Baylor College of Medicine News

Global Scholars Grants awarded for international studies

The Center for Globalization at Baylor College of Medicine has awarded a new round of grants to support BCM residents and fellows interested in pursuing scholarly activities internationally.

Global Scholars Grants were awarded to three BCM residents and fellows, providing one-month salary and partial expenses for them to pursue mentored global research in collaboration with faculty at BCM and international partner institutions. The support each student receives is based on scholarly output.

"These grants allow physicians in training to strengthen BCM's global research initiatives and to inspire them to share ideas with global colleagues," says Dr. Bobby Kapur, Director of the Center for Globalization.


Dr. Jason Jarin, medical resident in obstetrics and gynecology, will be working in Lilongwe, Malawi, and at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi in August. He will work with the project "One Woman Screened, One Life Saved: Towards Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malawi" that aims to increase access to both information and screening opportunities through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI). Jarin's mentor is Dr. Maame Aba Coleman, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who is a Globalization Demonstration Project grant winner from earlier this year.

Dr. Katherine J. Weiss, clinical postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics, will be working in Monterrey, Mexico, assessing several neonatal intensive care units to help design and implement future collaborative, sustainable and effective quality improvement programs in the region. Her project works toward accomplishing Millennium Development Goal 4: to reduce mortality of infants and children under 5 by two-thirds by 2015. This project will build on an existing collaboration between BCM and Monterrey Tech University in Mexico. Weiss's mentor is Dr. Jochen Profit, assistant professor of pediatrics-neonatology, department of medicine, section of health services research.

Dr. Natalia Khalaf, a first year resident in internal medicine, will travel to Lebanon later this year. She will be conducting colon cancer screenings at the American University of Beirut (AUB) Medical Center. She will work to understand the obstacles to cancer prevention and early detection facing the local population. Her work will involve participating in an already structured research project to investigate the prevalence of adenomas and advanced neoplasia in the average-risk Lebanese population and to examine possible associated risk factors. Khalaf's mentor is Dr. Hashem El-Serage, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology, who started the colon cancer screening program. El-Serage and Khalaf's work with American University of Beirut reinforce a strategic partnership between BCM and AUB that was formally recognized through a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two institutions in January of 2012.