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Duke CFAR Newsletter - December 15, 2021

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Duke CFAR awarded supplement through CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative for program led by Dr. Nwora Lance Okeke

The Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has received an administrative supplement of $150,000 as part of the CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative (CDEIPI). Duke CFAR’s submission to the program is entitled: “Evidence2Practice (E2P): Leveraging implementation science to recruit HBCU/MSI students into careers in HIV research”


Evidence2Practice (E2P) is an intensive on-campus workshop-based initiative with the goal of increasing student interest in careers in HIV science, through providing an experience-based introduction to implementation science. The program developed out of a 4-year long collaborative partnership between Dr. Nwora Lance Okeke, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor- Division of Infectious Diseases), Kenric B. Ware, PharmD (Associate Professor of Pharmacy- South University) and Russell Campbell (Deputy Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination(HANC)). Through this partnership, Dr. Okeke, Dr. Ware and Mr. Campbell, created the Bringing PrEP to Campus (BPC) program in 2018 aimed at gaining the input of students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to create campus-specific strategies for HIV prevention. This program was anchored by the Be the Generation curriculum created by Mr. Campbell and HANC’s Legacy Project. Evidence2Practice is a reconfiguration of the BPC program, created to better respond to CDEIPI’s call to increase HBCU students’ interest in careers in HIV science. E2P will be led by Dr. Okeke and Dr. Amy Corneli (Associate Professor of Population Health) in partnership with Dr. Ware and Mr. Campbell. 

Read more about the E2P program and supplement here.

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Duke School of Nursing in Spotlight on World AIDS Day 2021

On World AIDS Day December 1st, leaders at Duke University School of Nursing were in the Spotlight — from an invitation from President Joe Biden to Dean Vincent Guilamo-Ramos to participate in a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day to participation by Associate Dean Michael Relf in a ceremonial ringing of the closing Nasdaq bell at Times Square. 

Read more about the World AIDS Day events and HIV research at DUSON here.

Upcoming Events

SBS Core Rocket Talk | NIH Stigma and Discrimination Research Toolkit and Priorities: A View from NIMH and NIDA

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 12 - 1pm

Presenters: Drs. Brenda Curtis (NIDA Intramural Research Program) and Gregory Greenwood (NIMH Division of AIDS Research)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in partnership with the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stigma Scientific Interest Group (SIG), have recently developed a toolkit designed to be a collection of evidence and resources related to stigma and discrimination research. NIH Stigma SIG Co-Chairs and co-developers of the toolkit, Drs. Curtis and Greenwood will provide an overview of the toolkit and discuss stigma research findings and priorities for NIDA and NIMH, respectively.

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Meeting ID: 925 3329 0412

Passcode: 898720

To be added to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core listserv, email cfar-sbs-core-request@duke.edu

Workshop Series: Quantitative Methods for HIV Researchers

January & February 2022

Registration is now open for the Quantitative Methods for HIV Researchers - Statistics Workshops. In Part II of this workshop series, attendees will learn important concepts in statistics and perform statistical analyses using two case studies modified from real HIV data. We will introduce different types of clinical research studies, perform exploratory data analysis with numerical and graphical summaries and introduce hypothesis testing in the first half of the series. In the second half, we will fit generalized linear models and introduce survival analysis and longitudinal analyses.

Learn more and register through our website here.

Summer Opportunities

Applications being accepted for the Duke Quantitative 2022 Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS

Duke Quantitative Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS are paid internships during Summer 2022 to conduct research in HIV/AIDS for graduate students in quantitative disciplines. Areas of research may include data analysis, visualization, machine learning, computer simulation, mathematical modeling, or device engineering. Interns are jointly mentored by an HIV research scientist and a quantitative faculty member (who could be your current research advisor if appropriate). Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience in a collaborative setting, increased knowledge in HIV/AIDS research, and will strengthen oral and written communication skills. Interns will also have the opportunity to present their work at national and international HIV/AIDS conferences.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as long as internship slots are available.

Learn more and access the application on our website here.

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and UCSF-Bay Area CFAR accepting applications for Visiting Professor Program

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in collaboration with the UCSF-Bay Area Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is now accepting applications for the Visiting Professor Program. They anticipate a return to an in-person program hosted in San Francisco from Monday, June 13 through Friday, July 22, 2022. The program offers three tracks, supported by R25s from NIAID, NIMH, and NIDA, to appeal to scientists with a broad range of research interests

This program is designed to assist investigators interested in conducting HIV-related research that has implications for U.S. racial and ethnic minority communities to strengthen the investigators’ programs of research and obtain NIH funding. Scientists in the program have access to the expertise of a team of mentors who are successful at conducting NIH-funded research that impacts HIV-related health disparities in racial and ethnic minority communities.


Program participants take part in the six-week summer program at UCSF for three consecutive summers, with mentoring and distance learning year-round. Participants are appointed and paid as Visiting Professors in the UCSF Department of Medicine during the summer program, and also receive $20,000 to support acquiring research skills and analyzing data, to facilitate the completion of an R-level grant application

Learn more and access the application here.

Apply to become a fellow of the NIDA-funded Fordham University HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Ethics Training Institute

The Fordham University HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute invites Early Career Investigators to apply for their summer institute and funded research grant:

  • Attend two summer training institutes: July 11-18, 2022 (In-Person, NYC) and July 23 (TBD) with fully funded travel and lodging 
  • Receive a $30,000 grant to conduct a mentored research study that will contribute to evidence-based HIV & drug abuse research ethics practice 
  • Join an international network of scholars examining current challenges in HIV & drug abuse research ethics

Applications are due February 23, 2022.

Learn more and access the application here.

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