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Next Generation Of Global Health Researchers Get A Financial Shot In The Arm

Aired 4/4/12 on KPBS News.

Aspiring global health researchers can spend up to a year abroad, thanks to a new grant from the National Institutes of Health.

UC San Diego is one of 16 universities nationwide that will take part in a new effort to train the next generation of global health researchers. The National Institutes of Health will spend more than $20 million on the program.

The money will be for trainees to do a nearly year-long research project in a foreign country. Trainees will study some of the developing world's most vexing health problems, including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Steffanie Strathdee is assistant dean of global health sciences at UC San Diego. She said the program will give aspiring global health researchers a financial shot in the arm.

"I get emails every single day from students and fellows that want to go for an international experience," Strathdee said, "and there hasn't been money to send them. So this is going to be a very attractive opportunity for people, that will change their careers."

Doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows will compete for the grants. Participating UC schools hope to give the awards to 10 people later this year.

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