UPDATE: I’ve heard that the registration mentioned below does NOT work with Firefox.  I hope this hasn’t affected too many people.  Enjoy the article and I look forward to your LIKE!

It’s fall and that means that it’s grant time and as always, there continues to be an interest in ways to study germs and find ways to prevent infection and deaths.

This year, however, is a little different.  Because for one grant, dealing with global health, who gets the money is actually up to you!

Why a grant in Global Health?

There is no doubt that germs play a role on a global scale and sometimes, we need to focus on finding those germs to ensure that we can keep people safe worldwide.  One such way to accomplish this is through detection of infection in areas where a lab is not an option.

Think of the desert, remote areas of the jungle or savanna plains.

In these areas, a clinic can be built and medical professionals can be brought in but using highly technological equipment poses more problems than most organizations can solve. A different approach that is both inexpensive and easy to use needs to be found.

Who is Involved?

There are many organizations committed to improving global health through funding. In the U.S., there are the Gates Foundation and USAID.  In Canada, Grand Challenges Canada has become a leader in these types of grants.  This year, Grand Challenges Canada is putting up money to support “Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health.”  This is a unique opportunity for those who are up and coming to the global health stage to acquire funding to bring their ingenious ideas to life.

One of these up and comers is a colleague and friend with whom I’ve worked and continue to develop grants and technology.  Her name is Dr. Maria DeRosa, at Carleton University in Ottawa and she is indeed becoming a leader in the scientific world and one who I truly believe can change the landscape of global germ health.

She is without a doubt a Rising Star.

Maria is using nanotechnology to find ways to improve and save lives.  She’s already talked about how nanotechnology can help feed the world and she’s won several awards including the prestigious John Charles Polanyi award for chemistry.  The way she’s going, I’m sure she’s destined to be in the hunt for the Nobel Prize.

For this grant, Maria has developed a model to diagnose tuberculosis infection in remote areas of the world, starting in Senegal in Africa.

To make this project easy to understand, she has made a video to show how her research will be used and how she will improve global health.  Perhaps more interestingly, she’s used a rather unique way to help viewers understand how her research works.

 She’s using dance.

I invite you to find out how she’s doing this by clicking on the above picture (or here). You’ll be taken to the application website where you can watch the whole video.  You’ll also see me but only as an interviewer.

How Can You Help? 

If you try to LIKE the video, you’ll notice that you have to Log In to vote.  It may seem like a pain but the registration process only take a few seconds and there are no hidden agendas.  It’s purely a formality to ensure that the process is fair.

Now I know what you may be thinking:  Why Should I Register?

This is where I believe that the social marketing of this entire idea behind global health comes into play (and why I think it’s brilliant).  Even though registration is primarily a way to keep the competition on the level, there is another question that this process answers.

How Committed Are You To Global Health?

This method really does separate the talkers from the walkers and calls out people to show that they can make a difference even if it is only through a few seconds of typing and clicking.

The people who have read, subscribed and commented on this blog have been excellent proponents of what I do and I am thankful for everyone’s interest and support.  It’s why I believe that each person who reads this already has the commitment to make some kind of change to improve health worldwide.

I hope no one finds this too overt when I say that for the sake of Maria’s research and the potentially millions of people that could be helped by her efforts, I think it’s worth the extra few seconds to register and like the video.

Props to you!

If you do Like the video on the site (not here, to be clear), let me know and I will be more than happy to recognize your contribution here.  Just comment below or Email me or Tweet me that you’ve Liked the video and I’ll be sure at the end to thank each and every one of you on both my and Maria’s behalf.

After all, making a difference isn’t just about the people we’re helping, it’s also about making sure that we recognize and thank all those who are taking steps, no matter how small, to help.  It’s time to recognize everyone who takes these steps so that no one feels ‘left out’ and decides that it’s not worth their time and eventually turns away.

Our global health is too important.

Thanks for your attention and in advance, your LIKE.