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Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Coronavirus illustrationWe're now 6 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. In that time, parts of the US health establishment have published guidelines for how to prevent the disease and treat it. But one thing is still missing from the US coronavirus response: The Trump administration hasn't created a comprehensive plan for battling the pandemic. Some researchers propose borrowing one from the past. A group of HIV researchers has proposed taking one of those plans, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as the basis of a comprehensive Covid-19 response, one that would define what it means to beat back this disease, and set out the steps to get there.

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Research in Progress Global Health Working Group

The Yale Institute for Global Health invites early career researchers to participate in the Research in Progress Global Health Working Group. The working group provides global health researchers the opportunity to receive and provide peer review on works in progress, including research grants and manuscripts in development, and the opportunity for networking among global health researchers, discussions on career development, mentorship, and best practices specific to global health fieldwork. The Working Group meets monthly, and participants are expected to commit to regular participation.

Meetings will be held from 10:00 am-11:00 am over Zoom on October 13, November 17 and December 15.

Contact Marie Brault ( for more information.


  • Webinar: Telehealth for HIV Care: A Follow-Up Discussion
    Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Presenters: Christopher Bersani, HRSA; James Brock, University of Mississippi; Marwan Haddad, Community Health Center Inc.
    Further Details
  • Webinar: Ending the HIV Epidemic Webinar: HIV Testing in Emergency Departments (EDs)
    Date: Monday, October 5, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Presenter: Jason Zucker MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital
    Description: This webinar will review important research supporting HIV testing in EDs, explore barriers to HIV testing, and discuss implementation models and strategies based on resources and setting.
    Further Details
  • Webinar: The Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Ending the HIV Epidemic
    Date: Thursday, October 8, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Presenters: Anthony J. Santella, Hofstra University; Lisa Hightow-Weidman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ariel L. Watriss, Tufts University Health Services
    Further Details
  • Yale School of Medicine Addiction Medicine Rounds: Mark Jenkins, Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition
    Date: Thursday, October 8, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Presenter: Mark Jenkins, Founder, Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition
    Topic: TBA
    Further Details
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Adapting As We Go: Using Qualitative Research to Inform a Virtual Diabetes Program"
    Date: Friday, October 16, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Meredith Campbell Britton, Yale School of Medicine
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Join by Zoom: or attend by telephone: 203-432-9666, enter 8315705782
    Further Details
  • Better Bottoming: A Virtual Discussion with Jonathan Baker, PA-C, MPAS
    Date: Monday, October 19, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Description: This event via Facebook Live aims to provide bottoms young and old with the opportunity to learn about healthier, safer bottoming practices and ask the hard questions the internet can't be trusted to answer.
    Sponsors: APNH: A Place to Nourish your Health, CIRA at Yale University, and Yale Queer + Asian
    Further Details
  • Webinar: More Than Health Care Part II
    Date: Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Description: In this webinar, speakers will examine the mental health issues that have arisen for both patients and caregivers as they navigate the challenges presented by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing HIV/HCV epidemics.
    Further Details
  • Yale General Internal Medicine Research in Progress Meeting: Dr. Saria Hassan
    Date: Thursday, November 19, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenter: Saria Hassan, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
    Topic: TBA
    Further Details
  • GHIC 2021: Global Health & Innovation Conference
    Conference Date: April 8-11, 2021
    Registration is open
    Further Details

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Applications: Inter-CFAR Fellowship Program in Implementation Science (2020-2021)
    The inter-CFAR Implementation Science Working Group are welcoming applications for an NIH-funded training opportunity in implementation science (IS) for early stage investigators (ESIs) engaging in HIV-related research.
    Due Date: October 18, 2020Application

Funding Opportunities

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

HIV-Related Opportunities:

  • Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations
    Due Date: November 20, 2020
    Further Details
  • Minority HIV Research Initiative (MARI) to Support Epidemiologic and Implementation Science Research in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities Disproportionately Affected by HIV and Build Research Capacity Among Historically Underrepresented Researchers
    Due Date: October 14, 2020
    Further Details
  • HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Open Date: February 15, 2021
    Due Date: March 15, 2021
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and/or Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design
    Due Date: October 5, 2020
    Further Details
  • Using Syndemics to Understand HLBS Disease Emergence and Progression in People with HIV (PWH)(R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Due Dates: January 11, 2021, December 14, 2021
    Further Details
  • Role of Myeloid Cells in Persistence and Eradication of HIV-1 Reservoirs from the Brain (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Due Date: January 8, 2021
    Further Details


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


Spotlight on CIRA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

  • Fri, October 16, Noon-1:30 pm - "Adapting As We Go: Using Qualitative Research to Inform a Virtual Diabetes Program": Meredith Campbell Britton, Yale School of Medicine

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,

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