The Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a three-day research training institute on household air pollution (HAP) from October 9-12, 2012, at FIC's Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The HAP training institute is being organized in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Over the course of the three days of the HAP training institute, faculty from diverse backgrounds will use a mix of didactic and participatory methods to enable investigators to better define and understand the health risks associated with HAP, the epidemiological principles that can inform the development of robust and appropriate research study designs, the critical role of the social, behavioral and cultural factors affecting stove adoption, and the complex and evolving technologies for improved stoves and fuels, exposure monitoring, and biomarker development.
After completing the training institute, researchers will have met the following learning objectives, gaining:
- An understanding of the fundamentals of improved stove and fuel technology, including the principles of fuel and combustion efficiencies and stove performance testing.
- Familiarity with the basics of relevant exposure measurements.
- An understanding of the importance of behavioral cultural, economic and social dynamics that influence stove adoption and use.
- “Hands-on” experience with developing experimental designs to test hypotheses regarding HAP and fire related health effects.
Applications to the HAP training institute will be accepted through July 27th, 2012. Please visit https://meetings.fic.nih.gov/index.cfm?event=home&ID=3897 to find out more about the training institute and the application process.