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International Health Research Workshop

International Health Research Workshop
May 19, 2014
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave.)
Richmond Salons I and II

Thank you to everyone who attended the International Health Research Workshop on Monday, May 19th. We hope you received useful information that will be of assistance as you pursue international health research opportunities. 

We are pleased to make available the following presentations from the workshop: 

Adams — USAID - Building Partnerships

Brown — International Health Research Workshop

Herrington — NIH - A Funder's 21st Century Perspective

Nichols-Casebolt — VCU - OVPR Resources for International Research

Spengler — CDC's International Research

The International Health Research Workshop is one of several efforts to increase VCU’s global presence and impact. This particular workshop is intended to help faculty to successfully pursue international health research opportunities by addressing such key issues as securing funding, finding international collaborators, identifying potential challenges, and developing effective partnerships. The workshop is open to VCU faculty, staff and post-doctoral fellows whose experience may range from those who have never participated in an international research project to those with significant international research experience.


8:15 – 8:45 a.m.   Registration
9 - 9:15 a.m.

Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, VCU

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Jim Coleman, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences, VCU

Keynote Address  
Jennifer Adams, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Global Health, USAID

10:15 – 10:25 a.m. Break
10:25 – 10:30 a.m. Workshop Welcome
J. Randy Koch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, VCU
10:30 a.m. – noon

International Health Research: The Funder’s Perspective
Focus on what international research funding sources are looking for, priority research topics, when it is appropriate to do international research, and what makes a good international research question and proposal. Note: this session will not focus on specific funding mechanisms.

Session Chair: 
Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, VCU

James Herrington, Ph.D., MPH, Fogarty International Center, 
National Institutes of Health
Robert F. Spengler, Sc.D., Acting Associate Director for Science at the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Noon – 1 p.m. Networking Lunch
Virginia Rooms
1 – 3 p.m.

Identifying and Addressing the Challenges of International Health Research
Panel discussion led by VCU researchers describing some of the common challenges of conducting international health research, how they addressed them and recommendations for how to avoid them in your own international research. Challenges to be highlighted may include:

  • identifying potential collaborators and establishing effective research partnerships
  • ethical and human subject’s issues
  • dealing with corruption
  • differences in criteria for authorship
  • salary differences
  • differences in the role of research
  • cultural differences

Session Chair:
J. Randy Koch, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, VCU

Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., VCU Department of Psychology
Maghboeba Mosavel, Ph.D., VCU Department of Social and Behavioral Health
Hyojin Im, Ph.D., VCU School of Social Work
Kenneth Kendler, M.D., VCU Department of Psychiatry

3 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

VCU’s International Research Initiatives and Resources

Session chair:
Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, VCU School of Nursing, Assistant Professor


R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Education Office, VCU
Ann Nichols-Casebolt, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Research Development, Office of Research, VCU

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Education Office, VCU
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