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International environmental and occupational health: from individual scientists to networked science hubs.

Authors
Rosenthal-J; Jessup-C; Felknor-S; Humble-M; Bader-F; Bridbord-K
Source
Am J Ind Med 2012 Dec; 55(12):1069-1077
NIOSHTIC No.
20041836
Abstract
For the past 16 years, the International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health program (ITREOH) has supported projects that link U.S. academic scientists with scientists from low- and middle-income countries in diverse research and research training activities. Twenty-two projects of varied duration have conducted training to enhance the research capabilities of scientists at 75 institutions in 43 countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and have built productive research relationships between these scientists and their U.S. partners. ITREOH investigators and their trainees have produced publications that have advanced basic sciences, developed methods, informed policy outcomes, and built institutional capacity. Today, the changing nature of the health sciences calls for a more strategic approach. Data-rich team science requires greater capacity for information technology and knowledge synthesis at the local institution. More robust systems for ethical review and administrative support are necessary to advance population-based research. Sustainability of institutional research capability depends on linkages to multiple national and international partners. In this context, the Fogarty International Center, the National Institute of Environmental Sciences and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have reengineered the ITREOH program to support and catalyze a multi-national network of regional hubs for Global Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (GEOHealth). We anticipate that these networked science hubs will build upon previous investments by the ITREOH program and will serve to advance locally and internationally important health science, train and attract firstclass scientists, and provide critical evidence to guide policy discussions.
Keywords
Training; Education; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health; Environmental-health; Public-health; Health-science-personnel; Medical-research; Racial-factors; Information-processing; Information-systems; Administration; Author Keywords: environmental health; occupational health; research training; global health
Contact
Joshua Rosenthal, PhD, Acting Deputy Director, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20121201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
joshua.rosenthal@nih.gov
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B20121218D
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MD
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