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Our Training Program has collaborated with a number of established training programs.
• Together with the Allergy and Asthma National Training Program we have presented a joint workshop on Project Management.
• Mentors and Trainees of our Training Program were co-organizers, provided lectures and keynote addresses as part of the University of Winnipeg’s Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases in 2005 and 2007. This was an excellent opportunity for some of our trainees to get experience teaching to a predominantly undergraduate audience.

The IID&GH Training Program will continue with these existing relationships, but in an effort to strengthen its research ethics and aboriginal health content it will also expand to collaborations with new training program partners.
• As part of the proposed “International Research Ethics” course that will be delivered in Nairobi, Kenya in the third and sixth years of the program, the IID&GH Training Program has established partnerships with two R25 Fogarty centres at the NIH training programs in bioethics (see attached letters).
• To strengthen our academic and training linkages to promote aboriginal health and training, the IID&GH Training Program has established a collaboration with the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (CAHR) at the U of M. CAHR is a leading institution in Canadian aboriginal health research and runs a very successful training program. The Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research Environments (NEAHR) program was funded by the CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Health and it supports trainees at all levels that are involved in aboriginal health research. CAHR’s NEARH program will partner by funding the stipends for two graduate students involved in aboriginal health research whose projects involve some aspects of infectious disease and the IID&GH Training Program will provide the learning environment in infectious diseases and global health. CAHR will also provide leadership to the aboriginal health research agenda for the IID&GH training program by providing mentors and course lectures (see attached letter). Courses and seminar series specific to aboriginal health will be lead by CAHR and IID&GH trainees invited to participate. Through this training program CAHR is also interested in creating a dialogue and linkages with Aboriginal (or as they prefer, Indigenous) communities in Colombia who are at an elevated risk for HIV acquisition.


Although this is a diverse group of researchers there is an excellent culture of collaboration among the group.
• Since 1988 Drs. Fowke and Plummer have worked closely together on the immunology, virology and genetics of HIV susceptibility and resistance, mainly in Kenya, and they have co-published 23 articles (2 more in press). They are co-investigators on 5 currently active grants (NIH, Gates, CFI, STIHR, CIHR), have joint lab meetings and have co-supervised students in the past. Dr. Fowke was the PI on a grant on the role of immune activation prior to HIV seroconversion and Dr. Moses was a co-investigator on the project.
• Drs. Plummer and Moses both lived in Nairobi and since 1990 worked together on HIV prevention research and clinical trials, and published 34 articles together. It was through the excellence of the Nairobi model of HIV interventions that the team was invited to India by the World Bank to give advice on how to stem the epidemic in that country. This led to a major program in India where Dr. Moses currently resides and is the Director of the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust where he collaborates closely with Dr. Blanchard.
• Drs. Blanchard and Moses have jointly established a major HIV prevention, care, support, and research program in India, and jointly published 20 articles. They are co-investigators on 4 currently actives grants and programs valued at over $34M.
• Dr. Washington works very closely with Drs. Moses and Blanchard on HIV interventions in India and they have published 9 papers together.
• Drs. Wylie and Rojas are working with Drs Moses and Blanchard to adapt the model of HIV interventions to Colombia and Dr. Fowke is providing them laboratory support. Dr. Wylie has collaborated with Dr. Fowke on the immunologic effects of social support networks among intravenous drug users and they are currently co-applicants on a Gates Grand Challenge Explorations grant on that topic.
• Dr. Mignone has active collaborations with Drs. Moses and Blanchard in India and they have jointly published on informal sector health providers in India. He also collaborates with Dr. Wylie, Rojas and Fowke in Colombia.
• Dr. Becker has worked with Drs. Moses and Blanchard and they have published 4 articles on HIV interventions such as a microbicide trial. She is also collaborating with Dr. Fowke on a study of Elite HIV Controllers in Winnipeg.
• While these various collaborations exist, the Training Program will help formalize the academic linkages between all of the team members which should lead to even further collaborations.
• Dr. Estambale and Fowke have been co-PIs on a jointly submitted grant on capacity building around HIV clinical trials. They have also worked closely on the construction and management of the CFI labs in Nairobi.

Canadian Institute of Health Research
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Canadian Institute of Health Research
Karnataka Health Promotion Trust
Canadian Institute of Health Research
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