Research Training Expands UMSN’s Global Focus in Thailand

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The new program will center on noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

“Everything we learn through research has potential benefits for all patients who experience similar disease, problems and even life situations,” says Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) of the expanding partnership between UMSN and Thai health care agencies and universities.

The “Strengthening Nurse NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand” project is funded by a $1.15 million grant from the Fogarty International Center. It includes mentored research and training at UMSN for post-doctoral scholars and project implementation and yearly research workshops in Thailand.
 “We can help train a group of people in research who will go back to Thailand to be mentors to nurses in the country who, in addition to all else they do, are dealing with a rise of chronic disease, including many conditions that we know are manageable and even preventable through evidence-based practice,” says Dean Potempa, who serves as the project’s primary investigator. “The cross-cultural aspects of research team building fosters greater understanding of health and health care that can have continued benefit as we evolve our own perspectives of health and health policy.”   
Prospective scholars can apply here.