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Exploration Projects of the Grand Challenge Initiative on Global Health

“Determinants of Global Health: Exploring Biological, Human-made & Environmental Factors”

Global Health encompasses health issues in a transnational and global perspective, focusing particularly on the interactions between globalization, health, and factors that influence health.

Global Health encompasses health issues in a transnational and global perspective, focusing particularly on the interactions between globalization, health, and factors that influence health.
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As part of the "Grand Challenge Initiative on Global Health" the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) is funding four innovative projects, which address urban mental health, planetary health, health care and migration, and antimicrobial resistance worldwide. The alliance projects will be funded with a total of approximately 5.4 million euros for three years.

The four funded projects

  • "Exploring and Designing Urban Density. Neurourbanism as a Novel Approach in Global Health": The neurourbanism research platform explores how urban density affects people's mental health. Based on a new theory of cognitive science of urban space, social, design, and construction factors that influence the mental health of young people and people with a migration history in the city are examined.
    BUA partner institutions involved in the project: Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin
  • "Re-Scaling Global Health. Human Health and Multispecies Cohabitation on an Urban Planet": Exploring urban human-animal-environment relationships and how they affect human health in urban spaces forms the basis of this project. The project thus investigates the multiple links between health, biodiversity, and environmental pollution.
    BUA partner institutions involved in the project: Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité, Freie Universität Berlin
  • "Exploring gender-specific determinants and contexts of migrant health from an integrated Global Health perspective": In the implementation of the right to health, migrant populations in Germany face numerous barriers and exclusion mechanisms of a social, cultural and structural nature. The project will examine health needs of different migrant groups, gender-related differences, and the dynamics of intersectional inequalities in Germany. Perspectives from potential countries of origin are included to develop potential solutions.
    BUA partner institutions involved in the project: Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin
  • "GlobalResist – Forecasting antibiotic resistance evolution – a new approach to address a major issue in global health": Development of resistance to antimicrobial agents is one of the major challenges in the fight against infectious diseases. GlobalResist is developing a wide-ranging approach to predicting antibiotic resistance that intricately links different disciplines. The aim is to enable the assessment of risks of patients developing resistance before use in the future, so that resistance issues can ideally be avoided, and antibiotics can be used more sustainably.
    BUA partner institutions involved in the project: Freie Universität Berlin, Charité, Technische Universität Berlin

Contact

Dr. Julia Wolanski, Scientific Coordinator Global Health
Email: grand-challenges@berlin-university-alliance.de