In November 2017 The Global Health Network presented a symposium at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting titled "Research Capacity Development: Harnessing the Sharing Revolution in Global Health Research"

Joby George RN RM, a longstanding GRN member, and coordinator of the India Regional Faculty spoke on 'Working together to deliver 'how-to' research skills'. Here is his report, based on the slides in the right hand panel:

"It was a great honor to represent one among the research nurses across the globe at the 66th Annual Conference of ASTMH in Baltimore, US as an invited speaker on behalf of the Global Health Network (TGHN). The ASTMH annual conference was an international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and representatives of tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Since my area of interest is to upgrade research skills among healthcare professionals in Low and Middle Income Countries, the conference was an ideal platform. Representing a regional faculty of TGHN I would be exploring some of the great resources of TGHN to improve the research skills at the talk.

The conference started with opening remarks by Dr Iveta Simera from TGHN, Oxford University. I then introduced the audience to E-learning opportunities from the Training Centre, a detailed description of “The Process Map”, which is an A-Z map for starting a study, and ‘Site Finder’, an application that connects researchers and funders across the globe. I then offered a snapshot of the events and networking opportunities and focused on certain challenges and ways they may be overcome.

The talk was attended by almost 80 researchers across the globe. I had the opportunity to interact with researchers across the globe and to be introduced to work conducted by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the Geneva Foundation to name a few. The conference enabled me to do networking which would serve as a budding platform for my career development and expertise. I would therefore like to thank TGHN, headed by Prof.Trudie Lang at the Nuffield Centre of Tropical Medicine and Health , Oxford University and her team for their valuable guidance and support including Dr Iveta, Tamzin Furtado, Liam Boggs, Leandro Abade, Dr.Jackeline Alger from the TGHN Honduras faculty, Prof. Morenike Ukpong from Nigeria and to all those who have helped behind the screens to have a great interactive symposium. Last but not the least, the conference was a perfect learning experience and I am looking forward to working in the field of Tropical Medicine towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thank you once again for the TGHN team who believed on my strength to carry forward the torch of accelerating research through sharing knowledge on this great City of Maryland-Baltimore.

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