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CIRA Welcomes New Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT) Fellows

New Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT) FellowsCIRA welcomes three new fellows to the Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT) (L-R): Lyuba Azbel, PhD, Catherine Chantre, MSc, and Gabe Murchison, PhD, MPH. Over the coming months the fellows will be engaging with individual CIRA cores with a view to participating fully in the CIRA community.

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Implementation Science Training at Yale Boosted by NIH Training Grant to Drs. Donna Spiegelman and Eric Velazquez

Drs. Donna Spiegelman and Eric VelazquezDonna Spiegelman, ScD, founding Director of Yale's Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS), and Eric Velazquez, MD, section chief for Cardiovascular Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, were recently awarded a National Institutes of Health Training Grant in Implementation Science Research and Methods (T32). The award will play a significant role in building a critical mass of implementation science methods scholarship at Yale and developing the next generation of implementation scientists by training at least 9 pre- and postdoctoral researchers over the next five years.

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CIRA and Providence/Boston CFAR Collaborators Publish Report

The New England HIV Implementation Science Network logoJacob van den Berg and New England HIV Implementation Science Network collaborators from CIRA and the Providence/Boston CFAR published a short report last month in the journal Implementation Science Communications. The paper details the Network's goals and activities since its formation in 2014, reports outcomes including successful academic-practice research collaborations, and provides suggestions for developing regional networks to impact HIV implementation research.

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US Department of State Taps Nelson for HIV/AIDS Research Expertise

LaRon Nelson headshotThe U.S. Department of State recently tapped Yale School of Nursing Associate Dean for Global Affairs & Planetary Health Dr. LaRon Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP, FNAP, FNYAM, FAAN as a Private Sector Advisor for the United States Delegation to the 2021 United Nations High Level Meeting (HLM) to discuss the UN’s 2021-2026 global strategy to combat HIV/AIDS. The virtual session takes place June 8-10, the same week that marks 40 years since AIDS was first discovered.

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RECORDING AVAILABLE: "Telehealth in HIV Prevention & Care: Emerging Approaches"

Multimedia iconThe recording and slides (as they become available) from last week's virtual New England HIV Implementation Science Network session on Telehealth presented on July 13th, 2021 are now available. Thank you to all attendees who participated in the event and discussion.

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  • Understanding and Eliminating Bias in HSR Methods: Approaches to Anti-racist Research Design, Analysis, and Dissemination
    Date: Tuesday, July 20, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
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  • Substance Use Disorder & COVID-19
    Date: Thursday, July 22, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
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  • Innovations in Treating Stress and Trauma in Women with Alcohol Use Disorder
    Date: Wednesday, July 28, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
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  • NIMH James Jackson Memorial Award Lecture: "Black Mental Health, Mentoring, and Health Equity: A Love Supreme"
    Date: Wednesday, July 28, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
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  • The next battles in the war against HIV
    Date: Thursday, July 29, 1:00 pm
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  • Documenting the Complexities of Implementation with Periodic Reflections
    Date: Monday, August 9, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
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Call for Submissions

  • Call for Papers: JIAS Special Issue on "Getting to the Heart of Stigma"
    Submission Due Date: September 22, 2021
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  • Call for Applications: We The People Research Cohort Application
    Submission Due Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021
    The We The People Research Cohort is a 20-week online course designed for both advocates and individuals interested in becoming advocates, and will focus on HIV sciences, biomedical interventions, and other content that centers the experiences of Black and Brown people.
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Funding Opportunities

Download an Excel spreadsheet compilation of active funding opportunities. Opportunities previously not listed are below.

  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV
    First Available Due Date: September 7, 2021
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  • NOSI: HIV/AIDS in the Era of COVID-19: When Pandemics Collide
    First Available Due Date: September 7, 2021
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  • NOSI: Competitive Revision and Administrative Supplements to Existing NICHD HIV Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Understand HIV Health Impacts of COVID-19
    First Available Due Date: September 15, 2021
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  • NOSI: Advancing HIV/AIDS Research through Computational Neuroscience
    First Available Due Date: October 5, 2021
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  • Understanding Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection, Acquisition, and Persistence in People Living with HIV
    Application Due Date: November 18, 2021
    - R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed
    - R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed
  • Innate Immune Memory Impacting HIV Acquisition and/or Control (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): December 6, 2021
    Further Details
  • HIV-associated Non-Communicable Diseases Research at Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): December 08, 2021
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  • The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 07, 2022
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Navigating Pediatric to Adult Health Care: Lost in Transition
    Application Due Date(s): See further details
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  • 2021 UNAIDS Global AIDS Update - Confronting inequalities - Lessons for pandemic responses from 40 years of AIDS
    The report highlights evidence that people living with HIV are more vulnerable to COVID-19, but that widening inequalities are preventing them from accessing COVID-19 vaccines and HIV services.
    Further Details
  • Podcast: Px Pulse
    Each month this podcast, hosted and produced by Jeanne Baron, uses interviews, discussion and first-person reflections to explore vital topics confronting the field of HIV prevention research.
    Further Details

NOTE: All times are expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2021 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

CIRA Affiliates @ 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science

2021 IAS LogoCIRA colleagues and affiliates are highlighting their work at the 2021 IAS Conference on HIV Science taking place July 18-20.
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CIRA's Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

The QRDG series will return in September.

COVID-19 and HIV Resources

Coronavirus microscopeCIRA has launched a webpage that provides a wide range of resources surrounding COVID-19 and HIV. The webpage will be updated regularly as new information and materials become available. The resources include COVID-19-related funding opportunities, call for papers, research tools and guidance, and many more. Contact Dini Harsono ( for questions or comments about the web page.

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,

Did you know our eBulletin is Archived?

Did you know? graphicFor your convenience, we have archived all issues of CIRA's eBulletin. No need to dig through your emails to find an old issue.
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