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Description of the Network and Research Agenda

Over the last six years, a group of investigators some of them members affiliated with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), and all of them working in reproductive health have formed the Global Network for Perinatal and Reproductive Health (GNPRH) representing many regions of the world and centers. The coordinators for the group, are Jorge E. Tolosa, M.D., M.S., and Pisake Lumbiganon, M.D., M.S.; the coordinating center is located at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. A technical advisory committee and a publications, presentations and authorship committee have been established.

The objectives of the group are to conduct clinical research in the area of reproductive health; identify:

  1. the most cost-effective interventions which can be applied to the populations studied;
  2. those which will improve the length and quality of life of the population as well as advance the knowledge of those conditions which affect the reproductive health of women and men.

In order to accomplish those objectives, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, social sciences, health economics and informatics are utilized. Twenty centers are located in thirteen countries. The investigators meet on a regular basis at an annual global meeting where the results of their research are presented, collaborative initiatives are developed and innovations in methodological issues in areas relevant to the conduction of cutting-edge research applied to the local needs are discussed. The last meeting was held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, in February 2002.

A technical advisory committee (TAC) has been established. The objectives of the TAC include provision of assistance to the coordinators and investigators of the network for definition and implementation of the research agenda; to identify opportunities for development of scientific collaboration or secure technical assistance for specific research projects. Form the TAC: Christopher Elias, (PATH, Seattle, USA), Robert Goldenberg (University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA), Pisake Lumbiganon, (Khon Kaen University, Thailand), Ruth Nduati, (University of Kenya, Kenya), Saroj Pachauri, (Population Council, India) and Jorge E. Tolosa, (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA). Ruth Frischer (USAID), and Cynthia Whitney (CDC), serve as ex-officio members.

As part of the development of this network, collaborations with scientists, technical experts and organizations working in the area of reproductive health have been established. Specifically, we are currently working with the Respiratory Disease Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States, and Population Council in Thailand and in India, and with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). Funding to support this initiative has been secured from different sources, including The Rockefeller Foundation, CDC, Thomas Jefferson University, INCLEN and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Research Agenda

In consultation with the TAC, a research agenda to be developed over the next three years has been defined. Two specific areas will be the focus of the investigators, 1) Perinatal and Neonatal Research and 2) Reproductive Tract Infections. The investigators and the TAC have agreed that important work in these two areas is urgently needed and the GNPRH has the capability and expertise to develop and implement important research initiatives that will have an impact on the health of the populations we serve. No other network like this one is currently established in the world. A major objective of the GNPRH will continue to be that of research capability development and transference of skills, at each one of the centers part of the network. This last goal will be secured by expansion of collaboration with centers and investigators from centers not part of the network and by supporting collaboration between centers part of the network.

Description of the Network and Research Agenda

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