Gregory Kirk, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named a Fulbright Global Scholar to pursue research and mentorship focused on the global impact of the intersecting HIV and non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemics. From 2016 to 2019, he will spend 2 months each year working sequentially in Barbados, the Netherlands and South Africa. These 3 countries represent varied levels of economic development and burden of HIV and NCDs and will expand his current HIV and NCD research and mentoring in Baltimore and Uganda towards a truly global focus.

Recognizing the difficulties of senior academics to spend prolonged periods abroad, the Fulbright Global Scholar Award was created and first awarded this year. Dr. Kirk is an inaugural recipient of this competitive award which provides U.S. academics and professionals with the flexibility to engage in advanced trans-regional research activity or combined teaching/research activity.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

For more information, visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website: http://www.cies.org/

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