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Medical News & Perspectives
April 24, 2002

World Health Focus of Fogarty International Center

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JAMA. 2002;287(16):2063-2064. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2063-JMN0424-2-1

Bethesda, Md—While attending the 13th International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July 2000, Kenneth Bridbord, MD, MPH, did some basic math. He tallied the proportion of that meeting's abstracts authored or coauthored by researchers who, at one point in their careers, were supported by the Fogarty International Center, the global branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He arrived at a startling figure: 25%.

"To be a part of that . . . !" Bridbord exclaimed during a recent interview. He seemed unable to find words to describe what it feels like to direct a program—Fogarty's AIDS International Training and Research Program—that wields such widespread influence. As Fogarty's long-time flagship, its AIDS agenda advances a paramount goal, to help developing countries help themselves.