In a new initiative, the Sparkman Center is providing funding for internal grant applications that propose research projects, public health practice, and global health & development projects that support the Sparkman Center’s mission of promoting health in less developed countries. The request for applications was posted last December. A first application of a 2-page concept was due in February, after which top applicants were selected to submit a full aplication by May 1st. This month a panel of reviewers convened to select the top proposals to each be awarded $20,000. 

Congratulations to the Principal Investigators and teams selected this year! We look forward to working with you. 

"Examining a culturally relevant patient-level intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening in Egypt" 
PI: Lori Brand Bateman - Preventive Medicine, SOM
Co-investigators: Mona N. Fouad, Isabel Scarinci


"The Health Situation, Access, and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Lima, Peru"

PI: Tina Kempin Reuter - UAB Institute for Human Rights, CAS
Co-investigators: Courtney Andrews


"Incidence and Risk Factors of Pediatric Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida in Vietnam"
PI: Brandon Rocque - Neurosurgery, SOM
Co-investigators: James Johnston, Jacob Lepard, Dang Do Thanh Can, Steven Schiff, Le Quang My, Tran Van Si


"Epidemiology of Head and Neck Cancer in Nepal"
PI: Sadeep Shrestha - Epidemiology, SOPH
Co-investigators: Ravi Paluri, Sudip Shrestha, Pema Lhaki, Amrita Mukherjee, Sanjeev Acharya


"Fly ash exposure and infant neurodevelopment in Sri Lanka" 
PI: Meghan Tipre -  Epidemiology, SOPH
Co-investigators: Nalini Sathiakumar, Rajitha Wickremesinghe, Pavithra Godamunne