Last August a contingent of US AIDS researchers visited Malawi, where health officials believe 20% of the urban population is HIV-infected. The investigators wanted to know if government leaders would allow citizens to take part in an AIDS vaccination trial set to begin later this year. When meeting with the nation's top three health ministers, the visiting scientists were surprised to find that each were former Fogarty International Center (FIC) fellows trained at Johns Hopkins University. "The other investigators turned to me and said, 'Is there anyone here leading the AIDS effort that you haven't trained?'" says Chris Beyrer, a researcher from Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health and member of the Malawi team. "I had a good sense that we had had a big impact there. But it kind of surprised me."

The presence of Fogarty scholars shouldn't have surprised Beyrer. Johns Hopkins has been a part...

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