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.
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!