Fogarty celebrates 50 years

On July 1, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed an Executive Order that established the John E. Fogarty International Center for the Advanced Study in the Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the Fogarty Center has grown to involve 5,000 scientists and impacts more than 100 countries.

To celebrate the center’s 50 years, a special half-day symposium was held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, during AHA Scientific Sessions 2017. Titled “Fogarty, NHLBI, NIH and the Future of Global Cardiovascular Health Research,” the symposium showcased both the ongoing and future programs at the center that promote the global health agenda and encouraged young academics to pursue global health research in their own specialties.

Dorairaj Prabhakaran, MD, DM, MSc, FRCP, FNASc, from New Delhi, India, presented the keynote address. Prabhakaran spoke about global cardiovascular research and training to achieve global heart health goals.

The symposium was divided into two additional sessions. One session explored priority research and research methods for global cardiovascular health, including healthcare funding and policy; heart failure in sub-Saharan Africa; and big data in global health. The second session examined topics related to early career global cardiovascular research, with examples provided from Kenya, India and Malawi.