The aim of this research training program is to support development of early career faculty at the College of Medicine and related disciplines of the University of Ibadan to acquire knowledge and skill sufficiently to conduct high quality country relevant biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and behavioral research for improvement of health of the people of Nigeria and global health in general. The training will provide knowledge and skills, and personalized mentoring for the trainees and create a community of scholars with the inclusion of women. Trainees will be expected to complete a scheduled training program and develop sufficiently to become independent investigators. The University of Ibadan has experienced investigators who will serve as research training mentors and resource persons for the various training courses. The two US partnering institutions, Northwestern University (NU) and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa (TB genomics) will provide additional support for effective implementation of the program.
At the end of the two-year mentored research training, beneficiaries will be expected to have
- completed the core curriculum for research training, conducted a well-designed project
- submitted original manuscript for peer reviewed publication
- made scientific presentations at local and international conferences
- submitted proposals for competitive grants
- become an active member of scholars in his/her field of study and assuming leadership role in his/her academic unit with active fostering of the next generation of investigators in his/her academic unit/group
The program will be accomplished through the following strategies:
- Provision of financial support and training for a two-year mentored research and career development for junior faculty (including 2-3 months study visit abroad) who are interested in any of the following thematic areas of the project.
- HIV/AIDS (with special interest on outcomes of long term ART, implementation science and intervention studies)
- Genomics of infectious diseases
- Neurogical research, including neuroimaging.
- Implementation of curricula that will include structured and tailored training in research methods and scientific investigation, responsible conduct of research and research ethics, communication of scientific findings, personal interaction, career development, scientific responsibility, research integrity, health disparity and gender issues in research.
- Support for attendance of conference for the mentor and mentee.
- Establishment of community of scholars and role models in high output research at the University of Ibadan and networking with related local and international organizations.
- Support trainees to compete for relevant institutional, national and international funding opportunities.
- Mentees will be matched with mentors from the University of Ibadan and our US partnering institutions in NU, HSPH and SU (for genomics of TB).
This program does not include projects involving clinical trials of any form or use of laboratory animals.
TERM: TWO YEARS