FIWH and FISH, institutes of FUS, a not for profit organization, seeks to provide excellent, hands-on, and multi-disciplinary educational training for the next generation of scientists.
FIWH provides and coordinates global health-focused educational trainings and experiences for committed and dedicated undergraduates with a secondary goal of fostering lifelong compassion and career connection to serve the unmet health needs of the neglected people of the world. By collaborating with pharmaceutical companies, major research universities, and their professional collaborators like the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), undergraduates are able to achieve the third goal of FIWH: to have an impact on improving global health. Within these collaborations, undergraduates are inserted into a critical step in the drug discovery process, pre-clinical research, where they work in real-time and with real impact on the preparation of new and improved drug therapies for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
Since the summer of 2011, FIWH has coordinated an annual, unique, collaborative, NTD Research Program through an innovative partnership with AbbVie, Inc. During the summer months, this program ramps up in Chicago, Illinois and Steubenville, Ohio. Through this program, Franciscan undergraduates learn to work shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Rohde, undergraduates from other universities, AbbVie scientists, and not for profit, NTD partner scientists. Additionally, throughout the summer and the rest of the year, undergraduate leadership is encouraged and opportunities provided for assisting in the educational process with new classes and new research, practicing public speaking for community service and education, and training in scientific writing, preparation of slides, presenting, and publishing.