| Fogarty International Center Announces Research
Training Grants to Tackle AIDS and Tuberculosis
The Fogarty International Center (FIC), part of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), today announced the funding of institutions in
China, Haiti, Russia and Uganda along with partner institutions
in the United States in the first four comprehensive awards of the
International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research
Training Award Program for AIDS and Tuberculosis (ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB).
FIC, with co-sponsorship from nine NIH institutes and centers,
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will commit
approximately $12 million over the first five years of the
"AIDS is a priority for all of NIH and the Department of Health
and Human Services. Fogarty's success in forging international collaborations
between foreign and U.S. institutions to help train researchers
in developing countries is a key part of our fight against this
terrible disease," noted Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., NIH Director.
This innovative program supports collaborative and multidisciplinary
research training in developing countries where AIDS and tuberculosis
are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families and communities.
It provides opportunities for health professionals to train at the
Masters, Ph.D., and post-doctoral levels while working on research
projects related to HIV/AIDS and TB that are relevant to their country's
"This program will play an important role in meeting the training
needs in countries struggling to gain control of the scourge of
AIDS," said Sharon Hrynkow, Ph.D., FIC Acting Director, speaking
on behalf of all the program sponsors. "These first four sites
will provide critically needed training in the design and conduct
of AIDS and TB research to scale-up promising interventions as they
are brought into health care systems."
The four projects and their awardees are:
- Dr. Zunyon Wu of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) in Beijing, China, will collaborate with Dr.
Roger Detels of the University of California, Los Angeles, to
implement a research training program that addresses the HIV/AIDS
epidemic in China. The project will set up an independent HIV/AIDS
training center at the Chinese CDC. The center will assist other
academic and research institutions in China in training health
professionals and researchers to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Dr. Jean Pape of the Groupe Haitien d'Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi
et des Infections Opportunistes (GHESKIO) will collaborate with
Dr. Warren Johnson of Cornell University to build upon HIV prevention
and care services in Haiti. The project involves training a cadre
of research leaders while increasing research capacity of the
National HIV Care and Prevention Network. This network, made up
of public and private health care organizations in Haiti, will
provide a standardized package of HIV care and prevention services
to 300,000 people annually.
- Dr. Andrei P. Kozlov of The Biomedical Center in St. Petersburg,
Russia will work with Dr. Robert Heimer of Yale University. The
team will develop a center of excellence, called the TB-AIDS Clinical
Training and Research Unit, in St. Petersburg, Russia. This center
will help train a new generation of medical scientists to respond
to the emerging epidemics of TB and AIDS in Russia.
- Dr. Peter Mugyenyi of the Joint Clinical Research Centre in
Kampala, Uganda will work with Dr. Christopher Whalen of Case
Western Reserve University. The project will broaden national
capacity to meet the public health and scientific challenges of
the evolving HIV and TB epidemic in Uganda. Infrastructure will
be developed in Uganda to translate basic and clinical research
findings into public health policy and interventions and to evaluate
FIC developed ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB in collaboration with NIH's National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Cancer Institute, National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National
Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Office
of AIDS Research, and Office of Research on Women's Health, USAID
The ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB complements the international research, research
training, and prevention efforts of FIC and its co-sponsors. It
reinforces FIC's AIDS International Training and Research Program,
which has, over the past 15 years, built research capacity in the
developing world by providing HIV/AIDS-related biomedical and behavioral
research training to scientists and health professionals from developing
countries. Also, ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB complements NIAID's Comprehensive
International Program for Research on AIDS, the NIMH Collaborative
HIV/STD Prevention Trial, the NICHD Partnerships Program, and the
Global AIDS Program of the CDC.
FIC is the international component of the NIH. It supports
and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships
addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative
research and training programs. NIH is an agency of the U.S.
of Health and Human Services. Press releases and other FIC-related
materials are available at www.fic.nih.gov.
FAQs are available at http://www.fic.nih.gov/news/FAQ113004.html.