Through the U.S. Department of Education division, Funding for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), and its program on European Community (EC)/United States of America Cooperation, Vincent S. Gallicchio, Ph.D., associate dean for research in the UK College of Health Sciences, has been awarded a grant to create the Transatlantic Health Consortium. Gallicchio is professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, UK College of Health Sciences, and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, UK College of Medicine.
The collaboration will link UK, University of Alabama, University of Kansas, and University of Puerto Rico with University of Central Lancashire and University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, the University of Cadiz in Spain, and Jonkoping University in Sweden.
The project will "cross-train" students in clinical laboratory sciences and biomedical sciences at the undergraduate and graduate level and also allow them to conduct research. Students will study at the participating institutions. At this time, it is uncertain how many international students will come to UK.
An identical application sent to the EC office in Brussels, Belgium, also will be funded in this joint venture. The project has been approved for three years, and the budget is in excess of $200,000, with a separate budget for the EC institutions at 150,000 Euros. It is scheduled to start in September.
"As overall director of the project, I am very excited," Gallicchio said. "I have been committed to gaining FIPSE's acceptance of this project for three years. It is a perfect enhancement of our existing international institutional exchange agreements that I created with several EC universities, of which we have more than 10 years experience. This is indeed an excellent opportunity for our students as well as faculty. As we look forward to the future, I know this will be an exciting project for all participating students and faculty from both American and European institutions."