SIGH News From 2018

Information on SiGH's grants, events, and projects during 2018

SIGH President, Dr. Sara Browne attended the AIDS 2018 Conference in Amsterdam

(July 2018-Amsterdam, Netherlands)

On July 24, SIGH President, Dr. Sara Browne spoke during a press conference on the topic of HIV prevention highlights research at the AIDS 2018 Conference in Amsterdam ( This AIDS conference is the largest international conference on global issues in the world. 

SIGH grant brings Mozambican surgeons to San Diego for continued collaboration

(May 2018-San Diego, California)

SiGH granted funding for continued collaboration between UC San Diego and the Maputo Cardiothoracic Surgeons this April and May.

Dr Matchecane Cossa and Dr Adriano Tivane were able to attend the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) which was held here in San Diego (April 28 - May 1). After informative and highly engaging sessions at AATS, these Mozambican surgeons reconnected with their UC San Diego counterparts for a week. During this time, they observed cardiac surgical procedures both at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, UC San Diego Cardiology Professor and Director of Device Services, led discussions defining parameters of future educational sessions and equipment needs in Maputo.

Drs Cossa and Tivane also met with Dr Michael Madani, Executive Director of Surgery of the Cardiovascular Institute, to explore future learning opportunities at the UC San Diego facility.

All in all, it was a productive visit and SiGH’s grant investment was put to excellent use in bridging the gap of healthcare between UC San Diego and their Mozambican counterparts. With plans to continue this collaboration through 2018, 2019, and beyond, SiGH will be instrumental in providing funding for this significant work.

To learn more about the American Association for Thoracic Surgery visit their website at :

SIGH Grant provides continued support to UCSD Cardiovascular Partnership with Maputo

(April 2018-San Diego, California)

Recently, a SIGH grant was awarded which allowed Dr. Tivane and Dr. Cossa, two cardiothoracic surgeons from Maputo, Mozambique, to come to the United States and attend the annual meeting for the international organization, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) in San Diego, CA from April 26- May 1. 

Dr. Adriano Tivane commented, “Taking part in such an important meeting was unique. I knew about this meeting since I was a trainee. This meeting allowed me to increase my knowledge on Congenital and Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery. I had the opportunity to update protocols and meet new people.”

As SIGH continues to fundraise, we hope to be able to continue to grant funding to support this partnership.

To learn more about the American Association for Thoracic Surgery visit their website at :