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Funding Opportunity for Resaerch in LMICs

By Seun Adebiyi | 30 May, 2012

Dear fellow YP-CDN members,

I would like to pass along an RFP by the UK Department for International Development, the Medical Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust. This grant application should be of interest to any researcher focused on the broad spectrum of healthcare in low and middle income countries, from tobacco control to obesity.

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Calls/Jointghtrials/index.htm#P21_357

In particular, I would welcome a joint proposal with anyone with a focus on sickle-cell anemia, various blood cancers (e.g. leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma), and various other auto-immune disorders in LMICs that can be treated by means of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant. My proposal will call - among other things - for the construction of an umbilical cord blood bank in Nigeria (the first such bank in Africa) to enable the cryogenic preservation of hematopoietic stem cells for both transplantation and research.

This pioneering achievement will be a tremendous windfall for genetic research on sickle-cell and blood cancers in African populations (given, for example, that 150,000 babies are born in Nigeria with sickle cell), not to mention a "feather" in the collective YP-CDN cap if we can pull it off together! If this proposal overlaps with your area of interest, please send me a follow-up email.

Either way, best of luck!
Kind regards,
Seun Adebiyi

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Calls/Jointghtrials/index.htm#P21_357

Replies

 

Richa Malik Replied at 1:17 AM, 30 May 2012

Dear Mr. Adebiyi,

Thanks for sharing this valuable Information with us.

I have circulated the same among other groups as well.

Best Regards,
Richa Malik

Shafika Abrahams-Gessel Replied at 11:02 AM, 31 May 2012

For those who will be in the Washington, DC area in mid-June, the IOM is hosting a workshop on reducing tobacco-related cancer incidence and mortality.

http://iom.edu/Activities/Disease/NCPF/2012-JUN-11.aspx?utm_medium=etmail&utm...
rectly to GHDonline.

Shafika

Rajabu Kisonga Replied at 11:26 AM, 31 May 2012

some one to give a clarification to me ,am a medical student in Tanzania, will i be also allowed to write a proposal and what procedures should i follow.

Abdullah Feroze Replied at 3:01 PM, 2 Jun 2012

Seun, this sounds like a most worthwhile project! My home institution recently made strides to provide for a similar need through the creation of a public cord blood bank to counter in the increasing privatization of the field, and it will be interesting to see where it leads as far as buy-in from other institutions goes (http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/may/cord-0508.html).

I see no reason why a similar infrastructure can't be worked towards in LMICs. Glad to chat about potential ideas you and other YD-CDNers may have!

Abdullah

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