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Yale Study Urges Life-saving Drug Treatment to Combat Ukraine's HIV Epidemic

Face & SyringeA new study led by Yale University researchers finds that scaling up use of methadone and buprenorphine - medications for treating opioid use disorder known as opioid agonist therapies (OATs) - could greatly reduce HIV transmission rates and prevent deaths in Ukraine, where the disease is epidemic among people who inject drugs. The study was published in The Lancet.

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Recruitment for CIRA's Highly Successful Fellowship Program is Still Underway

REIDS LogoThe Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) is accepting applications until Monday, February 3, 2020. Through this CIRA-supported fellowship program, new scientists who are underrepresented in the field of HIV research are equipped with the skills to advance prevention research and to address future challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Fellows will benefit from mentorship from top HIV researchers conducting innovative and cutting-edge research to eliminate HIV disparities, integration with the CIRA community, and a network of over 100 past HIV Fellows from around the world, who have gone on to top-tier universities and have received numerous federally funded research grants.

For more information on REIDS, please contact Katie Doucet (katie.doucet@yale.edu) or visit the REIDS website.

Update: NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining HIV/AIDS Funding

NIH LogoThe Notice informs the scientific community about the NIH HIV/AIDS research priorities and guidelines for allocation of HIV funding for fiscal years (FY) 2021-2025. The notice provides examples of research ALIGNED or NOT ALIGNED with the priority areas (previously classified as high-, medium-, or low-priority).

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Events

  • Yale School of Nursing Office of Research Seminar Series: "Sex Talks at the Dinner Table with LGBTQ Adolescents: Parent/Child Sex Communication for HIV/STI Prevention"
    Date: Thursday, January 16, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Nursing, Yale West Campus, Room 11706, 400 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT
    Presenter: Dalmacio Dennis Flores, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    Topic: "Sex Talks at the Dinner Table with LGBTQ Adolescents: Parent/Child Sex Communication for HIV/STI Prevention"
    Contact: Lorena Fonte, (lorena.fonte@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods (IRM) Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group: "Parents' Perspective on Sexuality-Focused Sex Communication with Gay, Bisexual and Queer Adolescent Sons: Implications for HIV/STI Prevention"
    Date: Friday, January 17, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Dalmacio Dennis Flores, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    Topic: "Parents' Perspective on Sexuality-Focused Sex Communication with Gay, Bisexual and Queer Adolescent Sons: Implications for HIV/STI Prevention"
    Contact: Lauretta Grau, (lauretta.grau@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Settings Conference
    Date: January 28-30
    Location: Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI
    The SAMHSA-funded Opioid Response Network (ORN) is hosting a gathering of states and local municipalities interested in implementing Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) into their correctional facilities. This 2.5-day meeting will highlight the Rhode Island Department of Corrections' model (one of the first to incorporate MAT system-wide), as well as other evidence-based delivery models from correctional systems around the country.
    Further Details
  • Yale School of Medicine's Program for Humanities in Medicine presents: "Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality"
    Date: Thursday, January 30, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Medicine, Nieson Irving Harris Building, Cohen Auditorium, E, 230 South Frontage Road, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Celeste Watkins-Hayes, PhD, Author
    Topic: "Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality"
    Contact: Karen P Kolb, (karen.kolb@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA Cross-Core Seminar: "Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation vs. National Standard of Care in Eswatini: Results from the MaxART Cluster Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial"
    Date: Thursday, February 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Ariel Chao, MPH Candidate, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation vs. National Standard of Care in Eswatini: Results from the MaxART Cluster Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series: Timothy Mah
    Date: Friday, March 6, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Timothy Mah, DSc, Acting Deputy Division Chief, Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID
    Topic: "TBA"
    Contact: Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA Cross-Core Seminar: "When Things Go Wrong: Statistical Approaches to Problem Data in Randomized Clinical Trials"
    Date: Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Russell "Skip" Barbour, PhD, CIRA
    Topic: "When Things Go Wrong: Statistical Approaches to Problem Data in Randomized Clinical Trials"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • CIRA Cross-Core Seminar: "Overall, direct, disseminated, and composite effects of HIV testing and counseling on HIV risk behaviors and HIV incidence in the ANRS 12249 Treatment as Prevention trial in rural South Africa"
    Date: Thursday, May 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Presenter: Raul Hernandez Ramirez, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
    Topic: "Overall, direct, disseminated, and composite effects of HIV testing and counseling on HIV risk behaviors and HIV incidence in the ANRS 12249 Treatment as Prevention trial in rural South Africa"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)
    Further Details
  • Adherence 2020
    Early Bird Registration: Friday, January 17
    Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, January 24
    Actual Conference Dates: June 7-10
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Further Details

Call for Submissions

  • PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program
    Application Due Date: January 22, 2020 at Noon PST
    - Application Portal
    - Further Details
  • Request for Information (RFI) on the Development of the Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Sexual & Gender Minority Health Research
    Submission Due Date: January 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    The NIH welcomes feedback on the future directions in sexual and gender minority (SGM) health and research to optimize NIH's research investments.
    Further Details
  • NIDA Diversity Scholars Network (NDSN)
    Application Due Date: January 31, 2020
    The NDSN is a competitive, rigorous, and comprehensive program aimed at enhancing the funding success of outstanding underrepresented early-stage investigators conducting drug abuse research.
    Further Details
  • 2020 Stigma Research Training Institute
    Application Due Date: February 10, 2020
    CRDF Global is accepting applications on behalf of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center for a four-day Stigma Research Training Institute at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland on June 8-11, 2020.
    Further Details
  • Learning from the Transfer of HIV Interventions from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) to the United States: Informing the Plan for America to End the HIV Epidemic
    Response Requested By: February 15, 2020
    The NIH is soliciting examples of interventions in HIV prevention, care or treatment that were developed in LMICs and have been transferred and attempted to be implemented in the U.S. They are also interested in interventions that have not yet been transferred from LMICs to the U.S. but could potentially be transferred to help curb the HIV epidemic.
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

