Dr. Victor Cardenas, a researcher with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Columbia where he will study birth defects caused by the Zika virus and develop curriculum for a epidemiology training program there.
The Fulbright award, established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is funded by Congress and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Dr. Cardenas is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their fields.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award to do research and teach in Columbia,” said Dr. Cardenas.
Dr. Cardenas will conduct a study that compares markers of previous dengue infection among mothers of children affected by congenital Zika Syndrome with those of mothers of unaffected children. He will also develop an Applied Epidemiology curriculum for the Columbian National Institute of Health-supported Field Epidemiology Training Program in Columbia in collaboration with Columbia’s National University.
“I hope to improve the academic credentials of graduates of the training program, thereby making them more competitive in the labor market, but my ultimate goal is to improve public health in Columbia,” Dr. Cardenas said.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25