Strategic Global Initiatives Award Recipients

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2013 Awards

Development of International Pharmaceutical Technology and Regulatory Science (IPTRS) Educational Program

  • Lee E. Kirsch, professor, Division of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy

The purpose of this grant is to initiate the development of international and inter-institutional certificate and/or degree programs (associate, baccalaureate and/or masters) in pharmaceutical technology and regulatory science. These developments will help to strengthen an international work force for facilitating the regional development and licensure of needed safe/efficacious drug products. It will also provide a foundation for new and continued regional economic development based on pharmaceuticals. This effort will focus on Southeast Asia by leveraging existing relationships with UI alumni who are now faculty members at the two most prestigious Thai university’s (Mahidol and Chulalongkorn Universities), and hope to be expended to other Southeast Asian universities.

Among the challenges facing world health advancement is the development and licensure of needed pharmaceuticals. Multinational pharmaceutical companies have typically focused their research and development efforts and resultant product portfolios on the health-care needs for Europe, North America, and Japan. Even in countries with recently burgeoning pharmaceutical industries (e.g. India and China), a significant need still exists to ensure that the current best practices are understood and used in the development and licensure of pharmaceutical ingredients and products. Thus there exists a compelling need to bring together International Pharmaceutical Technology and Regulatory Science (IPTRS) expertise in state-of-art educational format to modernize the workforce infrastructure need to make available safe and efficacious drug products.

The expected outcome is to enroll interested faculty members at regional universities in participating in the design, development, and operations of IPTRS education and research collaborations. The creative contributions and resources from all of the participating faculty members at the collaborating institutions will be used to establish the scope, format and the overarching learning objectives for the IPTRS education programs. The long-term objective is to establish a self-sustaining, fee-based IPTRS education/training programs.

BCaBA Course Sequence Development

  • Youjia Hua, assistant professor, Teaching and Learning, College of Education

The purpose of this Strategic Global Initiatives Award is to support the development of a graduate 12-credit, 4-course sequence that is designed to prepare individuals who speak Chinese to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) examination sponsored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Through the coursework, learners will gain knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based practice that can help produce positive behavior changes in children with autism and other disabilities. It will become the first BCaBA course sequence in China.

With the increasing public awareness and knowledge of the disability, there is a large demand for effective interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders in China. Given the benefits of interventions, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), on children with autism and other disabilities, behavior management using ABA principles is a required coursework in all special education programs in the United States. In addition, over 170 universities in the United States provide BACB approved coursework. However, in China there is no systematic university-level ABA training program or BCBA approved coursework. Therefore, there is a large demand for university-level BACB training programs in China.

The Department of Teaching and Learning and College of Education will support a quarter-time graduate assistant for the course sequence. The grant money will allow the both the recruitment and the funding for qualified doctoral candidates from China to study special education at the University of Iowa.

2012 Awards

Development of Cooperative Exchange Program in Niger

  • Rene Genadry, M.D., Clinical Professor, OB/GYN

The purpose of the grant is to establish a collaborative program with the Abdou Moumouni University School of Medicine in Niamey, Niger, for the purpose of training local and international surgeons in the management of pelvic floor pathology, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP), Urinary Incontinence (UI), and Obstetrical fistulas (OF). Secondarily, research infrastructure development will result from such an endeavor that will benefit patients, local health care providers, and trainees.

POP and UI are so common in the developed world that a subspecialty to deal with issues related to these conditions has recently been established and approved by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Although the prevalence of POP in developing countries remains unknown, in many areas of the developing world, a high prevalence of such pathology seem to also exist but takes a back seat to other life threatening issues. Patients suffering from POP, UI, and OF have limited access to proper resources for the management of their conditions (Creanga 2007). The quality of life (QOL) of these patients is quite dismal as shown in numerous studies on patients with UI and OF (Ahmed 2007).

An exchange program focusing on best practices to enhance and update the care provided locally and to train local physicians in such practices would result in benefits at many levels. It allows the improvement of the clinical performance of such health care workers and introduces them to basic standard data collection and research while providing a surgical training experience in complex pelvic pathology and an introduction of fellows to the issues encountered in the developing world, particularly in relation to surgical care of patients with pelvic floor pathology. A long term relationship is expected to develop as a result of such an exchange leading to improved care and training beneficial to both sides of the equation.

