Center for AIDS Research

AIDS International Training and Research Program

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Program Director: Vinayaka R. Prasad, Ph. D.

Einstein has been funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH as an AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) since 2000 under the leadership of Dr. Vinyaka Prasad (Director of the Einstein/MMC CFAR Developmental Core). The Einstein AITRP has India as its major country of focus and Rwanda and Bangladesh as minor countries.

The goal of the Einstein AITRP is research capacity-building in these countries in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and AIDS associated fungal pathogens. To this end, they train scientists from these countries in critical biomedical, epidemiological and behavioral research methodologies. Accessory training in blood safety and clinical research is also provided. The Einstein AITRP training models include short, medium and long-term training. Short-term training is delivered in-country via 10-day workshops focusing on specialized topics aimed at training clinicians and basic researchers in specific HIV/AIDS areas. Medium-term training for 3-6 months is their core training model involving training of graduate students registered for thesis research in AIDS topics in India or Bangladesh by having them visit Albert Einstein for research involving (but not limited to) a broad range of AIDS-related topics including characterizating of local subtypes of HIV, basis for possible differential incidence of dementia in AIDS, 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, developing diagnostics for C. neoformans and Candida sp., molecular biology and pathogenesis of fungal opportunistic pathogens of AIDS, rapid, inexpensive phage-based detection methods for M. tuberculosis and genetic approaches to study role of M. tuberculosis genes.

The Einstein AITRP long-term componant training consists of two elements: a Master's degree in Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) and Post-doctoral research training AIDS research performed at Einstein. In addition, the Einstein AITRP also conducts in-country training in epidemiology delivered by Einstein faculy members. While the short-term and the long-term training covers all three countries, the medium-term US training is initially focused on India and Bangladesh. An important element of the 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 to find positions in biomedical research organizations or via advanced in-country research project support for eligible individuals.

The Einstein/MMC CFAR is highly integrated with the Einstein AITRP, with Dr. Prasad functioning as the PI of the The Einstein AITRP and the Director of the Einstein/MMC CFAR Developmental Core and Dr. Goldstein serving on the Einstein AITRP Executive Committee. Einstein/MMC CFAR has co-sponsered the Einstein AITRP Workshops in India in 2004 and 2007 and several members of the Einstein/MMC CFAR Executive and Steering Committees have traveled to India and Rwanda to participate in these workshopslead in-country training programs.

    Further details are available at the website: http://www.aecom.yu.edu/aitrp.

    Please contact Dr. Vinayaka Prasad for information regarding application to this program.

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