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CIRA Seeks Letters of Intent for Pilot Projects in HIV Research: Deadline March 20, 2020

Brain to Lightbulb IllustrationCIRA seeks letters of intent for Pilot Projects in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research. Implementation Science (IS) is a central focus at CIRA and we are particularly interested in innovative IS research. Further, priority will be given to proposals that focus on reducing HIV inequities and/or incorporate key health justice constructs (e.g., social determinants of health, stigma and discrimination).

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Save the Date: New England HIV Implementation Science Network - Thursday, May 28

Network LogoThe New England HIV Implementation Science Network will hold its annual symposium on Thursday, May 28th, in New Haven, CT. The event, which welcomes HIV researchers, practitioners, and advocates from across the region, is intended to foster research collaborations with a focus on implementation science in small urban areas. More information and free registration will follow shortly. Please Save the Date!

CIRA Offers Career Development Consultations to Affiliated Junior Faculty and Postdocs

Career CompassTo further strengthen mentoring activities, CIRA's Development Core offers Career Development Consultations to affiliated junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows and associates. The consults provide an invaluable opportunity to receive tailored career advice from senior faculty at Yale, focusing on everything from the development of K awards to the right approach to getting published, and all set in an informal and confidential setting.

The next Career Development Consultations will be in Spring 2020. There will be two slots for this session, assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Katie Doucet for more information at katie.doucet@yale.edu.

UNAIDS and China working together during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure that people living with HIV continue to get treatment

COVID-19 VirusA survey of people living with HIV has found that the current coronavirus disease outbreak, known as COVID-19, is having a major impact on the lives of people living with HIV in the country. In the survey, nearly a third (32.6%) of people living with HIV reported that, because of the lockdowns and restrictions on movement in some places in China, they were at risk of running out of their HIV treatment in the coming days - of these, almost half (48.6%) said they didn’t know where to collect their next antiretroviral therapy refill from. However, a close partnership between the government and community partners is determined to ensure that access to life-saving HIV treatment is not interrupted as the country fights to get COVID-19 under control.

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Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for FYs 2021-2025

NIH LogoNIH recently issued a Request for Information seeking public input on a framework for the 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan. The new plan will build on the previous NIH-wide Strategic Plan to guide NIH's research efforts over the next five years. The framework articulates NIH’s priorities in the following key areas (objectives): Biomedical and Behavioral Science Research, Scientific Research Capacity, and Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science.

All comments must be submitted electronically by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on March 25, 2020 on the submission website.

Events

  • Yale Clinical & Community Research (YCCR) Research-in-Progress Seminar
    Date: Tuesday February 25, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenters: Lynn Madden, Ph.D. and Anthony Eller, MPH, Yale School of Medicine
    Topic: "Strengthening Systems of Care for People Living with HIV and Opioid Use Disorder - A Preliminary Analysis of West Virginia"
    NOTE: You can attend in person or remotely via Zoom.
    Contact: Lunch will be provided. RSVP with your attendance to Paula Dellamura (paula.dellamura@yale.edu)
  • Implementation Science Group at Yale
    Date: Tuesday February 25, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Public Health, LEPH 115, 60 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Ashley Hagaman, PhD, MPH, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "Rapid Analysis and Implementation Science"
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  • CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminar: "Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation vs. National Standard of Care in Eswatini: Results from the MaxART Cluster Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial"
    Date: Thursday, February 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Ariel Chao, MPH Candidate, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation vs. National Standard of Care in Eswatini: Results from the MaxART Cluster Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA Special Presentation: "Implementation Science in Small-Scale Projects"
    Date: Tuesday, March 3, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenters: Sarah Calabrese, George Washington University & Donna Spiegelman, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "Implementation Science in Small-Scale Projects"
    Contact: Katie Doucet (katie.doucet@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminar: "Crowdsourcing PrEP: Integrating Participatory Action Research and Technology to Engage Young People in HIV Prevention"
    Date: Thursday, March 5, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Tamara Taggart, MPH, PhD, George Washington University
    Topic: "Crowdsourcing PrEP: Integrating Participatory Action Research and Technology to Engage Young People in HIV Prevention"
    Contact: Katie Doucet (katie.doucet@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series: Timothy Mah
    Date: Friday, March 6, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Timothy Mah, DSc, Deputy Division Chief, Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID
    Topic: "Developing and Implementing Data-Informed HIV Programming at Scale"
    Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • Yale 10th Annual Global Health Day: "Protecting the Global Community: The Practice and Politics of Vaccination"
    Date: Thursday, March 26, All Day
    Location: Multiple locations
    Further Details
  • CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminar: "When Things Go Wrong: Statistical Approaches to Problem Data in Randomized Clinical Trials"
    Date: Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Russell "Skip" Barbour, PhD, CIRA
    Topic: "When Things Go Wrong: Statistical Approaches to Problem Data in Randomized Clinical Trials"
    Contact: Liz Cappello (elizabeth.cappello@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series: Robert Hecht, PhD
    Date: Friday, April 24, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Robert Hecht, PhD, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "TBA"
    Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminar: "Overall, direct, disseminated, and composite effects of HIV testing and counseling on HIV risk behaviors and HIV incidence in the ANRS 12249 Treatment as Prevention trial in rural South Africa"
    Date: Thursday, May 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Raul Hernandez Ramirez, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "Overall, direct, disseminated, and composite effects of HIV testing and counseling on HIV risk behaviors and HIV incidence in the ANRS 12249 Treatment as Prevention trial in rural South Africa"
    Contact: Liz Cappello (elizabeth.cappello@yale.edu)
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

