The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is a part of two global health projects awarded the latest funding from the University Global Partnership Network, an international consortium supporting academic research collaborations.
CVM faculty involved in the funded projects are Kelly Meiklejohn, assistant professor of forensic science, and Siddhartha “Sid” Thakur, associate professor of molecular epidemiology, director of global health at the CVM and the newly appointed director of NC State’s Global Health Initiative.
The UGPN’s Research Collaboration Fund supports the work of its member institutions: NC State University, the University of São Paulo, the University of Surrey and the University of Wollongong.
Meiklejohn is collaborating with Wollongong and São Paulo on a global database for blow flies of forensic, agricultural and medical importance. Thakur is working with Surrey, Wollongong and São Paulo on globally focused healthy living and aging research.
Overall, NC State faculty are involved with six of the nine funded projects this year. Since its founding in 2011, the UGPN has supported research projects ranging from climate change and renewable energy to biological rhythms and international trade.
CVM projects previously awarded UGPN funding include work on global public health surveillance and stem cells.