Yale AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP)


Robert Dubrow

Robert Heimer

Kaveh Khoshnood

Linda Niccolai

Related Sites

CIRA: Training & Research in HIV Prevention in Russia

CIRA: AIDS International Training and Research Program Supplement

CIRA: Nicaragua Supplement

In 1998, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University, in collaboration with the Biomedical Center and St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) in St. Petersburg, Russia, began a Fogarty International Center–funded AITRP program focused on HIV prevention research that spans a wide range of public health–related disciplines. This program has provided training mentorship, research support, and lasting partnerships to 72 trainees, including 49 from Russia, 14 from China, six from India and three from Nicaragua. The program is helping in–country institutions to conduct research needed to develop evidence–based policies to mount effective responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and is enabling trainees to apply their research and teaching skills upon their return home.

We also are promoting in–country training through our support to the Masters in Public Health Program at SPSU, a critical step in preparing a next generation of Russian public health leaders. Trained public health professionals are urgently needed to implement programs to combat HIV, tuberculosis, obesity, tobacco– and alcohol–related diseases, and other causes of morbidity and premature mortality in Russia.

In 2002, the Yale AITRP received a supplemental award from the Fogarty International Center to assist in the planning and development of a public health educational program for master’s students at SPSU. A series of collaborative meetings, which included faculty from YSPH and representatives from the St. Petersburg Biomedical Center and SPSU, was held to identify local public health needs and establish the program’s organizational structure and curriculum. Russia’s first university–based MPH program opened in September 2005. The first cohort of 11 MPH students graduated in June 2007, and 15 students graduated in June 2008.


  • Research Training in HIV-Associated Cancer Genomics

Although the Biomedical Center in St. Petersburg conducts research in both HIV and cancer, research in these two areas has proceeded on separate tracks. Therefore, this supplement to the Yale AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) focuses on providing training for the development of research on HIV–associated cancer genomics. This collaboration between Yale, the Biomedical Center, and the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the National Cancer Institute is training two pre–doctoral students and one postdoctoral fellow from the Biomedical Center to develop research with the goal of discovering genes that influence the incidence or progression of HIV–associated cancers.

Contact Robert Dubrow or Josephien Hoh for more information.

Related site:CIRA: Research Training in HIV-Associated Cancer Genomics

  • Nicaragua

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Nicaragua is limited, but there are indications that infections could rapidly increase. Currently, little HIV prevention research is being done in Nicaragua, and the research that is underway lacks a center with the capacity to oversee various initiatives. This developmental grant, a collaboration between Yale University and the Nicaraguan Autonomous National University at León (UNAN–León), aims to strengthen HIV/STI prevention research capacity at UNAN–León.

Contact Robert Dubrow for more information.

Related site:CIRA AITRP Supplement for Nicaragua