Introduction This international AIDS research capacity-building program is interested in India, Rwanda and Bangladesh as our focus. Our goal is research capacity-building in the areas of:
- HIV-TB coinfections
- Coinfections of HIV and Fungal pathogens
To this end, we propose to train scientists from these countries in critical biomedical, epidemiological and behavioral research methodologies. Accessory training in blood safety and clinical research is also provided. Our training models include short, medium and long-term training.
Short-term training (India, Rwanda) will be in-country (to be held mostly in India but attended by trainees in all three countries and sometimes in Rwanda for trainees in that country) via 1 to 4-week workshops aimed at specialized topics aimed at training clinicians and basic researchers in specific HIV/AIDS areas.
Medium-term training (Only India and Bangladesh) for 3-6 months is our core training model involving training of graduate students registered for thesis research in AIDS topics in India or Bangladesh visiting Albert Einstein for research on (but not limited to): Characterization of local subtypes of HIV; virological basis for differential HIV neuropathogenesis; Drug resistance in HIV and its detection; Developing AIDS prevention methods and the evaluation of their efficacy; Epidemiological studies on attitudes of women to HAART; Development of diagnostics for C. neoformans and Candida species in AIDS patients; Molecular biology and pathogenesis of fungal opportunistic pathogens of AIDS; Rapid, inexpensive phage-based detection methods for M. tuberculosis in immunocompromised individuals.
Long-term training (India, Rwanda and Bangladesh) consists of three components: a Master's degree in Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), Master’s degree in Public Health and Post-doctoral research training in AIDS research.
Additional Programs For Rwanda and India, we also conduct in-country training in clinical research methods. An important element of our training plan is ensuring the return of the trainees to their home countries by training graduate students in mid-stream which ensures their return and sharing of expertise, selecting long-term trainees with prior permanent positions as well as assisting them find positions in biomedical research organizations as well as via Advanced in-country research project support for eligible individuals.