GRIT Consortium

Eight countries working globally to build capacity and curb the burden of hypertension locally

Researches facing whiteboard pointing at post-it notes

Our group of researchers in India collaborate with the ministry of health to develop and implement policy change for hypertension awareness, prevention, and treatment

Purpose of GRIT Consortium

In 2017 NHLBI established the GRIT consortium in order to facilitate and establish a strategy that connects consortium members to capacity building initiatives and implementation science strategies.

The joint work from the consortium will enhance capacity-building efforts and the use of evidence-based interventions for non-communicable disease prevention and control in LMICs.

Across these 8 countries, members are able to conduct research that identifies and evaluates implementation strategies targeted at the prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension.

In addition, to supporting the development of skills, needs assessment and capacity building in these varying contexts.

Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, Co-Director of GRIT-CC, introduces our organisation, aims and achievements.

GRIT Governance

Activities of the GRIT consortium will be driven by the steering committee, elected every 12 months.

  • Rajesh Vedanthan
    Dr. Rajesh Vednathan is the chair of the steering committee and the Director of the Section for Global Health at New York University School of Medicine.
  • Archana Shrestha

    Archana Shrestha, Ph.D.

    Consortium Vice- Chair
    Dr. Archana Shrestha is an Associate Professor at the Public Health Department, KathmanduUniversity School of Medical Sciences. She serves as the Vice-chair of the GRIT consortium. She is a trained epidemiologist and implementation science researcher.
  • Vilma Irazola

    Vilma Irazola, MD, MPH, PhD

    Co-Chair, Data Harmonization and Joint Research Sub-Committee
    Dr. Irazola serves as the Co-Chair for Data Harmonization and Joint Research Sub-Committee of the GRIT consortium and is also a research team member of the Hy-TREC Guatemala project.
  • Juliet Iwelunmor

    Juliet Iwelunmor, Ph.D.

    Chair, Publications Sub-Committee
    Dr. Juliet Iwelunmor is the Chair of the publications sub-committee for the GRIT consortium.
  • Meredith Fort

    Meredith Fort, MPH, Ph.D

    Co-Chair, Capacity Building Sub-committee
    Dr. Meredith Fort serves as the current co-chair of the capacity building sub-committee, she is also a research member of the Hy-TREC Guatemala project.
  • Jacob Plange-Rhule

    Jacob Plange-Rhule, MD, PhD, FWACP, FGCP, FRCP

    Co-Chair, Capacity Building Sub-Committee
    Dr. Jacob Plange-Rhule serves as the current co-chair of the capacity building sub-committee, he is the principal investigator of the Hy-TREC Ghana project and the contact principal investigator for the GRIT coordinating center.
  • Mark J. Butler

    Mark J. Butler, Ph.D.

    Data Harmonization Facilitator
    Dr. Butler serves at the data harmonization and joint research facilitator for the GRIT consortium
  • Deborah Onakomaiya

    Deborah Onakomaiya, MPH

    Publications Sub-committee Facilitator
    Deborah Onakomaiya serves as the Publications Sub-committee Facilitator for the GRIT- Consortium
  • Ashlin Rakhra

    Ashlin Rakhra, MPH

    Capacity Building Sub-committee Facilitator
    Ashlin Rakhra serves as the Capacity Building Sub-committee Facilitator for the GRIT- Consortium
  • Nikhil Tandon

    Nikhil Tandon, MD, PhD

    Former Co-Chair, Data Harmonization Sub-committee
    Dr. Tandon is the former co-chair of the Data Harmonization & Joint Research Sub-Committee
  • Annette Fitzpatrick

    Annette Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

    Former Chair, Capacity Building Sub-Committee
    Dr. Fitzpatrick serves as the former chair of the Capacity Building Sub-Committee for the GRIT consortium. She is also a research team member of the TREIN Nepal Project
  • Victor Davila-Roman

    Victor Davila-Roman, MD, FACC, FASE

    Former Consortium Chair
    Dr. Davila-Roman is the Former Chair of the GRIT consortium and he is in charge of leading the steering committee of the consortium.

