On April 22, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, with funding and support from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, held the “SUNY Global Health Research Symposium.” Spearheaded by Jack DeHovitz MD of SUNY DHSU and Gene Morse PharmD of SUNY Buffalo, this hybrid in-person/distance meeting provided a forum for the SUNY campuses engaged in extramurally funded global health research to share their programs and explore opportunities for collaboration.
In the morning, Peter H. Kilmarx MD, Deputy Director of the NIH’s Fogarty International Center provided the opening address, “NIH funding opportunities in academic global health research, challenges during COVID-19.” This was followed by a selection of in-country investigators who shared updates on their SUNY collaborative research projects.
In the afternoon, the Hon. Keith Martin, MD, PC, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Washington, DC, delivered the Keynote address: “A Call to Action to Reform Global Health Partnerships.” Afterwards, SUNY campus representatives highlighted their on-campus centers/institutes, followed by discussion on how to move forward with interinstitutional collaborations. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting, of whom 40 attended in-person at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan. SUNY representatives included the University of Buffalo, University at Albany School of Public Health, SUNY Stonybrook as well as SUNY Upstate and Downstate. Additionally, we were fortunate to have brief presentations by colleagues from Jamaica (in person), Zimbabwe, Georgia and Kazakhstan. A presentation from a research NGO in Kyiv, Ukraine was particularly notable for their ability to continue work in the setting of armed conflict.
This hybrid in-person/distance meeting provides a forum for the SUNY campuses engaged in extramurally funded global health research to share their programs and explore opportunities for collaboration. In the morning, a selection of in-country investigators will share research updates; in the afternoon SUNY campus representatives will highlight their on-campus centers/institutes. This program is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research of Downstate Health Sciences University.
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Morning and Afternoon presentations
A note on donations from Konstantin Dumchev, MD, our presenter from Ukrainian Institute for Public Health Policy:
Dear friends and colleagues! First of all thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and support during these dark times. We continue to work and to do our best to support Ukraine and Ukrainian people.
We also continue getting questions about how you also can help. Now as the situation evolves we are finding out the needs for targeted assistance for refugees, hospitals, and other humanitarian aid. Therefore, we decided to begin accepting charitable donations directly to our accounts - this will make procurement easier and improve accountability (compared to working through our personal accounts). We promise to report on each donation we receive and each spending we make - on this facebook page.
We do not set a specific target and will continue spending these moneys as long as the needs remain. If you want to make a targeted donation (i.e. for us to buy something specific in Ukraine and send it to specific recipient) - this also possible. Please contact us if you have any questions.
So here is our account info for USD transfers (for UAH see below):
Intermediary bank: BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, New York, USA
Beneficiary’s bank: JSC KREDOBANK Lviv, Ukraine
Beneficiary Name: UIPHP