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Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Stanton appointed to NIH's Fogarty International Center Board

Bonita Stanton, M.D.

Bonita Stanton, M.D.

Bonita Stanton, M.D., the Schotanus Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Center, has been appointed to the advisory board of the John E. Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.

The advisory board, made up of scientists, physicians and representatives of the global health community, addresses global health challenges via innovative and collaborative research. It supports training programs and international partnerships. Board members provide advice on how resources can be most effectively used to advance research and training in poorer countries.

"I am deeply honored and thrilled by the opportunity to serve in an advisory capacity to the institute at the NIH devoted to global health research and research training,” Dr. Stanton said. “The conduct and training of researchers worldwide are critical components of any strategy seeking to improve our world's health and to achieve the long-range vision of global rather than national or regional expectations of well-being.”

The board, she said, plays an active role in helping to lead ad hoc groups and consultative workshops to advance the center’s mission. The group meets three times annually and is responsible for second-level review and approval of Fogarty Center grants. Board members serve for four years.

“We are honored that these outstanding scholars and clinicians would serve on Fogarty's advisory board,” said center Director Roger I. Glass. “The diversity of their backgrounds is in keeping with the center's long tradition of tackling global health challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective.”

One of six new board appointees, Dr. Stanton has served as a maternal child health specialist with the World Bank and directed the Urban Volunteer Program at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh.

After receiving her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Stanton served as medical director of the Hill Health Center in New Haven, Conn. After that, she and her family lived for five years in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she served as director of the Urban Volunteer Program, directed toward the health of Bangladeshis living in the slums of Dhaka, and as the World Bank Maternal Child Health Specialist for Bangladesh. She also spent six months in Cairo, Egypt, working with United States Agency for International Development on a healthy mother and child project.

Dr. Stanton has consulted with many national and international groups, including the World Bank, World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health and the International Vaccine Institute on issues related to urban health, HIV/AIDS transmission in youth, maternal child health, vaccines and health services research. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is an editor of the 18th edition of "Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics."

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