Fogarty recently issued four renewal grants totaling $8.8 million to researchers conducting ongoing HIV/AIDS research training programs in low- and middle-income countries. Five-year awards from Fogarty’s AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) will support U.S. universities and their foreign collaborating institutions in educating trainees involved in HIV-related research activities in their home countries.
"These awards will boost HIV/AIDS research capacity around the world, helping clinicians and health workers in developing countries to combat a disease that still causes over a million deaths per year," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass.
Yale University will use its renewal funding to continue training young Russian scientists and clinicians to engage in epidemiological, behavioral and prevention research. The award granted to Baylor College of Medicine will help pediatric researchers work toward improving the preventive care and treatment of infected children and families in Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda and Romania. Increasing the HIV/AIDS expertise of Zambian and Chinese biomedical scientists and healthcare providers will be the goal of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s grant, while the University of Illinois at Chicago will use its award to sustain efforts to combat the AIDS epidemics in Chile, China, Indonesia and Malawi.
Though the number of new HIV infections has decreased worldwide since the epidemic peaked in 1999, there were still 1.8 million AIDS-related deaths in 2009, according to the World Health Organization. Launched in 1988, AITRP was one of the first research training programs to address the disease, training many of the leading HIV/AIDS researchers and policymakers currently working in the global health field.
Fogarty AITRP renewal awards