Yale Opportunities:

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholar Awards
    Letters of Intent Deadline (not required but strongly encouraged): January 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    Full Application Due Date: March 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    Earliest Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2020
    Eligibility: Current Yale junior faculty members
    Further Details

HIV-Related Opportunities:

  • Scaling Up High-Impact HIV Prevention, Testing and Treatment Models in Central America under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
    Application Due Date: February 19, 2020
    Further Details
  • Strategic Use of Surveillance and Epidemiology to Support HIV Epidemic Control in Kenya under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
    Application Due Date: February 19, 2020
    Further Details
  • Technical Assistance for Accelerating the Coverage and Quality of Effective HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care Activities Among Key Populations and People Living with HIV in Thailand under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
    Application Due Date: March 6, 2020
    Further Details
  • Accelerating and Sustaining HIV Epidemic Control and Related Diseases in Western and West-Nile Regions in the Republic of Uganda under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
    Application Due Date: March 8, 2020
    Further Details
  • Novel Imaging Approaches for detection of Persistent HIV and Neuroimmune dysfunction associated with HIV In the Central Nervous System (CNS)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): March 11, 2020
    - R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed
    - R01 Clinical Trial Optional
  • Enhancing Engagement of People with HIV through Organizational Capacity Development and Leadership Training (E2tDLT)
    Application Due Date: March 18, 2020
    Technical assistance webinar: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 1:00-2:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • Digital, Limited Interaction Trials and Epidemiology (D-LITE): Targeting HIV Incidence in the United States (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
    AIDS Application Due Date: March 20, 2020
    Further Details
  • Quality Improvement Solutions for Sustained Epidemic Control Project (QISSEC)
    Application Due Date: March 27, 2020
    Technical assistance webinar: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:00-3:30 pm ET
    Further Details

Other Opportunities:

  • Broad PCORI Funding Announcements -- Cycle 1 2020 (for Addressing Disparities, Assessment of Options, Communication and Dissemination Research, Improving Healthcare Systems)
    Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: February 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    Application Deadline: May 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • PCORI Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research -- Cycle 1 2020
    Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: February 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    Application Deadline: May 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Older Adults (R18)
    Application Due Date: February 20, 2020
    Further Details
  • SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success
    Application Due Date: March 6, 2020
    Further Details
  • Methods and Measurement in Research with Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R21- Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date: March 13, 2020
    Further Details

Notice of Special Interest:

  • Administrative Supplement for Research on Bioethical Issues (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
    Key dates: January 24, 2020 – March 20, 2020
    Further Details
  • Modeling Social Contagion of Substance Use Epidemics
    Key dates: February 5, 2020 – January 8, 2023
    Further Details

Publications

Resources

  • SAMHSA Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults
    This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
    - More information from SAMHSA

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

 

Spotlight on CIRA

CIRA Cross-Core Seminars

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

  • Thu, February 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Ariel Chao, MPH Candidate, Yale School of Public Health - "Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation vs. National Standard of Care in Eswatini: Results from the MaxART Cluster Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)
  • Wed, April 22, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Russell "Skip" Barbour, PhD, CIRA - "When Things Go Wrong: Statistical Approaches to Problem Data in Randomized Clinical Trials"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)
  • Thu, May 21, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Raul Hernandez Ramirez, PhD, Yale School of Public Health - "Overall, direct, disseminated, and composite effects of HIV testing and counseling on HIV risk behaviors and HIV incidence in the ANRS 12249 Treatment as Prevention trial in rural South Africa"
    Contact: Russell Barbour (russell.barbour@yale.edu)

CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series

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

  • Fri, March 6, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Timothy Mah, DSc, Acting Deputy Division Chief, Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID - "Topic TBA"

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, January 17: Dalmacio Dennis Flores, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing - "Parents' Perspective on Sexuality-Focused Sex Communication with Gay, Bisexual and Queer Adolescent Sons: Implications for HIV/STI Prevention"
  • Fri, February 21: Marie Brault, Yale School of Public Health - Topic TBA

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Recruitment for CIRA's highly successful fellowship programs is underway

Fellowship Opportunities at YaleThe Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program and the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) are now accepting applications. Through these CIRA-supported fellowship programs, new scientists are equipped with the skills to advance prevention research and to address future challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Fellows will benefit from mentorship from top HIV researchers conducting innovative and cutting-edge research to eliminate HIV disparities, integration with the CIRA community, and a network of over 100 past HIV Fellows from around the world, who have gone on to top-tier universities and have received numerous federally funded research grants. Our two training programs have generated over 1200 peer-reviewed publications and over 200 funded grants since 2008.

For more information and application, visit CIRA Training.

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 (katie.doucet@yale.edu) 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, pete.donohue@yale.edu.

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