August 10, 2015

Strengthening Nurse NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand

Several University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) faculty and staff have recently returned from Korat, Thailand where they participated in workshop as part of a UMSN/NIH/Fogarty Grant - F036259, entitled – Strengthening Nurse NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand.

Global REACH Faculty Affiliate Dr. Debra Barton, along with her colleagues, Dr. Ellen Smith and Dr. Philip Furspan. Drs. Barton and Smith led several sessions in the workshop “Building Research Capacity for Non-Communicable Diseases," which was held July 28-29 at the Institute of Nursing, Suranaree University of Technology - on of the partners in the Fogarty grant. 

Participants of the workshop are shown above.  In the photo below, Dr. Barton accepts a commemorative plaque from Professor, Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and Innovation, Suranaree University of Technlogy.

The grant supports annual 2-day workshops, which are held in different geographical regions of Thailand, for all levels of postdoctoral health scientists. In addition, it supports short- and long-term training opportunities for students, post-docs, and faculty.

The UMSN website includes this description of the training program:
“Fogarty International Training Program for Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand” builds on a longstanding collaboration between the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UM-SN) and an institute within the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development (PBRI). This 5-year National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/Fogarty-supported program offers a varied and integrated training plan in nursing, interdisciplinary, and health systems research aimed at improving prevention, primary care, and long-term chronic disease management.

Applications are now being accepted for the two-year postdoctoral fellowships beginning January 2016.

Read more about the training program here.