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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
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.
More information is available at IeDEA.org.
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