Gates Scholars Advance to Second Round of Grand Challenges in Global Health Grant Application

Two Gates Scholars, Drs. Funmi OlaOlorun and Neetu John, have advanced to the second round of the application process for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health grant.

Grand Challenges in Global Health was launched in 2003 as part of the Grand Challenges initiative, with the goal of funding research and development of new technologies to advance global health. Drs. OlaOlorun and John submitted a successful application under the topic of “Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development,” which seeks ways to empower women and girls and thereby improve their development, health, and economic outcomes.

Drs. OlaOlorun and John collaborated on the concept note to the Foundation and will now put forth the proposal; award notifications will be made in August.

Dr. OlaOlorun is a lecturer in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and an honorary consultant to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. Trained as a community health physician, she has more than ten years of experience in community-based research in southwest Nigeria. She is currently the co-principal investigator for PMA2020/Nigeria. Dr. OlaOlorun holds medical (MBBS) and master’s (MPH) degrees from the University of Ibadan and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Neetu John is a Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining ICRW, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Gates Institute. She has extensive experience in international reproductive and sexual health research, and has focused on gender, couples and broader contextual issues. Dr. John holds an MS in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health and received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 17:30