Consortium Sub-Committees

The TREIN/Hy-TREC consortium consists of 3 sub-committees with responsibility for capacity building, publications and data harmonization and joint research.

A smiling group of young adults in Ghana

The Capacity Building Subcommittee aims to maximize infrastructure development and training across the GRIT consortium.

The sub-committee is responsible for the following:

  1. Developing new tools and platforms for capacity building efforts and evaluation among participating consortium countries
  2. Sharing approaches for in-country capacity building programs to strengthen collaborations between TREIN/Hy-TREC institutions to address hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
  3. Develop plan for sharing training materials, designing/implementing joint training efforts, and standardizing implementation research training, where appropriate, across theconsortium
  4. Assess the types of training critical to local and regional research capacity building efforts, and develop effective training activities tailored for researchers and ancillary personnel.
  5. Develop a best practices protocol in building capacity for NCD research using implementation science to aid LMICs

This committee oversees joint publications among GRIT consortium members in line with the consortium’s goal of advancing late stage Phase 4 translational research in LMICs.

The sub-committee is responsible for the following:

  1. Promote collaborative publications and presentations among researchers working and practicing in LMICs
  2. Develop policies, procedures, and guidelines for drafting, reviewing and approval of joint manuscripts and other materials (e.g., pamphlets, PPTs, etc.) for disseminating program information and findings.
  3. Establish and monitor dissemination strategies for publications (i.e., reports, scientific papers, journal articles, special journal issues, press releases, posters, other presentations)
  4. Ensure manuscripts and presentations involving work from the TREIN/Hy-TREC consortium reflects accurate reporting of the design, conduct, and analysis of studies.
  5. Identify common areas of interest among research studies across the consortium

This committee oversees all data related to late stage phase 4 translational research (T4TR) implementation research from each country in the consortium.

This sub-committee is responsible for the following:

  1. Tentatively prepare a manuscript around data harmonization for advancing global implementation research.
  2. Define and establish metrics for measuring implementation outcomes
  3. Lead data harmonization efforts with teams across the consortium to determine what can be harmonized, what should be harmonized, and how best to leverage these data for joint research efforts.
  4. Leverage members’ expertise and provide insight to support research of the consortium. Provide methodological consultation and promote discussion of research information and research successes/challenges
  5. Identify common areas of interest/overlap among projects across the consortium. Share information, discuss challenges, and develop collaborative proposals for submission to NIH and other funding organizations.

Meet the GRIT team

Activities at the coordinating center for the consortium are driven by the GRIT-CC team.

  • Juliet Iwelunmor

    Juliet Iwelunmor, Ph.D.

    Co-Principal Investigator
    Dr. Juliet Iwelunmor is a Co-Principal Investigator of the GRIT coordinating center, which serves as the administrative arm of the consortium.
  • Gbenga Ogedegbe

    Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP

    Co- Principal Investigator
    Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe is a Co-Principal Investigator of the GRIT coordinating center, which serves as the administrative arm of the consortium.
  • Jacob Plange-Rhule
    Professor Plange-Rhule is the Principal Investigator the Contact Principal investigator for the GRIT coordinating center, which serves as the administrative arm of the consortium
  • Mark J. Butler

    Mark J. Butler, Ph.D.

    Data Analyst
    Dr. Butler is the data analyst for the GRIT consortium he is also an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine.
  • Deborah Onakomaiya

    Deborah Onakomaiya, MPH

    Research Coordinator & Website Manager
    Deborah Onakomaiya is the research coordinator and website manager for Global Research on Implementation and Translation Science Coordinating Center.
  • Ashlin Rakhra

    Ashlin Rakhra, MPH

    Program Coordinator
    Ashlin Rakhra is the project coordinator for Global Research on Implementation and Translation Science Coordinating Center.