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Funding News - Applications for Genetics Research Training Programs Requested

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) request applications to establish international collaborative genetics research training programs.*

The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to create innovative research training programs within existing scientific collaborations between investigators from both developed and developing countries in an effort to build a group of scientists, health professionals, and academicians with expertise in human genetics, and to create a sustainable research environment at the collaborating institutions of the developing countries.

Examples of potential research and training priorities include: application of genetic epidemiological methods in family-based association and linkage designs, population-based studies that correlate genetic variation with disease risk and studies of gene-environment interactions; design and implementation of genetic epidemiological studies of complex diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental disorders, alcoholism and drug abuse, neurological diseases and asthma, as well as individual variation in drug response (pharmaco-genomics); assessments of the population impact of gene variation, disease, death and disability - including surveillance systems; development of tools, models, and algorithms that could facilitate assessment, utility, and priority for genetic services in developing countries; assessment of the genetic susceptibility to environmental exposures, including nutritional factors, pollutants, chemical toxins, and substance abuse, on the initiation and progression of disease; and research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of performing human genetic research.

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: March 25, 2002.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Neurogenetics Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2136, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-402-1501; fax: 301-496-5748; e-mail: funding@ninds.nih.gov.

*For a more detailed description of this RFA, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-02-001.html.