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Yale Alumnus Pledges $5 Million for Yale School of Public Health Fund and Professorship to Advance LGBTQ Mental Health

Dr. David R. Kessler, M.D., and Yale School of Public Health Associate Professor John Pachankis, Ph.D.Yale School of Medicine alumnus and gay rights activist David Kessler MED '55 recently pledged $5 million to support LGBTQ research at the Yale School of Public Health. Kessler's donation is intended to create a professorship in public health and support the work of YSPH Associate Professor John Pachankis, Ph.D., and his Esteem Research Group which is dedicated to addressing the depression, anxiety and substance use problems that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community and can erode healthy relationships and behaviors. Pachankis, Director of CIRA's Community Research and Implementation Core, is a clinical psychologist internationally known for his development of novel psychosocial interventions to improve LGBTQ individuals' mental health.

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Letters of Intent for CIRA Pilot Projects in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Due April 29!

Two hands and HIV ribbonCIRA still seeks letters of intent for Pilot Projects in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research. Up to two projects will be funded in this cycle with a maximum award for individual projects of $25,000. Applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 29, 2019, via email to kathryn.young@yale.edu. If you have any questions about this announcement or a project you are considering for submission, please contact Trace Kershaw, Director of CIRA's Development Core, via email (trace.kershaw@yale.edu).

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Register for The New England HIV Implementation Science Network's 2019 Symposium

2019 Network SymposiumRegistration is now open for The New England HIV Implementation Science Network's 2019 Symposium.

- Friday, May 31, 8:30 am-4:00 pm
- Hilton Providence, Providence, RI

This year's event brings HIV research scientists together with community-based practitioners and advocates to learn from one another and collaboratively develop implementation science research priorities and projects. The full day event will feature workshops geared to these distinct audiences as well as opportunities for collaboration. The Network and this event are co-sponsored by CIRA and the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

Further Details and Registration

Events

  • WEBINAR: Optimization of Prevention Interventions Using MOST: State of the Science and Future Directions
    Date: Tuesday, April 23, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Presenter: Linda M. Collins, PhD (Pennsylvania State University)
    Dr. Collins will briefly describe multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) and contrast it to the classical treatment package approach. She will then review examples of recent and current applications of MOST.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Dining Out for Life
    Date: Thursday, April 25
    Dining Out for Life is an international event that has raised over $5.5 million since 1990 to help AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants in Connecticut donate at least 25% of your purchases on this one special day to APNH: A Place to Nourish your Health, for HIV/AIDS care and prevention to people throughout the state of Connecticut.
    See Participating Restaurants
  • Yale Cancer Center: "HIV, HCV and Cancer" - Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers Research Program Retreat
    Date: Tuesday, April 30, 8:30 am-4:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Medicine, Hope Memorial Building, Room H216, 315 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT
    Audience: Yale Only
    Registration: Space is limited.
    Contact: Susan Silva (Susan.Silva@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA's International Research Interest Group (IRIG)
    Date: Tuesday, April 30, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Dr. Jean Schensul, Institute for Community Research
    Topic: A Multilevel Approach to Improving ART Adherence by Reducing Alcohol Consumption among PLHIV in Mumbai HIV Clinics
    Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)
  • Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) Seminar Series: "Five Challenges in the Design and Practice of Implementation Science Trials for HIV Prevention and Treatment"
    Date: Wednesday, May 1, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Public Health, Room 106A, 47 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: James Hargreaves, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Audience: Yale Only
    Contact: Ericka Saracho (ericka.saracho@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • Reproductive Justice Symposium
    Date: May 9, 6:00 pm
    Location: The City College of New York, NAC Ballroom, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY
    The Reproductive Justice Symposium will center on the work of women of color-led birth support, research, advocacy and activism groups that explicitly apply the reproductive justice approach.
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core Presents: Joseph Hogan, ScD, Brown University
    Date: Friday, May 10, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Joseph Hogan, ScD, Brown University School of Public Health
    Title: "Using Electronic Health Records Data for Predictive and Causal Inference About the HIV Care Cascade in Western Kenya"
    Contact: Elizabeth Cappello (elizabeth.cappello@yale.edu)
  • CIRA Cross-Core Meeting
    Date: Tuesday, May 14, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenters: Sandra Springer, MD and Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS, Yale School of Medicine
    Title: "Opioids, Immune Function and HIV"
    Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)

