New England Journal of Medicine
July 6, 2017 Vol. 377 No. 1
Preserving the Fogarty International Center — Benefits for Americans and the World
P.K. Drain, R. Subbaraman, and D.C. Heimburger
… The FIC has been instrumental in extending the frontiers of health research around the globe and ensuring that advances in science are implemented to reduce the burden of disease, promote health, and extend longevity for all people. By facilitating rare training experiences for U.S. scientists in LMICs, the center has created a cadre of productive researchers with the capacity to find solutions with regard to global diseases such as Zika and Ebola that will continue to threaten human health everywhere. FIC funding of training experiences for LMIC researchers has undergirded the NIH’s capacity to conduct multinational studies, yielding insights that have transformed the care of patients in the United States and many other countries. For these reasons, we believe the U.S. Congress, the President, and the NIH should ensure that the FIC’s funding is sustained. Preservation of the FIC and its globally oriented mission represents a critical investment in the health of the American people as well as the global community.