Partnerships are a core element of Global Health research. Partnerships can be organized in a bilateral or multilateral structure, either geared towards an individual research project or focused on institutional-level collaborations. There may be many other forms of partnerships you can think of; be it between research groups only or including public and private partners. A ‘knowledge hub’ is the more complex type of partnership through which, according to the World Bank (2013) institutions or networks are dedicated to capture, share and exchange development experiences with national and international partners in order to accelerate development.
For a knowledge hub to be truly global and effectively respond to global health challenges, we are convinced it should also be equitable. But what does that mean in practice?
Take the global health challenge towards better performance of vaccines worldwide. There is an urgent need to find the specific factors driving differences in immune responses to vaccines. The newly set-up HypoVax Global Knowledge hub aims to tackle the problem of vaccine hyporesponsiveness by creating a platform that mobilises global researchers working in diverse fields related to vaccines to form a strong network focused on the Global South.
Inspired by this example, we will, together with young researchers from around the world, tackle the steps and components required to develop a global health focused knowledge hub with global relevance. You can still join us during the ECTMIH2023 pre-conference ECTMIH Academy and register through this link!
Long have we awaited the moment that we could welcome international students at the LUMC again. Due to COVID, all student mobility was cancelled for over 1,5 years. And despite still having regulations in place, especially during the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022, it was refreshing to cautiously welcome international students again. We’re so pleased to see that the students who came to Leiden had a fun, meaningful and above all, educational experience. In a questionnaire, they’ve given us an insight into how they experienced student mobility during these strange times.
Twice a year, the Research Mobility Fellowships of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) from the European Reference Networks (ERN) get awarded to prominent researchers or MDs to develop new skills and expertise in a European institution specialized in research on rare diseases.
On May 30th, international experts and politicians gathered in Leiden to discuss global health issues during the Global Impact in Health Symposium. Lively discussions were held on matters concerning equal worldwide access to vaccines and diversity within clinical research. New scientific insights were also shared, including on vaccine response differences between African and European populations. Missed the event? Check out the after movie and get in touch!