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[June 26, 2008]


SUNY Downstate Student to be NIH/Fogarty Fellow in Thailand


Noriyuki Murakami, a fourth-year student in SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Medicine, has been awarded a fellowship by the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program.

Mr. Murakami’s fellowship will take place at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program.

The NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program pairs American students with international students in the health sciences, creating partnerships and an international community of global health research scholars. These paired scholars receive a year of mentored clinical research training at an NIH-funded advanced research center in a developing country.

Scholars participate in ongoing research at their international field sites, including research on HIV/AIDS and related infections, sexually transmitted and other chronic diseases, malaria, and neurological and dietary issues. These opportunities provide insights for tomorrow’s clinical health global leaders, both in the U.S. and abroad.

This year, 33 U.S. scholars and 33 “twin” international scholars with similar training and background will be given the opportunity to experience clinical research training in developing countries around the world through the program.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Program in Public Health, the 376-bed University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator. SUNY Downstate is part of the 64-campus State University of New York.

SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.