trainee a hands on experience using skills acquired and leads to the SHARP certificate. Candidates may elect to follow with work on an NCD project for 3-6 months (medium training), or proceed with completing the additional curricular requirements that lead to SHARP Master of Sciences degree (long-term training) that can be completed in one to two years. SHARP is a unique multifaceted, novel, and collaborative program at multiple levels: 1) it targets stakeholders engaged in health research from various educational and training backgrounds, 2) it combines a curriculum that addresses the needs of population-oriented as well as patient-oriented research, 3) it combines didactic teaching, with interactive longitudinal seminar series, and an intensive hands-on research experience through a mentored thesis project , 4) it pools resources and disciplines from the various collaborating Schools at AUB, 5) it bridges research and academia, clinical practice, management and health policy, 6) it addresses NCD health needs in Lebanon and the region.
Funding Period: 2012-09-01 - 2016-02-28
more information: NIH RePORT

Research Grants

  1. NIAMS Core Center: Skin Diseases Research Center
    Kevin D Cooper; Fiscal Year: 2013
  2. Semi-volatile PCBs: Sources, Exposures, Toxicities
    Larry W Robertson; Fiscal Year: 2013
  3. PAHs: New Technologies and Emerging Health Risks
    David E Williams; Fiscal Year: 2013
  4. VCU NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence
    Jerome F Strauss; Fiscal Year: 2013
  5. Claude D. Pepper OAIC
    Miriam C Morey; Fiscal Year: 2013
  6. University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
    Russell H Swerdlow; Fiscal Year: 2013
  7. Penn TREC Survivor Center
    Kathryn H Schmitz; Fiscal Year: 2013
  8. RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR) (U54)
    Valerie Montgomery-Rice; Fiscal Year: 2013

Detail Information

Research Grants31

  1. NIAMS Core Center: Skin Diseases Research Center
    Kevin D Cooper; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..A new dedicated server with >6 Terabytes of storage enables Electronic Lab Notebook utilization and intensive imaging and systems biology data applications. ..
  2. Semi-volatile PCBs: Sources, Exposures, Toxicities
    Larry W Robertson; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..These data and dietary studies in the last Aim will provide a scientific basis for risk assessment and advice for stakeholders with the ultimate goal to protect highly-exposed individuals and populations. ..
  3. PAHs: New Technologies and Emerging Health Risks
    David E Williams; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..Accomplishing these goals will provide significant scientific advancement and improve the quality of life for impacted communities. ..
  4. VCU NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence
    Jerome F Strauss; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  5. Claude D. Pepper OAIC
    Miriam C Morey; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..A Leadership and Administrative Core will direct and coordinate OAIC activities to ensure continued integration of center activities. ..
  6. University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
    Russell H Swerdlow; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..We are confident that incorporating our expertise within the ADC system will prove both practical and valuable, strengthen the existing ADC system, and advance the AD research field. ..
  7. Penn TREC Survivor Center
    Kathryn H Schmitz; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  8. RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR) (U54)
    Valerie Montgomery-Rice; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..Overall, the implementation of these specific aims will enable MSM to fulfill its long-term goal of translating discovery science into community-based solutions that ameliorate health disparities. ..