Research Training in Injuries and Trauma 

(Fogarty ICTIRT Program)


The Fogarty international Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program is a partnership between the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Aga Khan University. This is a five year programme that commenced in February 2005.

This training programme consists of two components:

  • Short term training options that take place in Pakistan and include workshops, seminars and online courses in topics relevant to injury and trauma research;
  • Long term training consists of an opportunity for at least six individuals leading to an MPH degree from JHU and completion of a publishable research study.

Aims and Objectives

  • To develop a strategic plan for establishing an Institute for Injury and trauma Research and Training at AKU;
  • To train a small nucleus of experts in injury and trauma research;
  • To train a critical mass of scientists, health professionals and academics in the principles of injury prevention and control;
  • To raise awareness among health and other professionals in Pakistan about the importance of injury and trauma research;
  • To foster collaboration among injury and trauma researchers within Pakistan and establish linkages with the international injury research community.


This Programme is supported by a grant from the John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institute for Health. This Center draws its funding from FIC, Seven NIH partners, the CDC, PAHO and WHO.

Fogarty Fellows

To date, four researchers have been enrolled in the long-term training component of the programme. These Fogarty fellows are in the process of completing their MPH degrees and fellowships with JHU.

The Fogarty fellows and the research projects that they are working on are:

  • Development of Electronic Trauma Registry 
    Dr Amber Mehmood 
    This registry is being developed to be used as a desktop software application. It will be capable of capturing well defined patients with moderate to severe trauma, including demographics, anatomic and physiologic scoring, ER and hospital course and discharge capacity. 
    The project is running with the help of two software design ers, Saleha Raza and Nida Mumtaz, from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Karachi .

  • Assessment of the Knowledge of Emergency Physicians Regarding Care of Trauma and Emergency Patients in Four Districts of Sindh 
    Dr Mohammad Baqir 
    In this study, Emergency Physicians will be asked to answer a questionnaire followed by a training workshop on BLS and First Aid in four districts of Sindh.

  • Characteristics of Deliberate Self Harm in Emergency Departments - A Case Control Study from Pakistan 
    Dr Mohammad Shahid 
    The objective of this research is to study the characteristics and outcome in patients presenting to the Emergency Department of four tertiary care hospitals of Karachi with Deliberate Self Harm.

  • Dr Nadeemullah Khan

Online courses in topics relevant to Trauma and Injury Research are available from the Johns Hopkins University.