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NIH awards $100M for global HIV data analysis
July / August 2021 | Volume 20 Number 4
The NIH has
renewed grants to seven regional centers that form the International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) program and plans to award about $100 million in total over five years. The 15-year-old IeDEA program efficiently advances knowledge about HIV by pooling and analyzing de-identified health data from more than two million people with HIV on five continents to answer research questions that individual studies cannot address.
The program addresses local, national and global questions about illness and death in people with HIV to accelerate progress toward ending the pandemic. The initiative also provides data to international partners such as the WHO and UNAIDS to inform global health policy. In addition, IeDEA builds global health research infrastructure to help the next generation of scientists address questions important to their geographical regions. Finally, the program works to improve the quality of international health data by identifying gaps in both data and analytical methods and determining how to fill them. The new funding will enable the program to add a Sentinel Research Network (SRN) to prospectively collect cardiovascular, cancer, lung, metabolic, substance use and mental health data to characterize the sizeable impact of noncommunicable diseases on people with HIV today. The program’s Fogarty-IeDEA Mentorship Program will continue to help competitively selected early-stage investigators formulate hypotheses, conduct analyses, write papers and participate in scientific meetings.
Half of the new funding for IeDEA comes from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The other half comes from NIH funding partners including Fogarty; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the National Institute of Mental Health. .
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