HIV-Related Opportunities:

  • Implementing the HIV Service Cascade for Justice-Involved Populations (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): April 30, 2020
    Further Details

Other Opportunities:

  • Early Career Funding Opportunities Compiled by Johns Hopkins University
    This is a continuously updated repository of federal and private funding opportunities that are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and early-career faculty of various disciplines.
    Further Details
  • Request for Information (RFI): Stakeholder Input on Opportunities for Increased Collaboration to Advance Prevention Research
    Response date: March 29, 2020
    Further Details

Training Opportunities

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI)'s Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher Training Sessions
    - Friday, March 27, 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Social, Behavioral, and Education Research
    - Friday, March 27, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: Biomedical Research
    Audience: Yale investigators and clinical trial site staff
  • McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Disease and Global Health
    Application deadline for applicants who require a visa to travel to Canada: February 28
    Application deadline for other applications: May 10
    Program dates: June 1-12, 2020 in Montreal, Canada
    Further Details

Publications

NOTE: All times expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2020 unless otherwise noted.

 

Spotlight on CIRA

CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminars

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

  • Thu, February 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Ariel Chao, MPH Candidate, Yale School of Public Health - "Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation vs. National Standard of Care in Eswatini: Results from the MaxART Cluster Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial"
  • Thu, March 5, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm: Tamara Taggart, MPH, PhD, George Washington University - "Crowdsourcing PrEP: Integrating Participatory Action Research and Technology to Engage Young People in HIV Prevention"
  • Wed, April 22, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Russell "Skip" Barbour, PhD, CIRA - "When Things Go Wrong: Statistical Approaches to Problem Data in Randomized Clinical Trials"
  • Thu, May 21, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Raul Hernandez Ramirez, PhD, Yale School of Public Health - "Overall, direct, disseminated, and composite effects of HIV testing and counseling on HIV risk behaviors and HIV incidence in the ANRS 12249 Treatment as Prevention trial in rural South Africa"

Special Presentation

  • Tue, March 3, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm: Sarah Calabrese, George Washington University & Donna Spiegelman, Yale School of Public Health - "Implementation Science in Small-Scale Projects"

CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series

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

  • Fri, March 6, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm: Timothy Mah, DSc, Deputy Division Chief, Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID - "Developing and Implementing Data-Informed HIV Programming at Scale"
  • Fri, April 24, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Robert Hecht, PhD, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health - "Using Epidemiology, Economics, and Consensus-Building to Make the Case for HIV Investment -- Examples from Tanzania and Namibia"

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).

  • Friday, March 20: DeAnne Turner, Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA - "Title TBA"

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Recruitment for CIRA's highly successful fellowship programs is underway

Fellowship Opportunities at YaleThe Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program and the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) are now accepting applications. Through these CIRA-supported fellowship programs, new scientists are equipped with the skills to advance prevention research and to address future challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Fellows will benefit from mentorship from top HIV researchers conducting innovative and cutting-edge research to eliminate HIV disparities, integration with the CIRA community, and a network of over 100 past HIV Fellows from around the world, who have gone on to top-tier universities and have received numerous federally funded research grants. Our two training programs have generated over 1200 peer-reviewed publications and over 200 funded grants since 2008.

For more information and application, visit CIRA Training.

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 (katie.doucet@yale.edu) 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, pete.donohue@yale.edu.

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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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