The Fogarty International Center (FIC) awarded Michael Escamilla, M.D., a five-year grant to develop an international training program aimed at erasing health disparities in developing countries. Dr. Escamilla and a team of educators from San Antonio and Costa Rica will train Costa Rican psychiatrists and molecular biologists at the Health Science Center.
"Genetics are becoming a more and more important part of medicine, and developing countries are lagging far behind in knowledge about genetic disease, genetic research and the ethical issues related to genetics," Dr. Escamilla said. His program will enhance researchersí technical, laboratory and clinical skills, as well as address the ethical, social and legal implications of genetic research in low- and middle-income countries.
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