Emerging Virus Research Training in Sierra Leone
Building upon existing relationships with Sierra Leone clinical investigators and health leaders, as well as lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak, Duke University investigators led by Dr. Christopher Woods and Dr. Nathan Thielman will work closely with Dr. Russell and Dr. Samai and colleagues at COMAHS and other members of the consortium to implement a planning grant for emerging epidemic virus research training in Sierra Leone. With receipt of this planning award, Duke leadership will be responsible for ensuring that named personnel participate in the planning process. Duke key personnel will participate in developing and performing a needs assessment in Sierra Leone; identify specific clinical research training opportunities at COMAHS that would benefit from Duke’s support, experience, and training resources; and conduct a preliminary feasibility assessment of investigators, with the long term goal of increasing the research capacity throughout Sierra Leone. To accomplish these aims, the consortium will host two face-to-face meetings, one in Freetown, Sierra Leone and one in Durham, North Carolina. The face-to-face meetings will be supplemented by routine biweekly conference calls. The consortium will produce an international research training grant application to support clinical research training programs for Sierra Leone professionals and students to strengthen global health research and international research collaboration.