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Federal Guidelines May Inadvertently Restrict Women's Access to Effective HIV Protection

PrEP pillRestrictive recommendations for pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) systematically disqualified nearly all women at risk for HIV and/or motivated to use the medication, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and George Washington University have found.

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NOTE: This study was funded by a pilot grant from CIRA - Implementing PrEP in a Family Planning Setting.


  • Webinar: U=U in 2019: How Far We've Come and Where We're Going
    Date: July 9, 2019, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
    Description: In partnership with Prevention Access Campaign, The Well Project will present on a progress report on the science behind Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) and the growth of the campaign.
    Further Details
  • Yale Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "White Opioids and the Window of Opportunity to Take a Social Determinants Approach to Drug Policy"
    Date: Friday, July 12, 10:15 am–11:30 am
    Speaker: Helena B. Hansen, MD, PhD, NYU Langone Health
    Location: Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) Auditorium, 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT
  • All In Webinar: Linking and De-identifying State-level Data Sets to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
    Date: July 30, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
    Description: Presenters from health departments in Massachusetts and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania will present case studies about their work to de-identify and link datasets to address the opioid epidemic.
    Further Details
  • 2019 Inter-CFAR HIV Women and HIV Symposium
    Date: October 21-22, 2019
    Abstracts Due Date: Tuesday, July 16
    Location: Doubletree Chicago, 300 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL
    Description: The goal of the Inter-CFAR Women and HIV Symposium is to identify gaps in knowledge in HIV and women’s research and develop strategies that will move the field forward.
    Further Details

Call for Abstracts

  • Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale University: Call for Session Proposals
    Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019
    Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2019
    Conference Date: October 25, 2019
    Further Details
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium: Travel Awards Application
    Application Submission Deadline: July 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm PT
    Conference Dates: December 5-8, 2019 (in San Diego, CA)
    Further Details
  • The Journal of Infectious Diseases
    Description: Supplement on "Infectious Diseases and Injection Drug Use: Public Health Burden and Response"
    Abstract submission deadline: July 15, 2019
    Invited authors will be asked to submit their full manuscripts by September 30, 2019
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Notice of Special Interest: Leveraging Existing HIV Observational Cohorts to Study HIV-associated HLBS Disorders
    Applications in response to this Notice must be submitted through PA-19-056, NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed).
    Further Details
  • SAMHSA Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data
    Application Due Date: August 12, 2019
    Further Details
  • SAMHSA Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study
    Application Due Date: August 16, 2019
    Further Details
  • Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Mechanisms of HIV Activity and Interaction with Substance Use Disorder (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    - R01
    - R21
  • Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and/or Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 14, 2020, January 14, 2021, January 14, 2022
    Further Details
  • Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/Start)(R03 Clinical Trial Optional)
    First AIDS application is due date on January 7, 2020 followed by standard AIDS dates (expiration date: September 8, 2022)
    Further Details



  • NIH ClinRegs Database Provides International Clinical Trial Regulations
    ClinRegs is a free, online database of international clinical trial regulations from 20 countries. The resource includes listings of regulatory authority, ethics committee, clinical trial lifecycle and sponsorship.
    Further Details
  • New Web Page for the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Federal Action Plan
    The new web page is the leading source of information on the development of the STI Federal Action Plan and will house the plan, information about its implementation and progress towards goals after it is released. The page also provides links to basic STI information and resources on policies, guidelines, and best practices for STI prevention, diagnoses, and treatment.
    Further Details
  • E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
    Description: This free, online program is a practical tool for behavioral health professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge about culture and diversity, which could be applied daily to better serve their clients.
    Further Details

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


Spotlight on CIRA

CIRA Cross-Core Meeting

  • Meetings will resume in September.

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, July 19: Sarah Brothers, Yale Sociology Department - "A good "doctor" is hard to find: Expertise and interaction dynamics in assisted injections"

CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core

  • Meetings will resume in September.

International Research Interest Group (IRIG)

  • Meetings will resume in September.

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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Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University
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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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