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Checkley Awarded Two NIH Grants for Chronic Disease Research

Chronic diseases are currently responsible for over 70 percent of deaths worldwide, with over 80 percent occurring in low- and middle-income countries. The Center for Global Non-Communicable Disease Research and Training at Johns Hopkins University led by William Checkley, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, was awarded two five-year training grants starting September 2019 to build future capacity in chronic disease research in Peru (D43TW011502) and Uganda (D43TW011401) from the Fogarty International Center. The grant will allow for continuing collaborations between Johns Hopkins University and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to further training within this field.

Both grants total over $1.2 million each in funding aimed at training master and PhD students. The program in Peru will focus on advancing the field of pulmonary research and environmental health. The program in Uganda comprises all chronic diseases across the lifespan and emphasizes biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and implementation science research training. Together these awards will support 13 Master, 6 doctoral and 10 post-doctoral fellows who plan to bridge the gap between chronic disease research and practice within the Peruvian and Ugandan contexts. The programs will utilize expertise and mentorship and coursework from both local and JHU-based investigators to build the research skillsets of local junior investigators.

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Kelsey Bennett