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Infectious diseases are a major threat to human health throughout the globe. From well established pandemics, such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, to outbreaks, such as SARS, ebola and pandemic influenza, the cost in human lives increases every year. Infectious diseases are not contained within national borders and affect everything from cell biology and genetics to social system band national security. To come up with effective prevention and treatment strategies, a global multi-disciplinary approach is needed.

The International Infectious Disease and Global Health (IID&GH) Training Program will focus on advanced trainees (PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows) from all four of CIHRís pillars of research (basic, clinical, epidemiology and social sciences). They will be selected from a global pool of candidates and will receive their primary research training and supplemental academic programs offered by the Program in one of four major research centres. These research centres are sites of major research activities through collaborations with the University of Manitoba (UM). These centres include Winnipeg (the home of the UM and the National Microbiology Laboratory and known nationally for its strength in infectious disease research); Nairobi, Kenya (where contributions to the epidemiology and basic science of HIV transmission and natural resistance goes back 20 years); Bangalore, India (since 2000 is a respected leading centre in the development of innovative and effective HIV prevention strategies); and Medellin, Colombia (the newest of the UMís international sites and a focus for HIV surveillance and prevention efforts in the region). The Training Program will provide funding for the annual major course for Canadian-based trainees in each of the 4 research centres and, in an effort to realize true human capacity development, will fund local trainees at each of the international centres. The Training Program has 3 major research foci (HIV, emerging infections and global health) and 4 themes (Aboriginal health, ethics, knowledge translation and professional development). The IID&GH Training Program curriculum is composed of the trainees primary research project, an annual major course with learning visits, an optional short-term research practica and a monthly scientific discussion group (Infectious Minds).

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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