Global Health Research Collaborative
College of Medicine researchers have long conducted global health research, whether by examining HIV prevention strategies in the Caribbean and South Africa, or by working to reduce post postpartum hemorrhage mortality rates in India, Ghana, and Nigeria. But in the fall of 2008, Joseph Flaherty, M.D., Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, launched a community-building initiative: the Global Health Research Collaborative.
Its immediate goal is to raise awareness of global health research opportunities and to encourage collaboration across the College of Medicine and the University of Illinois at large. Additionally, the GHRC aims to strengthen partnerships with international research institutions. “As the world grows smaller and more interdependent,” says Flaherty, “it is important we not only develop partnerships with our community, but join with our international friends so together we can create new knowledge, educational programs, and real solutions towards improving world health.”
Since its inception, the group has held monthly seminars and covered diverse topics, such as successfully managing ethics issues common to international research, and establishing strategies for building effective partnerships. The events have been well attended, with collaborators from multiple colleges, including the School of Public Health and the College of Nursing, participating alongside College of Medicine colleagues. Through these lectures and discussions, members learn about and support each other's work, may become a mentor, find a mentor, or receive information about beginning a career in global heath research.
The advisory board is comprised of experienced professionals and welcomes new members and future workshop ideas. For example, committee co- chair Stacie Geller, Ph.D., has been working for approximately ten years to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity related to post postpartum hemorrhage. “We would like to enhance research initiatives by bringing in new students, fellows, and junior faculty to work with senior researchers.” she says. “People can join and approach us with ideas about their work.”
The GHRC plans to move forward with additional networking opportunities and has established a list-serve for interested students, residents, clinical care providers, and faculty. For more information and to join, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org