The Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP) is a major capacity building program at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Spearheaded by Principal Investigator and Program Director, Dr. Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, SHARP is an interfaculty collaborative effort across campus faculty that provides graduates with the required foundations to pursue a career in clinical and translational research. It is the first-of-its-kind in the region and a successful model of similar programs available in several top-tier academic institutions in the US, It equips trainees with management and leadership skills needed to become “change agents” and lead research groups, academic departments, or other healthcare settings.
The move to the ACC building coincides with SHARP’s 5th year as an established master’s program at AUB. This move will bring the SHARP offices closer to campus, the Medical Center, and other relevant research facilities such as CRI and IRB, amongst others.
The mission of the Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is to provide superior didactic education complemented with state-of-the-art interactive and practical training in health research, with a focus on non-communicable diseases research. It is intended for physicians and other healthcare professionals, to improve and advance the healthcare agenda for non-communicable diseases in Lebanon and the region.
SHARP’s vision is to:
Acquire essential skills to conduct clinical and translational research
Engage a diverse pool of students from multiple relevant disciplines
Advance the healthcare agenda of non-communicable diseases in the region
The American University of Beirut (AUB) was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2012 to establish the new interdisciplinary program, the Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP). AUB’s application competed successfully against several first-tier academic centers within the US and other international applications. The NIH granted 14 full awards of which only two were outside the US, AUB being one of them.
Since 2013, SHARP has been offering yearly summer certificates from which 103 students have graduated. In addition, SHARP provides intermediate research training for SHARP summer graduates and accordingly, students have the opportunity to solidify their research skills and publish their projects. Finally, SHARP offers an MS program in Health Research. To date, three students have graduated with an MS degree, and seven are currently enrolled in the MS program.