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
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
on the construction and management of the CFI labs in Nairobi.