Fellowship site: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
US institution: UC Berkeley
Research interest: Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jerome Chin is a board-certified neurologist and lecturer in global health at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. He has a M.D. and Ph.D. (pharmacology) from Yale University and a M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a neurology residency at UCSF. Dr. Chin is a visiting neurology faculty member at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine in Kampala, Uganda. To address the massive awareness and treatment gap for high blood pressure in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Chin founded the Alliance for Stroke Awareness and Prevention Project (ASAPP) in 2011. ASAPP is a non-profit organization that provides free weekly community-based hypertension screening and education at six locations of religious worship in Kampala.
Project: High blood pressure is the leading global risk factor for premature death and disability. Current evidence indicates a higher age-standardized prevalence of hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa compared to other regions of the world. Dr. Chin will study the awareness of and risk factors for hypertension in urban Uganda and evaluate the frequency of target organ damage in newly-diagnosed hypertensive individuals.