UNC receives $2.7 million NIH grant to continue AIDS research training program

Thursday, April 23, 2009 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received $2.7 million from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to train HIV/AIDS researchers in China, Malawi and Cameroon.

The training program, which is entering its 11th year, supports long- and short-term HIV/AIDS research training and is run by UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. UNC works with international partners to recruit trainees who will be hired at partner institutions in their home countries after they leave the program.

The funds are awarded under the Fogarty International Center’s 20-year-old signature AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), which has trained nearly 2,000 foreign researchers. Most remain in their countries to battle the epidemic, train young scientists and move into government health leadership. Most of the training is done at UNC in the School of Medicine and the Gilllings School of Global Public Health.

“UNC has been working in these countries for decades and we have seen very tangible benefits of this and similar training programs,” said Myron Cohen, M.D., director of the institute and associate vice chancellor for global health. Cohen is also the J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology in the medical school, and of Epidemiology in the public health school.

Ada Adimora, M.D., professor of medicine, is principal investigator and director of the program.

UNC’s partners in the AITRP program include: China CDC National Center for STD Control in Nanjing; Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi; and the University of Buea in Cameroon.

The Fogarty International Center, the international component of the NIH, addresses global health challenges through research and training programs and international partnerships.

For more information, go to: http://globalhealth.unc.edu/unc-receives-nih-grant-to-train-hiv-researchers.php.

Web sites:
Fogarty International Center: http://www.fic.nih.gov
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases: http://globalhealth.unc.edu

Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold, (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu


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