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Global Noncommunicable Disease Research: Opportunities and ChallengesGlobal NCD Research: Opportunities and Challenges

Lindsay M. Jaacks, PhD; Mohammed K. Ali, MBChB, MSc, MBA; John Bartlett, MD; Gerald S. Bloomfield, MD, MPH; William Checkley, MD; Thomas A. Gaziano, MD, MSc; Douglas C. Heimburger, MD, MS; Sandeep P. Kishore, MD, PhD; Racquel E. Kohler, PhD, MSPH; Kasia J. Lipska, MD, MHS; Olivia Manders, MA; Christine Ngaruiya, MD, DTM&H; Robert Peck, MD, MS; Melissa Burroughs Pena, MD, MS; David A. Watkins, MD, MPH; Karen R. Siegel, PhD, MPH; and K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 25 August 2015.


From Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Brigham and Women's Hospital and Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, Boston, Massachusetts; Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Center for Global Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York; and University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Acknowledgment: The authors thank Emory University, Office of the Provost, Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health, and the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center; the Hubert-Yeargen Center for Global Health at Duke University; and the VECD (Vanderbilt, Emory, Cornell, Duke) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program (R25 TW009337) housed at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health for their financial contribution to the U.S. Investigators' Network Symposium on Global Non-Communicable Diseases Research, held in Atlanta, Georgia, on 8–9 September 2014.

For a list of participants in the U.S. Investigators' Network Symposium on Global Non-Communicable Diseases Research, see the Appendix.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-1068.

Requests for Single Reprints: Lindsay M. Jaacks, PhD, Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 7040-I, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307; e-mail, ljaacks@emory.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Jaacks: Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 7040-I, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Dr. Ali: Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 7040, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Drs. Bartlett and Bloomfield: Duke Global Health Institute, 310 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710.

Dr. Checkley: Johns Hopkins University, Suite 9121, 1800 Orleans Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Dr. Gaziano: Brigham & Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115.

Dr. Heimburger: Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, 2525 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212.

Dr. Kishore: Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

Dr. Kohler: University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, 135 Dauer Drive, 1101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, Campus Box #7411, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Dr. Lipska: Yale School of Medicine, PO Box 208020, New Haven, CT 06520.

Ms. Manders: Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 7040-L, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Dr. Ngaruiya: Yale School of Medicine, 464 Congress Avenue, Suite 260, New Haven, CT 06519.

Dr. Peck: Weill Cornell Medical College Center for Global Health, 402 East 67th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10065.

Dr. Burroughs Pena: University of California, 505 Parnassus Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143.

Dr. Watkins: University of Washington, 325 9th Avenue, Box 359780, Seattle, WA 98104.

Dr. Siegel: Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 7040-J, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Dr. Venkat Narayan: Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 7049, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: L.M. Jaacks, M.K. Ali, J. Bartlett, G.S. Bloomfield, W. Checkley, T.A. Gaziano, D.C. Heimburger, S.P. Kishore, R.E. Kohler, K.J. Lipska, O. Manders, C. Ngaruiya, R. Peck, M. Burroughs Pena, D.A. Watkins, K.R. Siegel, K.M. Venkat Narayan.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: L.M. Jaacks, K.M. Venkat Narayan.

Drafting of the article: L.M. Jaacks, K.M. Venkat Narayan.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: L.M. Jaacks, M.K. Ali, J. Bartlett, G.S. Bloomfield, W. Checkley, T.A. Gaziano, D.C. Heimburger, S.P. Kishore, R.E. Kohler, K.J. Lipska, O. Manders, C. Ngaruiya, R. Peck, M. Burroughs Pena, D.A. Watkins, K.R. Siegel, K.M. Venkat Narayan.

Final approval of the article: L.M. Jaacks, M.K. Ali, J. Bartlett, G.S. Bloomfield, W. Checkley, T.A. Gaziano, D.C. Heimburger, S.P. Kishore, R.E. Kohler, K.J. Lipska, O. Manders, C. Ngaruiya, R. Peck, M. Burroughs Pena, D.A. Watkins, K.R. Siegel, K.M. Venkat Narayan.

Obtaining of funding: J. Bartlett, D.C. Heimburger, K.M. Venkat Narayan.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: G.S. Bloomfield, O. Manders.

Collection and assembly of data: L.M. Jaacks, R.E. Kohler, C. Ngaruiya.


Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(9):712-714. doi:10.7326/M15-1068
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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are among the leading causes of death and disability throughout the world. In September 2014, U.S. researchers met to discuss the challenges and opportunities in conducting global NCD research. This essay summarizes 4 strategies for moving forward on a global NCD research agenda.

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