An urogynecologist and a gynecological trainee (fellow or resident) will spend an average of 4‐6 weeks/ year at the identified center or centers. They will share in the evaluation of patients as carried out in the outpatient setting. They will function under the direction and guidance of the local responsible physician attending to the care of the patient exchanging information and suggestions for optimal and traditional care. The clinical responsibilities will involve pre- and post-operative evaluation, as well as surgical and medical management of patients presenting with pelvic floor problems, including UI and OF.

Research responsibilities will include establishing a process to educate personnel to accurately gather and enter data, organizing a committee to establish priorities, and reviewing and recommending projects of interest appropriate to the local issues and needs. Once approved for implementation, a computerized database is developed to more effectively manage research projects with projected end dates and final outcomes leading to publications and presentations. The computerized database will capture basic demographic data, significant physical findings, and surgical outcomes on patients.

2011 Awards

The University of lowa—Hai Phong Medical University Educational Program to Create Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration in Vietnam: an initiative to improve the quality of primary care for underserved people in Vietnam

  • Bernard Sorofman, executive associate dean of the UI College of Pharmacy
  • Hung Van Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., of Hai Phong Medical University, Ministry of Health, Vietnam
  • Barry Carter, Patrick E. Keefe endowed professor of Pharmacy, UI College of Pharmacy
  • Mark Graber, M.D., FACEP, professor of emergency medicine and family medicine, UI Carver College of Medicine

The overall goal of this project is to improve the quality of primary care for the poor in Vietnam through a University of Iowa (UI) - Hai Phong Medical University (HPMU) educational collaborative, building capacity  for  pharmacists  to  undertake  appropriate  clinical  care  related  to  medications  and  creating and promoting physician-pharmacist collaboration.

The project aims to achieve the following immediate objectives:

  • Build capacity for faculty members of Hai Phong Medical University and its network on patient-centered pharmacist education and physician-pharmacist collaboration on primary care.
  • Develop and implement teaching/learning materials for students and community pharmacists in Vietnam on chronic disease management in ambulatory care, early detection of serious diseases, and strategies to collaborate with physicians.
  • Initiate collaborative research between HPMU and the UI addressing rational use of medications relating to global health including poverty related diseases (Tuberculosis, HIVIAIDS).
  • Promote networking and health education exchange between the U.S. and Vietnam through faculty and students study visits, workshops and conferences on global health issues.

These are some of the anticipated outcomes:

  • The primary beneficiaries of the project will be the poor and underserved Vietnamese people who will achieve access to quality medication information provided by well-trained pharmacists through better physician-pharmacist collaboration.
  • A direct benefit from the project will be the education of faculty members and student pharmacists, family physicians of Hai Phong Medical University and related colleges in Vietnam.
  • Pharmacy/medical students and faculty members from the U.S. and Vietnam will have an opportunity to be exposed to health care practice and education in Vietnam and the U.S. through educational exchanges.
  • Higher education and cultural exchange between the two countries will be promoted.
  • Specific expected outcomes associated with this grant include a) One visit by two UI faculty for one week to create the needs assessment and set up the initial plans; b) One visit by four HPMU faculty to the UI for 10 days for training and to develop training curricula for key participation faculty (and students); and c) One visit by two UI faculty for two weeks to assist in the provision of on-site training of the core faculty in Vietnam.

University of Iowa/Yonsei University Biomedical Engineering Strategic Global Partnership in Teaching and Research

  • Joseph Reinhardt, professor and chair, UI Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Tae-Hong Lim, professor, UI Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa has recently developed a dual‐degree 3+2 B.S./M.S. program with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea. The details of the program were worked out during a September 2011 visit to Wonju by Professors Lim and Reinhardt from UI BME and Associate Provost Thomas from International Programs. During this visit, a University‐level memorandum of understanding was signed between UI and YU. While the new B.S./M.S. program is designed to have well-qualified undergraduate Yonsei students enter the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering at Iowa, during the visit to Wonju the Yonsei faculty expressed an interest in expanding the program to include visits by UI students and faculty to Wonju. These funds will be used to develop a two‐way faculty exchange program.  

Reinhardt and Lim plan to build upon their new relationship with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea, by developing a new faculty exchange program. UI faculty will visit Wonju and teach courses in biomedical engineering. YU faculty will reciprocate by visiting Iowa City. This faculty exchange will lead to increased YU student interest in UI graduate programs, increased enrollment into the new B.S./M.S. dual‐degree program, and increased UI-YU faculty‐level collaborations on research.