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'Stepped' treatment reduces drinking in patients with HIV

2019 Network SymposiumPeople with HIV who drink too much were more likely to reduce drinking after undergoing an approach to care known as integrated stepped alcohol treatment, according to a Yale-led study. The finding supports greater use of this treatment model in HIV clinics to improve outcomes for patients with both HIV and drinking problems, the researchers said. The study was published in The Lancet HIV. Dr. Jennifer Edelman is the lead author.

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UNAIDS and the LGBT Foundation Launch Groundbreaking Study on Happiness, Sex And Quality of Life for LGBTI People

LGBT Foundation logoThe global survey, the first of its kind, is part of a campaign to gain more information and insight into the challenges faced by LGBTI people. The data gathered will help to voice the concerns and advocate for improving the conditions and treatment of LGBTI people, including ensuring access to inclusive health and social services. The survey is open for participation until 31 July 2019 and takes about 12 minutes to complete.

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- Information about the study


  • Webinar: Innovative Strategies to Eliminate HCV
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2019, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Speaker: Andrew H. Talal, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Learning objectives: understand the benefits of telemedicine as a treatment model, specifically when HCV treatment via telemedicine is integrated into opioid treatment programs

Call for Abstracts

  • 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health
    Submission deadline: July 16 at 5:00 pm
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

Download a PDF compilation of active funding opportunities. Opportunities previously not listed are below.

  • Digital Health Technologies to Address the Social Determinants of Health in context of Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
    - R41/R42 (Clinical Trial Optional)
    - R43/R44 (Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date; July 29, 2019
    Informational webinars related to the RFA are available. Click for more information.
  • PrEP for HIV Prevention among Substance Using Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): November 8, 2019
    Further Details
  • NIAID Investigator Initiated Program Project Applications (P01)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard dates apply (expiration date: January 8, 2020)
    Further Details
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health
    - R01 (Clinical Trial Optional)
    - R21 (Clinical Trial Optional)
    - R03 (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard dates apply (expiration date: May 8, 2022)
    Pre-Application Webinar: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm ET (register here)
  • Infrastructure Development Training Programs for Critical HIV Research at Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 20 2019, August 20, 2020, August 20, 2021
    Further Details
  • Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 20 2019, August 20, 2020, August 20, 2021
    Further Details
  • Planning Grant for Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D71 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 20 2019, August 20, 2020, August 20, 2021
    Further Details

Training Opportunities

  • The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) - Diversity Scholar Program
    A call for scholars and mentors is currently open with a deadline of June 17, 2019.
    Further Details
  • Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)
    Applications are due by May 15
    The institute will utilize a combination of a 5-month online course (six modules with related assignments) between September 3, 2019 and January, 2020 culminating in a 2-day in-person training to be held January 23-24, 2020, in Bethesda, MD.
    Application deadline: June 23, 2019
    Further Details
  • Conveying Science Through Art: A Public Engagement Workshop
    Dates: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
    Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York, NY
    This 3-day workshop will equip participants with skills and techniques to tap into their creative side, and effectively communicate the wonder and complexity of science to diverse audiences.
    Application deadline: June 30, 2019
    Further Details



  • NIH Released Sample Grant Applications, Summary Statements, and More
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently made examples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more available for those who are currently in the grant writing process.
    More from NIAID
  • Orientation to the Science of Dissemination and Implementation
    This webinar provides an introduction and orientation to the science of dissemination and implementation for those new to this field.
    More from NCI
  • How Do Researchers Conceptualize and Plan for the Sustainability of Their NIH R01 Implementation Projects?
    The article explores explored how implementation researchers conceptualized and planned for the sustainability of their implemented interventions with studies funded by the United States National Institutes of Health.
    More from Implementation Science
  • SAMHSA's Tips for Teens Series
    SAMHSA has released new "Tips for Teens" and updates. The series, specifically designed for teens, addresses the risks, statistics, and myths about various substances that teens may use.
    More from SAMHSA

NOTE: All times expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2019 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

Join CIRA for a Farewell and Welcome Reception

Tue, June 4, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Join us at CIRA as we bid farewell to Brian Forsyth (CIRA Founder, Deputy Director, and Core Director: Retiring from Yale June 30, 2019), Elaine O’Keefe (CIRA Executive Director: Retiring from Yale June 30, 2019) and Kathryn Young (CIRA Assistant Director for Administration: Leaving CIRA May 31, 2019) and welcome CIRA Executive Director (Expected June 2019) and Katie Doucet (Assistant Director for Development Core: Arrived May 1, 2019).
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CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core

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CIRA Cross-Core Meeting

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IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

All meetings will be held from Noon to 1:30 pm at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

  • Fri, June 21: Lauretta Grau, PhD and Skip Barbour, PhD, Yale School of Public Health "NTA vs Traditional Thematic Analysis: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?"
  • Fri, July 19: Deepa Camenga, MD, MHS and Leslie M. Rickey, MPH, MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Fri, September 20: Sarah Brothers, Yale Sociology Department

International Research Interest Group (IRIG)

All meetings will be held at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202). Contact: Dini Harsono (

  • Next Meeting TBA

CIRA Peer Review Program

Peer ReviewAre you planning to submit a grant application? Do you have a manuscript in progress? Are you working on a presentation for a conference? Increase your chances for success by having your work peer-reviewed!

Why CIRA peer review? What are the benefits?

  • The spirit of our program is one of collegiality and respect; it is constructive rather than evaluative in nature
  • The investigator or author receives constructive feedback from a multidisciplinary group of colleagues with relevant expertise
  • It facilitates a discussion on how to communicate the content more clearly and effectively
  • The process allows the investigator or author to practice how to respond to reviewer feedback
  • The review sessions connect the investigator or author to a useful network for expanding knowledge and exploring potential collaborations across disciplines
  • It provides input on the relevancy of the proposal/manuscript/presentation to the funding agencies/mechanisms, journals, and audience

Email Katie Doucet ( for questions or to schedule a Peer Review session. Requests for peer review must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the requested review date.

Research Snapshot Series

Research Snapshot iconCIRA's Research Snapshot series features one page summaries of completed, peer reviewed and published studies conducted by our affiliated scientists. The summaries describe the reason for the study, the key findings, and implications for practice and policy, presented in plain language. Each of the briefs also include a link to a published article in a peer reviewed journal that derives from the featured study.

If you are a CIRA Affiliate and interested in submitting a brief for publication or just want to discuss the process, contact Pete Donohue,

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT) and Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)

Fellowship Opportunities at YaleCIRA has 2 fellowship programs seeking new applicants. Each program pairs fellows with a mentor from among the top HIV researchers at CIRA for a 2-year period. Review of applications will begin after the new year.

Visit the CIRA website for Eligibility Criteria and Application Requirements -

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CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
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