East Meets West: Grants fund global health projects

“We are one university, so how can we connect that east and west sides together? Engaging people in collaboration was part of the goal,” says Teresa Córdova, Great Cities Institute director. (Photo: Vibhu S. Rangavasan)

“We are one university, so how can we connect that east and west sides together? Engaging people in collaboration was part of the goal,” says Teresa Córdova, Great Cities Institute director. (Photo: Vibhu S. Rangavasan)

Four multidisciplinary research projects were selected to receive funding this year from the Global Health and Wellbeing Seed Grant program.

The awards, which are designed to assist researchers in analyzing and addressing worldwide health issues, provide $15,000 per selected proposal, for a total budget of $60,000. It’s the third year for the program, created as part of the Chancellor’s Global Excellence Task Force, in collaboration with the UIC College of Medicine’s Center for Global Health and the Great Cities Institute.

“Our overall mission is to support young, emerging global health investigators,” said Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry and co-director of the program,“to give them the resources they need to take their project to the next level.”

The projects range from breaking barriers to health care in Nepal to investigating the ecological significance of Chicago’s gardens. One factor that all four share, however, is that they demonstrate integrative research.

“Every discipline brings a perspective to the table,” said Teresa Córdova, director of the Great Cities Institute and co-director of the Global Health and Wellbeing Seed Grant program. “We thought it was important in this grant to maximize the potential insights and creativity that emerges when you bring people together from different disciplines.”

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