Named after Congressman John E. Fogarty, the FIC is part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its mission is "to reduce global health disparities by supporting and promoting research and to prepare the current and future generation of international and U.S. scientists to meet global health needs." FIC supports basic biological, behavioral, and social science research, as well as related research training. One of the center's areas of concern is the consequences for human health of the loss of the planet's biodiversity: its International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) program is a unique effort that addresses how local communities can benefit economically from the discovery and conservation of natural drug products. Reports prepared by the Fogarty Center address the significance and use of both prescription and herbal remedies, including the latter's place in the health care systems of indigenous peoples.
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