Building research capacity for implementation science in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to address the challenge of non-communicable diseases
Professor Brian Oldenburg is Chair of Non-Communicable Disease Control and Director of the Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Brian Oldenburg is a behavioural scientist and population health researcher. His research focuses on how to improve the prevention and control of diabetes, heart disease and co-morbid mental health conditions. He has also developed and evaluated new technologies and mobile-health interventions to improve diabetes control and outcomes. In recent years, he has been studying how to address the spread of cardiometabolic disease in Asia and Africa. He is a visiting professor in Finland and China, including at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Brian Oldenburg writes: ‘Traditionally, most of the training for early career researchers from low- middle-income countries has been undertaken in high-income countries. There are problems with this approach. The crisis of non-communicable diseases, which is now occurring in most low- and middle-income countries, requires more local and context-specific approaches to improve chronic disease prevention and management.
‘We have been trialling and evaluating a new approach – the Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease (ASCEND Programme) – funded for the last five years by the US National Institutes of Health. We are now incorporating the learning from that programme into some new initiatives between Australia, India and other countries.’
The Centre for Implementation Science at the National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research [CLAHRC] South London, including King's Improvement Science [KIS], is based at King's College London. The CIS is home to a team of expert researchers, including health economists and statisticians. They investigate how best to help implement evidence-based practice and research results within health services in south London and further afield.