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Vanderbilt-Nigeria Biostatistics Training Program (VN-BioStat)

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Funding Fogarty Program

Fogarty HIV Research Training

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Vanderbilt-Nigeria Biostatistics Training Program (VN-BioStat)

Principal Institution

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Shepherd, Bryan Earl; Aliyu, Muktar Hassan; Hussaini, Nafiu

Project Contact Information


Year(s) Awarded





Bayero University Kano
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital

NIH Partners


Project Description

As Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is facing the threats of high HIV burden, low combination antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage, and slow decline in new HIV infections. The need to develop research capacity to generate evidence to tackle the burden of HIV in Nigeria is great, and biostatistics expertise and leadership, which is lagging in West Africa, is critical to these research activities. 

In response to this need, the Vanderbilt- Nigeria Biostatistics Research Training Program (VN-BioStat) harnesses the longstanding and highly successful research partnership between Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University Kano, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health to establish a research and training platform that will create a cohort of highly skilled Nigerian biostatistics leaders with the capacity to lead independent and collaborative research focused on HIV.

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