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About the Alliance for Global Health and Science

The Alliance for Global Health and Science (the Alliance) is a partnership between the UC Berkeley, Division of Biological Sciences  and School of Public Health.  The goal of the Alliance is to address threats posed by communicable and non-communicable diseases by strengthening the capacity for scientific and public health research of institutions in developing countries. The Alliance seeks to make a tangible, enduring impact by focusing on locally identified health research needs and strengthening collaborations between faculty at UC Berkeley and major research and teaching institutions  in developing countries.

The vision of the Alliance is to sustain the indigenous generation of world-class research knowledge to help the understanding of the conditions and solutions to health problems and contribute to the advancement of people living in all regions of the world. The Alliance seeks to support a growing presence of researchers who are conducting robust research indigenously to ensure rootedness, sustainability, and ownership of the knowledge, as well as increase the likelihood for its relevance and applicability to local health challenges.

In the current Pilot Phase of the program, the Alliance seeks to build upon existing relationships between partner institutions in Africa and UC Berkeley.  We will support training and research in fields such as molecular biology, molecular and field epidemiology, the design and development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic tools, education, public health interventions, and agricultural development.

The training and research focus of the Alliance will center on assisting partner institutions to:

  • Develop core research, management, and writing skills
  • Provide sufficient resources to complete graduate degrees
  • Maintain connection of trainee to their country of origin
  • Provide seed/early career funding
  • “Train the Trainer” (develop mentoring relationships and provide advanced teaching skills training)
  • Provide access to publications, equipment, and international scientific exchanges
  • Promote engagement with policy makers and regional governments to integrate technology/improve health

The Alliance will draw upon the vast expertise and strengths of faculty at UC Berkeley to enhance scientific capacity to enable people and institutions in developing regions address health challenges  important to them. Similar projects will be launched in Southeast Asia and Latin America in the future.

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