Q: Does the Duke Cardiology Program have faculty that are actively engaged in defining etiologies of cardiovascular disease internationally? Specifically in developing countries. My interest lies in etiologies, epidemiology and management of acquired heart disease in developing nations and I am searching for potential mentors from the program. Thank You.
A: Thank you for your interest and question. We have a very unique program in global cardiovascular health for fellows in our cardiology program. In collaboration with the Duke Global Health Institute, we have developed Centers of Excellence in several countries to study the epidemiology of acquired heart disease. For example, one of our recent fellows has been integral to developing a Center of Excellence in Eldoret, Kenya in collaboration with Moi University. As part of this project to evaluate risk factors for heart failure in Kenya, he was award a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship after his 2 clinical years of cardiology fellowship to support a year’s experience in Kenya. After his year in Kenya, he returned to our program to complete his fellowship and has now joined our faculty. As part of his career development, he successfully applied for a NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) and now spends half his faculty time in Kenya.
More recently, the Fogarty International Center has awarded a new Global Health Fellows and Scholars Program to a Consortium of Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Cornell University, and Duke University (VECDor). The award recognizes the long-standing commitment to global health and of collaboration across each of these universities and their collaborating international partners. The VECDor program provides supportive mentorship, research opportunities and a collaborative research environment for early stage investigators to enhance their global health research expertise and their careers. As part of this program, selected fellows can participate in mentored research in several countries including Brazil, China, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia through their home institutions and at collaborating international sites.