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Yale School of Public Health Researchers Awarded More than $9.4 Million in Grants

Drs. Trace Kershaw, Judith Lichtman and John PachankisThree research grants totaling more than $9.4 million have been awarded to Yale School of Public Health researchers. Among the awardees are:

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Prescribed Opioids Raise Risk of Pneumonia in Patients With and Without HIV

A spilled bottle of opioid pills on a table. Other pill bottles are visible in the background. Taking prescribed opioids raises the risk of pneumonia in individuals with and without HIV, a new Yale-led study finds. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reinforces the concern that prescription opioid painkillers have a negative impact on the immune system. It also underscores the need for awareness among opioid prescribers who can take steps to minimize the risk of pneumonia through vaccination and promoting smoking cessation, the researchers said. To their knowledge, this is the first study to examine the impact of prescribed opioids on pneumonia risk in patients with HIV.

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On Zoonotic Viruses and Yale-New Haven Hospital's AIDS Care Program: An Interview with Warren Andiman, MD

Dr. Warren Andiman"The entire focus of my work changed when the AIDS epidemic hit New Haven."

Read the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine interview with Warren Andiman, M.D., founder of the AIDS Care Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Andiman is currently Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) at the Yale School of Medicine.

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New CT State Data: HIV Diagnoses Up In 2017

The number of people diagnosed with HIV increased in Connecticut from 2016 to 2017, according to new data released by state health officials Friday, but over the long term, new cases of the disease have been on the decline.

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Implementation of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have issued final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule). Several provisions in the Revised Common Rule may result in changes to Yale IRB review and application processes, as well as NIH policies and procedures. More information is available at the following links.
- Yale Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)
- National Institutes of Health
- Revised Common Rule

PODCAST: Syringe Service Programs

Drs. Robert Heimer, Yale School of Public Health, Thomas Stopka, Tufts Public Health, and Melissa Marx, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discuss the effectiveness of Needle Exchange programs and address concerns some have about crime and safety around Syringe Service program sites.

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Vaccine Expert Named First Director of Yale Institute for Global Health

Dr. Saad B. Omer has been named the inaugural director of the Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH). Omer is currently the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Pediatrics at Emory University's Schools of Public Health and Medicine. He will hold joint appointments at Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine and a secondary appointment at Yale School of Nursing, effective July 1.

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  • Drugs, Sex and Policy: How Fears about Sex and Drugs are Driving Bad Public Policy
    Date: January 29, 12:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Medicine, William L. Harkness Hall, Rm. 309, 100 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenters: Cyndee Clay, HIPS, and Evan Serio, Sex Workers and Allies Network
    Hosts: Yale Global Health Studies Program & Yale Global Health Justice Partnership
    The speakers will address how fear-based narratives surrounding "sex" and "drugs" are shaping criminal legal and policy decisions affecting people who are engaged in selling sex, using drugs, and related activities.
    Contact: Poonam Daryani (
  • Listening Sessions: Opportunities to Inform Development of Next National HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Strategies
    Tuesday, January 29, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm: Virtual - Register
    Friday, February 22, 11:00 am-1:00 pm: In-person - More Information
    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host two listening sessions to gather public input for updates to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP). Both national plans currently expire in 2020.
  • WEBINAR: Designing and Measuring Engagement in Behavior Change Interventions
    Date: Wednesday, January 30, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    This webinar will briefly cover relevant theories and empirical findings from the engagement literature, introduce a multi-disciplinary model of engagement, and end by taking a deep dive into features and techniques for promoting effective engagement in practice.
    Further Details and Registration
  • WEBINAR: An Update on the All of Us Research Program
    Date: Wednesday, January 30, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Dr. Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN, will present an overview of the All of Us Research program, a historic effort by the NIH to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health.
  • WEBINAR: Addressing Barriers and Facilitators to PrEP Adoption and Persistence
    Date: Thursday, January 31, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Viraj Patel, MD, MPH, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA International Research Interest Group - George K. Siberry, MD, MPH
    Date: Tuesday, February 5, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: George K. Siberry, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Adult Clinical Branch, Office of HIV/AIDS; Senior Pediatric Technical Advisor for PEPFAR, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator; United States Agency for International Development
    Title: "PEPFAR: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed"
    Contact: Dini Harsono (
  • CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core Presents: "Individual and Network Package Effects of Combination HIV Prevention In Network-Randomized Trials"
    Date: Wednesday, February 6, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Ashley Buchanan, DrPH, University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
    RSVP: Lunch will be provided but you must RSVP to Liz Cappello (
    NOTE: Attending by computer or mobile device? Enter (You may be prompted to download Zoom.)
  • WEBINAR: AHRQ's Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Authoring Tool
    Date: Thursday, February 7, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    This webinar will provide training on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Authoring Tool, which can help develop interoperable, standards-based CDS via a user-friendly application.
    Further Details and Registration
  • WEBINAR SERIES: Exploring Policy Surveillance
    Upcoming Dates: February 11, March 12, April 9, May 14
    This five-part monthly webinar series examines policy surveillance and empirical legal research methods and standards, issues in global and local policy surveillance, and challenges and opportunities for the use of policy surveillance in research and policymaking.
    Further Details
  • NIMH 10th Anniversary Conference: Global Mental Health Research without Borders
    Date: April 8-9, 2019
    Location: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, MD
    Registration is now open. The conference organizer will also host a Workshop on Writing a Successful Grant Application on April 10, 2019 (Register here). There is no cost to attend these events but interested participants must register.
    Further Details

