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Worried About Staying in Recovery During COVID-19? You’re Not Alone

Human silhouette at sunsetSocial distancing is a public health measure to help curb the spread of COVID-19, but it presents unique challenges to people with alcohol or other substance use disorders. In treatment and recovery, people rely on the support of in-person groups (including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous) or may need to visit a clinic that dispenses medication, such as methadone, daily or several times a week.

Also, it's often true that even beyond the supportive face-to-face interactions, the structure of a daily routine is important in preventing relapse, says David Fiellin, MD, director of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine.

"Many are now facing changes in their work schedules, childcare, and family responsibilities. They may also have increased idle time," he says. "All of that, in addition to the stress and anxiety people may be feeling right now, and their potential isolation, can be threats to individuals with substance and alcohol use disorders."

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Graduate Student Awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Sarah BrothersSarah Brothers, a doctoral student in sociology and a CIRA affiliate, is one of 10 individuals named as Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies.

Granted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the fellowship program supports promising humanities and social science Ph.D. candidates whose work address women's and gendered issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. Brothers' dissertation is titled "Expertise, Gender, and Marginality: Health-Related Practices Among People Who Inject Drugs in the United States."

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  • Webinar: International AIDS Society (IAS)’s COVID-19 and HIV: Lessons learned from healthcare workers around the world
    Date: Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 am-7:30 am EST/12:00 pm-1:30 pm CEST (Session 1) and 10:00 am-11:30 am EST/4:00 pm-5:30 pm CEST (Session 2)
    Description: These webinar sessions will be live streamed on the IAS YouTube page and recordings of the sessions will be made available on the IAS website.
    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
    Presenter: Russell "Skip" Barbour, PhD, CIRA
    Topic: "Missing Data: Dealing with the Inevitable"
    Contact: Liz Cappello (
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Join by phone: 203-432-9666, Meeting ID: 773 385 0237
  • Webinar: Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)'s Tales from NYC: Maintaining medication adherence and supporting patient engagement and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Date: Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Note: ANAC will be hosting webinars every Wednesday focusing on topics important to HIV/AIDS healthcare teams and the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar: Communities Respond to COVID-19 with Innovative High-impact Strategies
    Date: Thursday, April 23, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) is a network of community-based organizations focused on the mental health and substance use issues of diverse racial and ethnic communities. This virtual roundtable organized by the NNED will highlight issues associated with COVID-19, experiences of individuals in underserved communities, and actionable and accessible strategies that diverse communities are initiating to support behavioral health needs. More information:
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series: "Multi-level HIV Interventions"
    Date: Thu, May 7, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Presenter:Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger, PhD & Han-Zhu Qian, MD, PhD
    Topic: "Multi-level HIV Interventions"
    Contact: Daniel Davidson (
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Join by telephone: 203-432-9666, Meeting ID: 773 385 0237
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Using Rapid Qualitative Methods to Improve HIV Test Uptake During Tuberculosis Home Visits in Uganda"
    Date: Fri, May 15, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Mari Armstrong-Hough, NYU School of Global Public Health
    Title: "Using Rapid Qualitative Methods to Improve HIV Test Uptake During Tuberculosis Home Visits in Uganda"
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Join by telephone: 203-432-9666, Meeting ID: 773 385 0237
    Further Details
  • Summer Course: "Introduction to Biomedical Data Science and Health Informatics"
    Course dates: June 8-12, 2020
    Registration: $100.00
    Audience: Yale only
    Description: This is a one-week online summer course to offer basic biomedical data science knowledge and health informatics skills. Each day will consist of lectures, Q&A, and hands-on labs. Course materials, including lectures, will be made available in advance.
    More information:

Call for Submissions

  • Journal of the International AIDS Society: Call for papers on HIV and COVID-19
    The Journal of the International AIDS Society is now encouraging manuscript submissions focusing on HIV and SARS-CoV-2. All article categories will be considered: Research, Short report, Review, Debate, Commentary, and Viewpoint.
    Further Details
  • AIDS and Behavior: 'Notes from HIV Research in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic'
    AIDS and Behavior is seeking articles from ongoing HIV research on the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people living with and at-risk for HIV for inclusion in a series of ‘Notes from HIV Research in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic’. Notes from the Field are not expected to present data, but any supporting objective information or data will be viewed as a significant strength. Notes should be no more than 1500 words of text, include a title and reference, but no abstract. Please send Notes directly to the Editor, Seth Kalichman at
    Further Details
  • Call for Proposals: Contribute to Yale's COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Mapping Project
    As part of Yale's research, clinical, and data-driven response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers in medicine, nursing public health, engineering, and the social sciences have teamed up to create This project includes geospatial maps to visualize large data sets in unique and interesting ways. In order to more broadly contribute to global efforts and fully leverage expertise at Yale, the mapping project is seeking project proposals that have original data sets or make use of public data sets to illustrate ideas that would benefit the larger community fighting to end the Coronavirus outbreak.
    Eligibility: Yale only
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

HIV-Related Opportunities:

Other Opportunities:

  • Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date(s): August 28, 2020
    Further Details
  • (Extended Expiration Date) Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard dates apply (expiration date: September 8, 2020)
    - R01
    - R21
    - R03
  • NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date(s): June 20, 2020; June 20, 2021; June 20, 2022
    Further Details
  • RWJF Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
    Please note, while this CFP is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, we recognize the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.
    Further Details



  • CDC Recommendations for Hepatitis C Screening Among Adults — United States, 2020
    CDC's new hepatitis C screening recommendations call for: one-time screening for all adults 18 years and older, screening of all pregnant women during every pregnancy, and testing for all persons with risk factors, with testing continued for those with ongoing risk.
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  • Recording: PrEP, sexual health and risk reduction in the time of COVID-19
    Hosted by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care on April 15, 2020, the webinar discussed innovations and modifications to existing PrEP protocols that may be needed in the COVID-19 pandemic and strategies to support patients/clients in maintaining sexual health and reducing sexual risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    Further Details
  • AIDSVu Releases Landmark County-Level Data and Interactive Maps on PrEP Use Across the U.S.
    AIDSVu announced the release of new interactive county-level data and maps visualizing PrEP use from 2012 to 2018, showing a 39% increase in PrEP use across the U.S. from 2017 to 2018, continuing a trend of consistent growth in PrEP use since 2012. AIDSVu is releasing these first-ever county-level data on PrEP to offer a more granular view of trends and disparities in PrEP use across the U.S.
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NOTE: All times expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2020 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

New England HIV Implementation Science Network-CANCELED

The New England HIV Implementation Science Network Symposium will not be held in May as originally planned. Further details will follow.

CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminars

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

  • CANCELED (New Date TBA): 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 virtual only until further notice.

  • Fri, May 15, Noon-1:30 pm: Mari Armstrong-Hough, NYU School of Global Public Health - "Using Rapid Qualitative Methods to Improve HIV Test Uptake During Tuberculosis Home Visits in Uganda"

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

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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CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
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