Training Opportunities

  • NIH Southern Regional Workshop on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM)-Related Research
    Program Date: May 30, 2019
    Registration Deadline Date: May 10, 2019
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    The goals of the workshop are to: increase knowledge about NIH structure and grant processes; develop mentoring relationships within the extramural community; and enhance capacity in SGM health research. The workshop is intended for those planning on submitting an NIH grant application within the next two years.
    Further Details

Call for Abstracts

  • USPATH (Professional Association for Transgender Health) 2019 Call for Abstracts
    Abstract submission deadline: May 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    Event Dates: September 3-8, 2019
    Location: Washington, DC
    Further Details
  • Transforming Care – LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity Conference
    Abstract submission deadline: May 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm
    Conference dates: October 17-19, 2019
    Location: Columbus, OH
    Further Details
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office Request for Letters of Intent and Nominations for SGM Investigator Awards Program
    Letters of intent to apply due May 20, 2019 and final nomination submissions due June 10, 2019
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Keep It Up! is Accepting Applications for Implementation
    Keep It Up! (KIU!) is accepting applications from community-based organizations (CBO) and other HIV service organizations to implement KIU! as part of their existing HIV prevention and testing services. While the deadline for Letters of Intent has passed, we are still accepting applications regardless of whether your organization provided a Letter of Intent.
    Further Details
  • Yale Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses Faculty Research Grants
    Application due date: May 1, 2019
    Applicants will be notified of final selections via email by May 15, 2019
    Further Details
  • amfAR Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Biomedical Research
    Register for Portal Log-in and Instructions (REQUIRED): May 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Letter of Intent Submission: May 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest for Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
    Applications Due Date: May 18, 2019
    Further Details
  • Preventing HIV Infection in Women through Expanded Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention, Screening, and Response Services
    Proposal Die Date: June 12, 2019
    Further Details
  • International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Application Due Date(s): June 4, 2019, June 4, 2020, June 4, 2021
    Further Details
  • International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date(s): June 4, 2019, June 4, 2020, June 4, 2021
    Further Details
  • Providing Research Education Experiences to Enhance Diversity in the Next Generation of Substance Abuse and Addiction Scientists (R25 - Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): June 12, 2019; July 15, 2020; July 15, 2021
    Further Details

Publications

Resources

  • Collection on: Stigma Research and Global Health
    In this collection, BMC Medicine presents a series of articles on stigma research and global health that cut across sectors and fields with the goal of breaking down silos and improving our understanding of the role stigma plays in several disease areas, including HIV, TB, mental health disorders, cancer, substance abuse, leprosy, and neurological diseases.
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NOTE: All times expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2019 unless otherwise noted.

 

Spotlight on CIRA

Fri, May 10, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
Presenter: Joseph Hogan, ScD (Brown University)
Title: "Using Electronic Health Records Data for Predictive and Causal Inference About the HIV Care Cascade in Western Kenya"
Contact: Elizabeth Cappello (elizabeth.cappello@yale.edu)

Tue, May 14, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
Presenters: Sandra Springer, MD and Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS, Yale School of Medicine
Title: "Opioids, Immune Function and HIV"
Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)

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, May 17, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm: Ben Oldfield, MD, Yale School of Medicine - "Opioid Use Disorder and HIV: Integrating Care, Overlapping Stigma"
  • Fri, June 21: Lauretta Grau, PhD and Skip Barbour, PhD, Yale School of Public Health "NTA vs Traditional Thematic Analysis: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?"
  • Fri, July 19: Deepa Camenga, MD, MHS and Leslie M. Rickey, MPH, MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Fri, September 20: Sarah Brothers, Yale Sociology Department

International Research Interest Group (IRIG)

All meetings will be held at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202). Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)

  • Tue, April 30, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm: Dr. Jean Schensul, Institute for Community Research "A Multilevel Approach to Improving ART Adherence by Reducing Alcohol Consumption among PLHIV in Mumbai HIV Clinics"

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Director, CIRA

We're HiringThe Executive Director for CIRA provides general oversight of Center operations including personnel, budget, financing, and grants management, has responsibility for planning, implementation and evaluation of organizational goals and objectives, and coordinates the development/execution of CIRA's research agenda.

Further Details

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 Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu) for questions or to schedule a Peer Review session.

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, pete.donohue@yale.edu.

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 - http://cira.yale.edu/fellowships.

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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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