PROVIDENCE, RI The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $3.6 million grant to an international AIDS training and research program based at The Miriam Hospital to continue training foreign researchers in countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The program operated jointly by The Miriam Hospital, Brown University and Tufts University since 1993 is part of the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP). As the international training arm of NIH's HIV research effort, AITRP trains and mentors scientists in developing countries to address the AIDS epidemic primarily through prevention research, combining biomedical and behavioral interventions. There are 29 active AITRP sites nationwide.
The award to the Miriam/Brown/Tufts AITRP supports established research training programs in India, Cambodia, the Philippines and Kenya. A new pilot training program is also being planned in Ghana, according to principal investigator Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, an infectious diseases physician at The Miriam Hospital and director of the Brown University AIDS Program.
"The goal of our program is to provide foreign scientists with the knowledge, skills and information needed to become independent and productive researchers who can address some of the critical HIV/AIDS issues in their home countries," says Mayer, who is also a physician with University Medicine, a professor of medicine and community health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and medical research director at Fenway Health in Boston.
In this new cycle, the Miriam/Brown/Tufts AITRP will focus on long-term, intensive training tracks to help researchers obtain advanced degrees at Brown and Tufts Universities. Post-doctoral mentored research training courses will also be available in a number of areas, including molecular virology, HIV prevention research and pharmacology. Short-term trai
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