GINGER Celebrates Graduation of First Cohort of Research Fellows

On May 20th, GINGER virtually celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of Research Fellows after they completed three years of research education, which included over 126 hours of virtual classroom education and 160 in-person workshop hours. The 17 Research Fellows were joined during the graduation by over 50 individuals logging on from 7 different countries, all of whom have supported the fellows throughout their time in the program. This included Stanley Center leadership, GINGER collaborating Principal Investigators, as well as broader members of the GINGER community, including members of the NeuroGAP, NeuroDEV and NeuroGenE programs. Individual mentors of the fellows and community members from collaborating institutions were also present, along with several GINGER Teaching Fellows. Remarks were provided by Drs. Karestan Koenen and Steve Hyman, as well as Dr. Alicia Martin, who spoke about her time as a Teaching Fellow, and reflections on their time in the program were provided by fellows Abebe Hailu, Dr. Nastassja Koen, Dr. Emmanuel Mwesiga, and Dr. Linnet Ongeri, who spoke on behalf of their country cohorts. The GINGER Program would like to thank all of those who have supported the program since its inception in 2017!

GINGER On-site Training in Campeche, Mexico – January 2019

GINGER and the NeuroMex project recently collaborated to provide a research skills training course for NeuroMex study team members. The goal of the training was to begin providing the project’s clinical researchers with research skills needed to work with and analyze NeuroMex study data. Led by GINGER & NeuroMex Team Members Courtney White, Kristi Post, Brena Sena and Dr. Pamela Morales, the training took place from January 27 – 31st in Campeche, Mexico and focused on biostatistical analysis and R programming skills. GINGER Teaching Fellows, Dr. Carla Márquez-Luna [(Mt. Sinai), Aarón Sonabend [Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health), and Dr. Alejandro Reyes (Dana-Farber, Harvard-Chan & the Broad Institute), adapted GINGER curriculum and led all training instruction in Spanish.


The training kicked off with opening remarks by Dr. José Luis González Pinzón,  the Campeche State Secretary of Health, Dr. Saúl Arroyo, Director of the Campeche Psychiatric Hospital, and study PI Dr. Beatriz Camarena. Highlights of the week included NeuroMex team members working in R with their own study data, a cross-sharing discussion of lessons learned in study implementation and team building outside of teaching hours. The training was supported by a Mexico Innovation Fund grant from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, with support from the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.

GINGER On-site Training in Addis Ababa – November 2019

GINGER held the program’s 4th on-site training from November 18-22, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University. The one-week workshop focused on introductory biostatistics and the use of R programming for statistical analysis. The workshop was led by GINGER’S PI, Dr. Lori Chibnik in collaboration with NeuroGAP-Psychosis Ethiopia PI Dr. Solomon Teferra. Dr. Laurent Francioli (Broad Institute), Dr. Isabel Fulcher (Harvard Medical School), and Dr. Katrina Devick (Mayo Clinic) joined as Teaching Fellows, and Dr. Girmay Medhin from AAU supported teaching efforts. GINGER Research Fellows Melkam Kebede and Abebe Hailu led sections on introductory biostatistics and Rprogramming using the knowledge they had learned throughout the GINGER Virtual Classrooms.

GINGER On-site Training in Durban, South Africa – February 2019

GINGER hosted its 4th on-site training in Durban, South Africa from February 4-16, 2019. The training was run in collaboration with the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, led by Department Head Prof. Bonga Chiliza, who also serves as the Chair of the NeuroGAP Advisory Board, and Senior Specialist and Lecturer Dr. Saeeda Paruk. Topics included research methods and analysis in biostatistics and epidemiology, R programming, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and data management. The course was led by GINGER’s Director and Associate Director, Drs. Lori Chibnik and Bizu Gelaye, who were joined by GINGER Teaching Fellows Dr. Sali Farhan of the Broad Institute, and Drs. Zachary McCaw and Katrina Devick of the Harvard-Chan School.