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April 27, 2005

School Researchers Receive Fogarty Injury Grant

As part of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, two researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will receive a grant to train researchers at the Aga Khan University, in Pakistan. The collaborative effort will attempt to tackle the increasing global burden of trauma and injury.

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, MSc, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Adnan A. Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD, an assistant professor and the Leon Robertson Faculty Development Chair in the School’s Department of International Health, are the co-directors of the Hopkins injury program. They will be working with Junaid Razzak, MD, an assistant professor in emergency medicine at the Aga Khan University.

Ellen MacKenzie

Ellen J. MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie, who is also a professor in the School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, explained that the aim of the partnership is to train a critical mass of scientists, health professionals and academics about trauma and injury prevention research. A long-term goal is the development of an Institute for Injury and Trauma Research and Training at the Aga Khan University. The program will build on an already existing and very strong collaboration between the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Aga Khan Univesity.

Adnan A. Hyder

Adnan A. Hyder

“Along with the long-term and short-term training we have planned, our other goal is to raise awareness and educate Pakistani professionals about the importance of injuries and injury research. It is our hope that over the next five years, Pakistan will develop a core group of experts who will continue their research and practice of injury prevention for the benefit of the Pakistani people,” said Dr. Hyder.

The grant is part of a network of researchers and trainees who are a section of the International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program. The program provides up to $150,000 per year in direct costs for up to five years.
– Kenna L. Lowe

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu. Photographs of Ellen MacKenzie and Adnan Hyder are available upon request.