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  • The Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program

  • The Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), funded by the National Institutes of Health – Fogarty International Center, is a collaboration among Brown University, Tufts University and The Miriam Hospital.

    The program’s goals are to:

    • Train and mentor foreign scientists in the conduct of ethically sound and scientifically rigorous laboratory, clinical and socio-behavioral research related to HIV/AIDS
    • Foster the development of a cadre of international site-specific scientists who can become competent independent researchers and can address critical issues facing their own countries’ HIV/AIDS epidemics

    AITRP is committed to AIDS research and education in the developing world, and currently supports established research training programs at partner sites in India, the Philippines, Ghana, Kenya and Cambodia.
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    One of the AITRP’s collaborating training sites is YR Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai, India. The center is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in India and currently cares for more than 13,000 people living with HIV. More than a dozen of the center’s laboratory, clinical, behavioral and nutritional investigators have received advanced training via AITRP.

    Trainees from the University of the Philippines, including physicians and other clinicians, social and behavioral scientists, basic scientists and administrators, have come to Brown University for HIV/AIDS training under the AITRP program. A number of former AITRP trainees now occupy key positions at the university and the major hospitals and have continued to be active leaders in HIV/AIDS research in the Philippines.

    The University of Ghana Medical School is affiliated with the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, which is home to one of the largest clinics providing care for people living with HIV. Short-term and long-term degree training is provided by the AITRP, with a focus on nursing, pharmacology and nutrition related to HIV.

    Moi University School of Medicine opened AMPATH, the Academic Model for Prevention of HIV/AIDS, in partnership with Brown University. The AMPATH Training Institute is the major HIV training center for the western half of Kenya.

    The National Center for HIV/AIDS Dermatology and STD (NCHADS) is the Cambodia Ministry of Health body responsible for HIV surveillance, diagnosis, treatment and prevention in Cambodia. AITRP trainees from NCHADS have returned to develop pivotal surveillance projects and participate in development of the national program. Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE has one of the largest programs providing HIV care in Cambodia. AITRP trainees have returned to conduct independent studies of the spectrum of disease in newly diagnosed patients, gynecologic complications in HIV-infected women, and the response of plasma and genital tract virus to antiretroviral therapy.