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For Your Listening Pleasure: Top Podcasts from CIRA Affiliates

Headphones and microphoneLooking for a new podcast to listen to? Delving into everything from black empowerment, drugs, and sex, CIRA affiliates are giving voice to serious issues. Below are several noteworthy options:

  • Black and EMPOWERed Podcast: Co-hosted by former Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) Scholar, Dr. Isha Metzger, currently an assistant professor at the University of Georgia. Published every two weeks, Black and EMPOWERed focuses on Engaging Minorities in Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, and Research.
  • Crackdown: Serving as co-creator and scientific lead of Crackdown is Dr. Ryan McNeil, Director of Harm Reduction Research at the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine. This is a monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research.
  • Sex, Drugs & Science: Co-hosted by former CIRA postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Valerie Earnshaw, currently an associate professor at the University of Delaware. SD&S features interviews with scientists studying topics such as: pornography, opioids, HIV, harm reduction, and other topics.

2021 Linda E. Saltzman Award Recipient: Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi

Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi headshotFutures Without Violence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and RALIANCE are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2021 Linda E. Saltzman New Investigator Award, Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi, Assistant Professor of Community Psychology at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) and former Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) scholar.

More from CIRA

Vaccine Hesitancy and Medical Mistrust: What Did We Learn?

Marie-Fatima Hyacinthe and Shannon WhittakerCheck out this recent blog post written by CIRA predoctoral fellows, Marie-Fatima Hyacinthe and Shannon Whittaker, and published by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). The post focuses on vaccine hesitancy among historically marginalized communities.

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Evergreen Planted to Honor Former Dean, Passionate Advocate of Public Health, Environmentalism

Planting of treeA blue atlas cedar tree was planted by the front entrance of the Yale School of Public Health this month to honor Paul D. Cleary, former dean of the YSPH (2006-2017) and the Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health. Cleary, Ph.D., will retire as a professor June 30, though he will remain at the school as a part-time research faculty member.

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  • In Depth with 5B: Film Showing and Panel Discussion
    Date: Friday, May 7, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Further Details and Registration
  • Treating Substance Users for HCV via Telemedicine: Implementation and Engagement Considerations
    Date: Wednesday, May 12, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Andrew H. Talal, MD, MPH, State University of New York
    Further Details
  • Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Addiction Medicine Rounds: The Pregnant Patient with Opioid Use Disorder
    Date: Thursday, May 13, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Presenters: Katherine M. Callaghan, MD, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
    Further Details and Registration
  • Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis Using ATLAS.ti (FREE)
    Date: Friday, May 14, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Exploring Shifts in Parental Support Behaviors for Trans- and Non-binary Adolescents"
    Date: Friday, May 21, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Kelly Johnson
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Further Details
  • Human Mobility & HIV Workshop
    Date: Monday-Tuesday, May 24-25, 2021
    Further Details
  • CIRA Talk: "Adapting and Implementing Youth-Centered Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Mumbai, India: Considerations in the Context of COVID-19"
    Date: Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenter: Marie Brault, PhD
    Moderator: Luke Davis, MD, MS
    Discussants: Nancy Reynolds, PhD, MS, RN and Jean Schensul, PhD
    Further Details
  • YSM Child Study Center Grand Rounds: "A Game Changer: Using Videogames as Interventions to Improve Adolescent Health and Well-being"
    Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Further Details

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Late-breaker Abstracts: IAS 2021 (July 18-21, 2021)
    Submission Due Date: May 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm CEST
    Further Details
  • Call for Interdisciplinary Faculty Mentoring Collaborations: Wu Tsai Institute Yale University
    Eligibility: Any two Yale tenure-track or tenured faculty members with an interest in joining forces to study cognition broadly construed
    Submission Due Date: May 14, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Applications: Yale Summer Bioethics Institute
    Two programs are available: a 4-day program (June 29-July 2) and a 4-week summer program (June 28-July 30)
    Applications Due Date: May 21, 2021
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Yale Institute for Global Health's Global Health Spark Award
    Eligibility: current Yale faculty who are affiliated with YIGH
    Further Details
  • NIBIB Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge
    Application Due Date: June 1, 2021
    Areas of interest: engineering-based technology solutions to current HIV/AIDS prevention and/or health care problems
    Eligibility: individual must be a member of a "Student Team" and an undergraduate student enrolled full-time in an undergraduate curriculum
    Further Details
  • Emergency Award: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research on COVID-19 Consortium
    Application Due Dates: June 9, 2021
    - U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed
    - U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed
  • Mobile Health Solutions to rectify digital inequality in communities affected by drug addiction (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date: August 13, 2021
    Further Details



  • GLOSSARY of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms 2021, 9TH EDITION
    This publication provides people living with HIV, their families and friends, health care professionals, and students a roadmap to understanding HIV.
    - English Version (PDF)
    - Spanish Version (PDF)
  • Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) OpenAccess
    These modules are free, online training materials that introduce fundamental terms, concepts, and principles of dissemination and implementation (D&I) research, along with examples of their application and exercises to help participants advance their own project ideas.
    Further Details

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


Spotlight on CIRA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

  • Fri, May 21, Noon-1:30 pm - Kelly Johnson: "Exploring Shifts in Parental Support Behaviors for Trans- and Non-binary Adolescents"

CIRA Talk: "Adapting and Implementing Youth-Centered Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Mumbai, India: Considerations in the Context of COVID-19"

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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