Dr. Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) has been appointed to serve on the developing country NGO delegation to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Her work drives policy analysis, advocacy and resource mobilization to support services to vulnerable communities. Her organization CVC, a strong global partner of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, currently provides grants and technical support to number of countries across the Caribbean islands and mainland territories. The CVC hosts annual internship placements for highly meritorious UAB students and has collaborated with the Sparkman Center for Global Health team to conduct population size estimates of MSM, transgender persons, and sex worked in the eastern Caribbean. For more information, see: Three Members of The Consortium Appointed to the Global Fund Board

A Sparkman Center Caribbean partner is featured in Forbes! Dr. Robert Paulino-Ramirez, with the assistance of Seeding Labs, has established a laboratory on the campus of the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) to expand his work in virology. A collaborative partnership between the Sparkman Center and UNIBE's School of Medicine was established in 2016. One of the initial projects within the partnership included collaborative data analysis on HIV at risk and infected populations in the Dominican Republic between Dr. Henna Budhwani and Dr. Paulino-Ramirez. For more details on Dr. Paulino-Ramirez and UNIBE, click below:


Cutting-Edge Medical Research For The Tropics, By The Tropics

Dr. Craig Wilson, Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health, was recently featured in a JAMA publication entitled Implementation of an Integrated Approach to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Improving Human Immunodeficiency Virus Care for Youths.

Craig Wilson Award Article


To read the JAMA article, click below:

Implementation of an Integrated Approach to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Improving Human Immunodeficiency Virus Care for Youths


To read the UAB article, click below:

Study shows navigation program improves longevity of care for youth with HIV in America

Congratulations to the 2017 UAB Say It In 6 competition first place winner: Ms. Nada Al-Assi! What is the UAB Say It In 6 competition? Students from across the university were asked to tell a creative story or event in six words. The students are required to submit a photo or some form of art that represents their story. There were 10 categories that students could be placed in that include: America, humor, UAB, knowledge, identity, talent, resilience, health, home and love. The top winner from each category was considered as the finalist and the runner-up received an honorable mention for their respective category. The finalists competed for 1st place, 2nd place and People's Choice. For more information on this unique competition offered through the UAB Graduate School, please click here.


Ms. Al-Assi is currently a junior at UAB, where she is majoring in public health (minor in Spanish). Ms. Al-Assi hopes to pursue the MPH fast track program and apply in fall 2017. Ms. Al-Assi is looking to complete the fast track curriculum through the Department of Epidemiology, with a concentration in global health. Ms. Al-Assi's long term goal is to work with an organization that addresses health issues surrounding malnutrition and obesity.  


Nada Al Assi Website Photo"Picked a great year to travel"-Nada Al-Assi Say It In 6 story

Niranjan Gowda, a MPH student, received an honorable mention in the 'Resilience' category. Mr. Biligowda is interested in studying the changing trends of chronic disease. He is working on making health care effective and accessile to everyone in developing countries. Mr. Gowda discovered the Say It In 6 competition through a friend.

"My friend told me about say it in 6 and it was a great experience being a part of it. She always told me I capture beauty and spirit among simple things around us. I believe there is some'thing' in no'thing'. The world is colorful and there is something for everyone. what we choose is up to us and when we do there is no such disability that can withhold your ability."-Niranjan Biligowda


"There is ability in every disability"


Niranjan Biligowda