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The Lown Scholars Program

The Lown Scholars Program has been established in honor of Dr. Bernard Lown, a world-renowned cardiologist and activist, whose career has advanced public health globally. The Program is designed to create an international cadre of talented health professionals in low and middle income countries (LMICs) who will use public health tools and strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease and promote cardiac health. Our goal is to encourage and support teaching, research and training that will help prevent cardiovascular disease around the world, especially in LMICs.

The three types of Lown Scholars are described below:

Scholars-in-Residence are enrolled at HSPH, either as master’s students or as doctoral candidates, and are ordinarily in their last year of study. Recent graduates who are continuing their work as post-doctoral fellows are also eligible. When their training is complete, they bring their knowledge and experience back to their home countries or to another LMIC.

Junior Visiting Scholars are scientists or clinicians who have a position in their home country and are not degree candidates at HSPH. They typically spend 3 -12 months working with a mentor at HSPH for additional training that will further their work in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention. Alternatively, they may elect to visit HSPH for brief periods over several years.

Senior Visiting Scholars are well established in their careers and continue to work in their home countries. They generally visit HSPH for brief periods over several years, while continuing to perform research, teach and provide health care at their home institutions.

The Lown Program is designed to train scholars who are living and working in a LMIC. People who plan to stay in the United States or another high income country should not apply for this program.

The Program provides funding for training and mentoring to clinicians, scientists, nurses and other health practitioners in the fields of nutrition, epidemiology, pathophysiology and optimal management of heart disease. The program focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, both primary and secondary. This is achieved by integrated multidisciplinary training and collaborations encompassing the fields of physiology, nutrition, epidemiology, environmental health, noninvasive clinical cardiology, economics and health care delivery. The Program enables scholars to return to their home countries or another LMIC to implement preventive strategies related to cardiovascular disease and to practice cost-effective, evidence-based cardiology and public health. The scholars serve as role models in their communities, advocating a preventive approach to cardiovascular disease.

While at HSPH, Lown Scholars are encouraged to identify innovative applications of nutritional, biologic, behavioral and health policy approaches to the clinical practice and public policy dimensions of cardiovascular disease. They design and execute a research project relevant to or located in their home country or another LMIC, and participate in selected appropriate courses and activities.

Since Lown Scholars come from a variety of backgrounds and have varied career objectives, the Program is flexible in terms of content. Nonetheless, Lown Scholars share common experiences and a vision that binds them together. The Program also connects them with past Lown Scholars through periodic symposia known as Lown Colloquia, as well as through an ongoing expanding global network.

Lown scholars are also expected to participate in a January term course on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, which is organized by a member of the Lown Scholar community. Recent Lown Visiting Professor K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, who hosted the course in New Delhi in January of 2014.

For additional information, please visit the Lown Scholars Program website at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/lownscholars/

A list of low and middle income countries can be found here: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#LAC