Global Health

Global Health Research

IU School of Medicine research work in global health centers on the programs and initiatives of the AMPATH research network. Built on a strong partnership between Moi University and Indiana University School of Medicine, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) supports collaborative research involving investigators from more than 15 institutions in Africa, Europe and North America, including Brown University, Duke University, University of Massachusetts, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, University of Toronto and University of California, San Francisco.

AMPATH’s research network is dedicated to improving the health of the Kenyan people by enhancing the quality of patient care provided at AMPATH clinic sites and informing health policy in Kenya. Since 1998, this program has attracted more than $96.3 million in sponsor support and produced more than 450 peer-reviewed journal articles. While AMPATH research is supported by a diverse community of sponsors, more than 60 percent of total financial support comes from National Institutes of Health research and training grants. The network continues to lead the quest for insight to persistent public health issues globally.

Strategic Priorities

Among the network’s strategic priorities is addressing the shifting burden of disease and disability. While the program started with HIV/AIDS research, AMPATH is expanding its research and care focus to include preventive care and non-communicable disease, mental health, alcohol abuse and cancer—all of which are increasingly prevalent and problematic in sub-Saharan Africa. Other strategic priorities include bridging the training gap in implementation research, developing human capital to meet global health challenge, fostering a sustainable research environment, and building strategic alliances and partnerships in global health research and training.

Operations

The research network supports and sustains high-quality research ranging from basic science to translational and implementation research; strengthens and informs care programs; enhances all the health care institutions engaged in this global partnership; opens working groups to any interested faculty from the AMPATH Consortium who are committed to collaborative research; develops human capacity through training and education; and creates infrastructure that enhances institutional capacity for the conduct of world-class research.

The AMPATH Research Program Office assists investigators in navigating AMPATH’s policies and procedures for research and guides studies through the routing, review and reporting processes. In addition, the office facilitates communications between research collaborators in Kenya and North America and coordinates nearly 60 research-focused conference calls each month. Access the current conference call calendars by clicking on the month: April, May or June.

Program Structure

Under the leadership of the co-directors for research, AMPATH has established four field co-directors of research and the Research Program Office to provide technical and administrative support to research partners. In addition, ten research groups and cores oversee the development of research studies in the AMPATH catchment area.

The AMPATH research network is led by the co-directors of research, Winstone Nyandiko, MBChB and Rachel Vreeman,MD  who oversee the Kenyan and North American AMPATH Research Program offices and are responsible for the research program overall. The AMPATH Research Program managers, Jepchirchir Kiplagat-Kirui and David Plater, manage the day-to-day operations of the AMPATH Research Program offices, support the development of research infrastructure, and aid investigators in the development and implementation of research projects.

AMPATH’s Research Network Mission, Vision and Values

The AMPATH Research Program seeks to improve the health of the Kenyan people through the identification, development and dissemination of relevant and timely information on health and health care systems for use by decision-makers in medical care, public health and public policy in Kenya and elsewhere in resource-constrained settings.

The vision of AMPATH’s research network is to foster a vibrant, world-class Kenyan-led community of international researchers in health and health care.

  •  Service with humility
  • A spirit of collaboration and partnership
  • Integrity in relationships mutual respect and mutual benefit in organizational partnerships
  •  A focus on vulnerable population’s efforts to eliminate health disparities