Training Opportunities

  • NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services
    Date:June 19-20, 2019
    Location: Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45), NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD
    Registration is free but required, and attendees can join either in person or via NIH VideoCast (in-person attendance is strongly encouraged).
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Administrative Supplement for Research on Sex/Gender Influences (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date(s): February 20, 2019
    Further Details
  • 2019 Award Competition: Development of Point-Of-Care Testing for HIV and Co-Morbidities for Use in Low and Middle Income Countries
    Pre-proposal due date: March 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST
    Invited full proposal due date: May 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST
    Further Details
  • Yale Macmillan Center Faculty Research Grants
    Application Due Date: March 15, 2019 (for July 1, 2019 project start)
    Further Details
  • Enhancing Linkage of STI and HIV Surveillance Data in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)
    Application Due Date: April 8, 2019
    Further Details
  • Strengthening Systems of Care for People Living with HIV and Opioid Use Disorder
    Application Due Date: April 16, 2019
    Further Details
  • Women's HIV Epidemiology Cohort Studies (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): May 14, 2019
    Further Details
  • HIV Prevention Clinical Trials Network Leadership and Operations Center (UM1 Clinical Trial Required)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 1, 2019
    Further Details

Request for Information

  • Input on Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH
    This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather broad public input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) at NIH to assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding.
    Response Date: January 14, 2019 - February 22, 2019
    Further Details



  • NIH Officials Discuss Scientific Evidence and Principles Underlying the U=U Concept
    Writing in JAMA (link to article), officials from NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) review the scientific evidence underlying U=U and discuss the implications of widespread acceptance of the message.
    Further Details
  • NIH World AIDS Day Highlights: Speakers Share Progress and Current Opportunities in the HIV Field
    Speakers at NIH's 2018 World AIDS Day event shared how far HIV basic research has brought the field and where we are headed.
    Further Details
  • PEPFAR 2019 Country Operational Plan: Guidance for all PEPFAR Countries
    PEPFAR's laser focus on sustainable control of the HIV epidemic is resulting in greater impact on the epidemic and improved outcomes for people.
    Further Details

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


Spotlight on CIRA

CIRA Bids Farewell to Milena Stanojlovic

Milena StanojlovicMilena Stanojlovic, former Assistant Director of CIRA's Development Core, has accepted a new position with the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. In her new role which began on January 11, Milena will serve as a Postdoctoral Researcher studying how people recover from serious mental illness and addiction. CIRA thanks Milena for her almost two years of service and we wish her well in her new position.

Core Meetings

CHSR and CRI Cores Joint Meetings
All meetings will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202)

  • Next Meeting TBA

Clinical and Health Services Research (CHSR) Core
All meetings will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202)

  • Wed, February 27, 2019

Community Research and Implementation (CRI) Core
All meetings will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202)

  • Wed, February 13, 2019

Interdisciplinary Research Methods (IRM) Core
This meeting will be held at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202)

  • Wed, February 6, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm - Ashley Buchanan, DrPH, "Individual and Network Package Effects of Combination HIV Prevention In Network-Randomized Trials"

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group
All meetings will be held from Noon to 1:30 pm at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

  • Fri, February 15, 2019
  • Fri, March 15, 2019
  • Fri, April 12, 2019
  • Fri, May 17, 2019
  • Fri, June 21, 2019
  • Fri, July 19, 2019

International Research Interest Group
All meetings will be held at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

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 -

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,

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 ( for questions or to schedule a Peer Review session.

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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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