Fogarty awards $13M in new HIV research training grants
July / August 2016 | Volume 15, Number 4
To help developing countries address the issues that are emerging as their HIV epidemics evolve, Fogarty and NIH partners are investing up to $13 million over five years to support new awards in HIV research training. Fifteen grants in a dozen countries will be funded. Research training topics include AIDS-related cancers; cardio-metabolic complications of HIV and its treatments; and prevention and control strategies.
Funding comes through Fogarty's HIV Research Training Program, designed to build capacity in a specific area at an institution in a low- and middle-income country (LMIC). It’s the Center’s latest effort in nearly 30 years of support for HIV research training.
“Partnerships between U.S. scientists and colleagues in LMICs have produced significant advances in HIV/AIDS,” says Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. “We must continue to support research training so that developing countries are able to tackle the prevention, treatment and care research agendas they are defining as their respective epidemics evolve.”
The bulk of the funding supports five-year programs, many of which are in sub-Saharan Africa where two-thirds of all people with HIV live, according to UNAIDS. Three of those projects focus on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and other diseases. In Zambia, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln will partner with the country’s only major cancer treatment center and University of Zambia Medical School for training in HIV-related cancer biology and genomics. In Rwanda, clinical investigators will be developed to address HIV, antiretroviral therapies and cardio-metabolic complications, such as hypertension and diabetes. A non-governmental organization in Rwanda, the Regional Alliance for Sustainable Development, received the grant and will collaborate with U.S. investigators from Washington University School of Medicine. Scientists in Mali will advance their study of HIV and mycobacterial infections, such as tuberculosis, in a program led by Northwestern University.
In Zimbabwe, training will focus on clinical pharmacology research related to antiretroviral therapies, under a grant to the University at Buffalo. To further strengthen laboratory-based research capacity in Uganda, Case Western Reserve University will educate scientists in basic microbiology and immunology for research in HIV and HIV/AIDS-related diseases.
Other research training awards will focus on gaps in HIV prevention and care. In Nigeria, researchers will receive training from the University of Maryland, Baltimore to address barriers to lowering transmission in a country with more than 3 million people living with HIV. In Kazakhstan, where high rates of injection drug use contribute to HIV, the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center will provide training in implementation science research. And, in Vietnam, the University of California, Los Angeles program will stress methodologies to design, guide and evaluate HIV prevention and control practices among key populations in the HIV epidemic.
Smaller, three-year training grants will help improve the research infrastructure at LMIC institutions in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The programs will provide training in research administration and grants management; information and communications technologies needed for current research; and in-country research ethics committees.
Two-year planning grants, awarded to institutions in Botswana, Uganda, India and Georgia, will help them develop concepts for their own research training programs and prepare to apply for further funding. Two of the grants focus on biostatistics, which is a critical area to support research, and one supports development of biomedical engineering related to HIV/TB.
Fogarty's partners in the effort are the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH).
5-year International Research Training Grants
- Case Western Reserve University
Microbiology and Immunology Training for HIV and HIV-Related Research in Uganda (MITHU)
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Henry Boom
- Northwestern University
HIV and Mycobacterial Disease in Mali
Principal Investigators: Dr. Robert L. Murphy (contact); Dr. Souleymane Diallo
- Regional Alliance for Sustainable Development (RASD Rwanda)
HIV- and ART-associated Cardiometabolic Research Training in Rwanda
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Eugene Mutimura
- State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
KNMU-SUNY HIV Research Training Program
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Jack A. Dehovitz
- University at Buffalo
HIV Research Training Program
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Gene D. Morse
- University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA/Vietnam Training Program in Evaluation and Advanced Methodologies
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Li Li
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
Epidemiology Research Training for Public Health Impact in Nigeria (Epi-Nigeria)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Manhattan E. Charurat (contact); Dr. Alash’le G. Abimiku
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln
AIDS Malignancies Training and Research International Program (AMTRIP)
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Charles Wood
3-year Extramural Associate Research Development Awards
- Johns Hopkins University
Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the University of Zambia Research Ethics Committee with Research Ethics Training
Principal Investigators: Dr. Nancy E. Kass (contact); Dr. Adnan A. Hyder; Charles Michelo
- Stanford University
Zimbabwe ICT Project (ZIP) and HIV Research Training
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. David Allenberg Katzenstein
- University of California, San Francisco
Uwezo: Developing an Office of Sponsored Research in KEMRI with HIV Research Training
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Craig R. Cohen
2-year International Research Training Planning Grants
- Makerere University
Strengthening Ugandan Biomedical Engineering HIV/TB Human Resource Research Capacity
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Moses Lutaakome Joloba
- National AIDS Research Institute
Building a Research Analytic Initiative at Nari-India (BRAIN-I)
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Seema Sahay
- Partnership for Research and Action for Health
Building Capacity, Ending AIDS in Georgia- Development of Doctoral Level HIV Research Training Opportunities at Tbilisi State Medical University International School of Public Health, Georgia
Contact Principal Investigator/Project Leader: Dr. Mamuka Djibuti
- University of Botswana
Development of a Biostatistics Curricula at University of Botswana
Principal Investigators: Dr. Lucky Les Mokgatlhe; Dr. Jose-Gaby Tshikuka
- Learn more about the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program.
- Access a collection of news and resources on global HIV/AIDS research from Fogarty.
Related announcements from grantees:
- Case Western Reserve University receives grant to understand why some HIV+ individuals avoid the “duet of death” [HIV and TB bacterial infection]
Case Western Reserve University news, June 27, 2016
- University at Albany, Downstate Medical combat AIDS epidemic in Republic of Georgia
University at Albany news, June 6, 2016
- UB partners with University of Zimbabwe to launch $1.3 million HIV research program
University at Buffalo news, May 19, 2016
- New York State International Training and Research Program (NYS-ITRP) receives $1.5M from NIH to conduct HIV research training in Kazakhstan
SUNY Downstate Medical Center news, May 9, 2016
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