There are two web-based approaches to facilitate the initiation of interdisciplinary and translational collaborations between CFAR investigators at Einstein and Montefiore, CollaboratorQuest and Collaboration Zone. CollaboratorQuest is CFAR-specific and Collaboration Zone is school wide. These approaches and how to access them are described below.
The CFAR Administrative and Developmental Cores have developed CollaboratorQuest to enable CFAR investigators to identify researchers at Einstein with specific expertise, access to patient populations or technical skills who are available for collaborations. To access this service, click on the link above (CollaboratorQuest) and follow the instructions. After you fill out the request form describing what kind of collaboration you need and click send, it will be automatically sent out by email. CFAR investigators within groups you define (from almost 200 CFAR-affiliated faculty, postdocs, fellow and/or students) will then get an email from Webrunners@einstein.yu.edu with a subject line saying "CollaboratorQuest: New Request with your specific request inserted listed. Hopefully you will receive a reply from a CFAR member who can either collaborate with you or suggest a possible collaborator.
The Einstein CTSA-funded ICTR utilizes innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration regardless of organizational affiliation or position within and across the entire Einstein and Montefiore bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of science. Clicking on the link above will bring you to the Collaboration Zone, a web page that centralizes access to three portals, Einstein Research Profiles, Sci Val Funding and ReAgent Exchange. This expertise portal facilitates interaction among clinical and basic science investigators to enable them to apply new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice at the front lines of patient care. Einstein Research Profiles provides a searchable database of the research interests, publications and funding of all Einstein researchers; Sci Val Funding provides a searchable database of grant opportunities available from more than 1,000 organizations; and the ReAgent Exchange provides a web-based communication tool that allows Einstein investigators to make equipment or reagents no longer needed available to other investigators.
The CFAR has developed a resource to enable CFAR researchers to network with community leaders to obtain advice on how to design studies that meet the research needs of the community and implement strategies facilitating recruitment of difficult-to-reach populations while providing community leaders and their funding agencies with access to their scientific and clinical expertise.
Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plans (ECHPP)
CFAR member Dr. Laurie Bauman has brought her expertise as Director of the Preventive Intervention Research Center (PIRC) at Einstein to improve linkage to care by partnering the Einstein-Montefiore CFAR with the NY State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University HIV Center and the NYC DOHMH to identify blocks that prevent access to care and to develop modalities to circumvent them. These studies are responsive to the CDC-initiated ECHPP planning process to support the 12 US metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) most affected by the HIV epidemic. Under an NIH-funded CFAR supplement of nine CFARs coordinated by the DC Center for AIDS Research (Dr. Alan E. Greenberg, PI), the Einstein-Montefiore CFAR is acting as the lead agency of a partnership between the Einstein-Montefiore CFAR, the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Research at the NY State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University (HIV Center), and the NYC DOHMH. The partnership is using a multidisciplinary, multi-method approach to address a key vulnerability in HIV prevention, variation in timely linkage to care at HIV testing sites in New York.
Einstein-Montefiore CFAR Community Advisory Board (CFAR CAB).
CFAR investigators have strong relationships with some of the hardest hit communities in the United States, including HIV-infected or at-risk Hispanic and African-American drug users and MSM. In response to increased need for community participation in all aspects of research, the CFAR has established the Einstein-Montefiore CFAR Community Advisory Board (CFAR CAB). The CFAR CAB meets four times a year and consists of 17 leaders of community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide services and/or advocacy to Bronx residents with or at risk for HIV infection (please click here for membership). The CBOs serve primarily racial/ethnic minorities, target high-risk populations such as drug users, sex workers or MSM, and include syringe exchange programs, faith-based programs, government offices, and regional offices of national coalitions. The major goals of the CFAR CAB are to help inform the community about HIV-related research and to provide CFAR investigators with feedback and perspective to guide the content and process of studies that address community issues and difficult-to-reach populations.