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Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium for Global Health Fellows (VECDor)

Jean William Pape

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium (VECDor) brings the substantial and complementary expertiseof experienced institutions to the Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program. The Vanderbilt Institute for GlobalHealth (VIGH) has served as the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS-F)Program Support Center since 2007, working with 87 partner institutions to nurture 419 competitively chosenpre- and postdoctoral trainees from the US and from 27 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Topicshave included infectious diseases, cancer, heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, nutrition, behavioral andmental health issues (including substance abuse), women's and children's health, ophthalmic disease, oralhealth, neurology, and animal-human health. VECDor's highly experienced global health mentors are alreadyworking together in the US and LMIC partner institutions, selected as diverse, well-funded research sites inAfrica (Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda), Asia (India, China, Vietnam), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico),and the Caribbean (Haiti). Using a highly efficient support center that maximizes the direction of funds toresearch training, and leveraging multiple sources of financial and in-kind co-funding, we will link with morethan 68 T32 and other NIH-funded training programs and with minority institution partners to select anddeploy 80 to 100 US and LMIC trainees with outstanding promise for research careers. VECDor willimplement a strategic mentoring and trainee support plan across the consortium, including a substantialpreparation phase prior to field deployment and continuing after the research year is completed, to ensurethe highest quality research publications and scientific meeting presentations, and maximum trainee success inobtaining research and career development grants. Research themes will address all topic andgeographical areas of interest to trainees and NIH Institutes and Centers, emphasizing both communicableand non-communicable diseases. We will document the Program's impact through a long-term monitoring andevaluation (M&E) plan that tracks the career directions and outputs of all Fellows, using FIC's CareerTracsystem, e.g., future employment, K grants, research grants, scientific presentations, and publications. We willfurther refine our existing web-based tools to share knowledge, foster local and global networking, andstrengthen and sustain clinical research skills among global health fellows and alumni. We have brokeredsubstantial institutional and site-based co-funding to leverage NIH resources. VECDor is built on the mutualrespect of our US and global partners and our collective track record of research innovation and mentorship.Combining our extensive recent experience in research training program management, robust researchfunding bases in major diseases of global significance, renowned international research training partners andsites, and enhanced institutional co-funding commitments, VECDor will continue to nurture key members of theglobal health research workforce of the 21st century, as we have done within the incumbent FICRS-F program.

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