Confronting Non-Communicable Diseases

President's Global Innovation Fund
Columbia Global Centers | Turkey

Principal Investigators

Miriam Rabkin
Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Director of Health Systems Strategies, ICAP  More


Wafaa EI-Sadr
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Director of ICAP, Director, Global Health Initiative  More


Richard J. Deckelbaum 
Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics, Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Institute of Human Nutrition  More


The two-year project is structured in two phases. In Phase 1, activities will include a rapid situational assessment and regional NCD conference, fostering research partnerships with local and regional colleagues for the purpose of identifying a priority research agenda.  In Phase 2, activities will include formative research projects, seminars, and academic exchanges, supporting both knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination.
Building on CU’s established partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Turkey, project objectives are to (1) establish a priority NCD research agenda, (2) foster research partnerships within and between countries, (3) build research capacity, and (4) support formative research projects that will link CU faculty and students in New York with their counterparts in MENA and Turkey. This project will engage CU Schools, Departments and Centers, including but not limited to the MSPH Departments of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, ICAP and the Institute for Human Nutrition at MSPH and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Partners and stakeholders in Turkey, Jordan and other MENA countries will play an integral role in identifying local needs and priorities. 
Expected outcomes include:  exploration of a priority research agenda on NCDs for the region; completion of formative research projects; production of at least three high-quality fundable research proposals; expanded academic partnerships; CU student engagement through practica and other training programs; promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-cutting institutional and geographic boundaries; the opportunity to leverage successes to attract additional donors; increased knowledge-sharing among local partners and Global Centers; and the identification of potential institutional synergies, advancing strategic collaboration for the University.