Geoffrey M. Curran, Ph.D., receives Fulbright Specialist Award
| The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awarded University of Arkansas Fulbright Specialist Scholarship for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy teacher Geoffrey M. Curran, Ph.D. He will pursue research opportunities in Ireland.
The grant reflects Curran’s leadership and contributions to society, according to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board congratulatory letter.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work closely with the University of Limerick to develop and deliver an Implementation Science Summer Program to their faculty and partners,” said Curran. “After doing a guest lecture and some consultation with them in 2021, I was so happy when they asked me to consider applying for the Fulbright Specialist Program with them. And I was even happier when our program has been selected.
Curran leaves for Ireland in June and returns in August. During his stay, he will deliver a didactic and interactive course on the science of implementation. The course, which will be offered to 40 program candidates, will be broadly aimed at researchers, clinicians, and health and policy administrators.
“This is an incredible honor that reflects the enormous value and impact of Dr. Curran’s work in the field of implementation science,” said Dean. Cindy Stowe, Pharm.D. “We are excited about the opportunities Dr. Curran will have in his role as a Fulbright Specialist and how this experience translates to enhancing local efforts and collaborations at UAMS.”
After the course, Curran will provide in-depth, project-specific mentoring to a smaller number of researchers applying for Irish or EU extramural research funding. He will also provide train-the-trainer assistance to professors from the University of Limerick returning to his course in the coming years, and mentor the directors of their new Implementation Science Cluster in building capacity in implementation sciences throughout Ireland.
Additionally, while in Ireland, Curran will consult on national implementation initiatives in healthcare and pharmacy practice, and explore future student and faculty exchange opportunities with the three schools of Ireland pharmacy.
Curran, who joined UAMS in 1999, is a professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy and director of the UAMS Implementation Research Center. He has other faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. He is also a health researcher at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. He was invested in April as the inaugural Endowment Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation.
Curran is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of implementation science, which is the study of how best to support the adoption of evidence-based practices. His highly cited work on research design and methods has had a significant influence on the field.
The Fulbright Program is the largest and most diverse international educational exchange program in the world and is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Its goal is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program.
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