The INF hosts the Science Training Encouraging Peace Graduate Training Program (STEP-GTP), lead by Dr. Allen Taylor of Tufts University.
The mission of STEP-GTP is to provide graduate level science and medical training to pairs of Palestinian and Israeli students or medical fellows so they may deliver needed services and lead the next generation of professionals. STEP-GTP believes that equal access to education is an essential component of an open and equitable society and a necessary precursor to the mutually-beneficial flow of information between peoples. STEP-GTP offers training in fields identified as critical needs by Israeli and Palestinian educational leaders. These fields include nutrition, genetics (especially genetic counseling), clinical biochemistry, ophthalmology, diabetology, and health communication.
The STEP-GTP Director, Dr. Allen Taylor, has twenty-two years’ experience successfully building and managing international, interdisciplinary and collaborative scientific programs. His most recent projects involve multiple research teams working in India, Holland, Australia, Israel and China. The objective of these programs is to reduce blindness. Dr. Taylor has managed over $20,000,000 in national and international grants that have required annual reportage and accounting.
Dr. Taylor, along with staff assistants in his Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research and at the International Nutrition Foundation will administer the program, bringing together the key players to design, plan and implement program components.