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Public Health Professor Sarah Sullivan Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

Sarah SullivanRecently accoladed as a Fulbright Scholar, Sarah Sullivan, Associate Professor of the Public Health Program, explains her work in Bolivia and how she will be a resource at the country’s top universities for research ethics and methodology. Her goal is to support Bolivian health sciences researchers to help shape their findings for an international audience and establish an open exchange of ideas and information.

Could you explain in your own words the work you’ll be able to do as a Fulbright Scholar?

I will be working with 3 different public universities in Bolivia. During 3 months each year for 3 years, I will support research ethics classes and committees in the health science universities in the medical school, nursing school, nutrition programs, etc. Some of the universities are also interested in assistance in supporting hospital ethics committees which are linked to their medical schools. Research Ethics relates to protecting human subjects (or participants) in research. The now famous Tuskegee study, where standard medical treatment was withheld to research participants and they were also not offered "informed consent" to participate in the study, is an egregious example of a study where research ethics protocols were violated. The Bolivian universities have requested assistance in setting up their research ethics committees which are similar to Institutional Review Boards (or IRB committees) in universities in the USA.

What collaboration you have between these three universities?

This research ethics work is something that I have been working on in Bolivia for many years. Dr. Annette Aalborg from the Touro University California (TUC) Public Health program and I applied for several National Institutes of Health (NIH) research ethics grants with Bolivia over the last 5 years. In 2014, we were awarded a research ethics planning grant which allowed Bolivian academic researchers and community members from several regions to come together and participate in a face to face and online training. TUC Public Health faculty and students participated in this Training the Trainers (ToT) course. We have ongoing collaborations with the Bolivian universities supporting their research ethics committees, collaborating on research projects and student field studies. Several of our partners at the Bolivian universities are Adjunct Faculty in the TUC Public Health program.

What sort of research ethics issues will you be delving into?

After the ToT, we authored several papers on the innovative research ethics training course and results. The Bolivians are very engaged with the research ethics topics and hope to be involved with ongoing continuation courses to improve their knowledge and skills. Related Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) topics that I will also be discussing are authorship, conflicts of interest, data management, plagiarism and research conduct. I hope to use a case study approach (using case studies from WHO in English and Spanish) to engage the students in the topics.

The Fulbright Program is the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Congratulations to Ms. Sullivan for her achievement, which recognizes and supports her work to improve relations abroad to create lasting international relationships in the health sciences.

CEHS Dean and Professor, Jim O'Connor, contributes chapter on Invitational Education in Higher Education

O’Connor, Jim.  Touro University California.  ”One Educator’s Invitational Journey in Higher Education and Beyond”. Invitational Education and Practice in Higher Education: An International Perspective, eds. Sheila T. Gregory and Jenny Edwards. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD,  pp.227-248 (March, 2016).

Read the first few pages of the chapter.

Learn more about the book on Google Books.

100 Fellows and Counting!

For over five years, NapaLearns has provided tuition support for teachers to earn their Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Touro University.  Teachers learn the latest practices related to project-based learning, personalized digital curriculum and assessment, and use of digital tools and resources. They also complete a capstone project based on applied research in their schools and share their results with fellow educators.

NapaLearns is proud to announce that since launching the Fellows Program in 2011, over 100 educators have entered the program and 80 have graduated!

NapaLearns thanks their funders, Touro Graduate School of Education Program Chair, Dr. Pamela Redmond, and Touro University leadership for helping NapaLearns meet this monumental milestone!

To learn more about the Fellows Program, visit

COM Awarded $393,250 NIH Grant

Touro University California congratulations Dr. Miriam Gochin, along with her research team of Guangyan Zhou, Shidong Chu, and Ariana Nemati, for receiving an R21 grant titled "Mechanism of indole compounds as HIV fusion inhibitors" in the amount of $393,250 from the National Institutes of Health.  To read more, click here.

TUC - A Hub for Specialized Research on Human Metabolism

Two National Institute of Health (NIH) grants were awarded to Touro University California (TUC) in the span of just one week, driving TUC as a leading center for research.  To read more, click here.

Study on Cholesterol Makes Top Ten Global List

There’s a reason why Dr. Alejandro Gugliucci's first article for 2013 holds a spot in the top 10 list of articles written globally on the specialty of describing a new method to study the good cholesterol – it’s a hot and relevant topic in today’s medical setting.  To read more, click here.

CEHS Co-Sponsors International Conference on Water Quality

Touro University California’s (TUC) College of Education and Health Sciences co-sponsored Sias International Water Conference's "Leveraging Factors for our Planetary Future" in late May 2013, which gathered dedicated environmentalists, international scholars, and other contributors responding to the global challenge of radical climate change.  To read more, click here.