IUNS Newsletter September 2016

The IUNS Newsletter September 2016 is now available to download and read online.

This months newsletter includes an update on the revised IUNS Statutes and Rules and a piece on the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition by IUNS President, Professor Anna Lartey.

To access the newsletter please click on the links above.

John A. Milner Fellowship Programme open for applications

The BHNRC and ODS are pleased to announce the request for applications for the 2016 John A. Milner Fellowship Program. Postdoctoral fellows will conduct research in the area of bioactive components in foods and dietary supplements and learn about the translation of nutrition science into policy. This program is inspired by the life and work of Dr. John A. Milner, who, until his untimely death, was the Director of BHNRC. Dr. Milner devoted his career to expanding knowledge about the mechanisms of action and the health effects of bioactive components of foods, while in academia, at NIH, and at BHNRC. During his federal career, some of his most active collaborations were with ODS at NIH. As credit to his work, there continues to be a highly productive and scientifically relevant partnership between the ODS and BHNRC. It is fitting, therefore, that these two agencies are joining forces to celebrate Dr. Milner by encouraging the careers of junior scientists interested in bioactive components of foods and dietary supplements. The Fellowship will also allow candidates to develop experience and skill at the crossroads of science and policy. For those who knew Dr. Milner, he also supported and encouraged research endeavors to further the understanding of foods and their components as they impact health as well as the treatment of disease.

Please see here for more information.

Call for applications – Premio Daniel Carasso 2017 Deadline October 23rd 2016

The Premio Daniel Carasso is an individual research prize intended to reward an outstanding scientific researcher on sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. The Premio is worth €100,000 and the Laureate becomes an ambassador of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso for sustainable food and diets.

The Prize is intended to give more visibility to a mid-carrier researcher and to help her/him inspire junior researchers to develop transdisciplinary approaches to study food systems and their sustainability.  The call for applications for the Premio Daniel Carasso 2017 is now open and entrants must register and apply online before October 23 2016.

More information can be accessed via this link.

Job Opportunity – Fellow, Global Development Programme

IUNS has received the communication of a fellow job on the Global Development Programme with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Some of the programme features are listed below.

For more information on the role and/or to apply now please click here.

Programme Features:
-Two-year fellowship
-Deep engagement on strategic issues being pursued by the foundation, with opportunities to make a tangible impact
-May rotate within and/or across program divisions and/or regional offices
-Coaching and mentorship by foundation staff who are leaders in their respective fields
-Bilateral learning sessions involving the fellows and senior leadership across the foundation
-Cohort experience to develop fellows’ professional and support network with peers
-Leadership development programming and transition support to help the fellows identify their next professional opportunity
-Competitive compensation and benefits package
-Membership to the foundation’s alumni network

ICSU-NASAC-ISSC grants to research the “Energy – Health – Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities

The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), will support 10 research projects across Africa to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. With the impending adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, later this year, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. This is the first call of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The goal of the call is to better understand inter-relationships between energy systems, air pollution, health impacts and provision of health services, climate adaptation opportunities, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment in Africa. The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa interested to explore inter-relationships across at least two domains of the nexus and that clearly indicate the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of the research project. Successful applicants will be invited to join a training workshop on integrated research in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3-7 October 2016.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience.

The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 15 August 2016 (18:00 CET).

Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online form available. Please carefully read the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal. For more information on how to apply, please see this page.

World Health Summit Registration OPEN

Registration for the World Health Summit taking place 9th – 11th October 2016 in Berlin, Germany is now open.

The summit’s central topics include:

  • Migration and Refugee Health: From Care to Policy
  • Technological Innovation for Health: Improving Healthcare Delivery
  • Women, Empowerment and Health: Equality and Agency
  • Translational Research: Advancing Innovative Treatment
  • Infectious Diseases: Lessons Learned from Ebola to Zika
  • Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the Health Agenda

For more information please visit the World Health Summit website via this link.

Former IUNS Secretary General Professor Osman Galal dies aged 85

The IUNS has received the sad news that Professor Osman Galal of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has passed away. Professor Galal was the Secretary General of IUNS from 2005 – 2009.

Before being appointed to the faculty of the Department of Community Health Sciences in 1991, Professor Galal worked in a children’s hospital in Cairo, Egypt. From 1982 to 1987, Professor Galal served as director of the National Nutrition Institute of the Ministry of Health in Egypt, an institution focused on nutrition research.

The IUNS Council express their deepest condolences to Professor Galal’s family for their loss.

ICSU Newsletter May 2016 edition

The May 2016 edition of the ICSU newsletter is available to read online now. This edition includes the latest news and publications from ICSU as well as information from ICSU regional offices. Click here to read the newsletter.