• to equip trainees with the research, scientific knowledge and skills to become outstanding
researchers in infectious diseases and global health.
• to create a novel and stimulating multidisciplinary and truly
international research training environment that fosters
creativity, opportunity, and innovation, and one that demands excellence.
• to harness the unique opportunity offered by the critical
mass of infectious diseases and global health infrastructure,
research opportunities and outstanding scientists in the training of the
next generation of infectious disease researchers.
• to make available collaborative
international research sites for the trainees’ primary research
projects, sites for research practica and major course offerings.
• to offer a shared learning
environment, where trainees and mentors from all four of
CIHR’s research pillars and the four international training sites work cooperatively
to explore issues of international infectious diseases and global health.
With the aim of developing a truly international training program focused
on HIV/AIDS, emerging infections and microbial resistance, and global health
areas of research will include:
• the basic immunology, biochemistry and genetics of HIV infection and resistance
• the prevention of HIV infection through behavioural and structural intervention
programs, and vaccine and microbicide development
• the epidemiology and biology of, and host responses to, emerging infectious
diseases and the vectors that transmit them
• the scope, epidemiology and mechanisms of microbial resistance
• understanding social, cultural and anthropological factors involved in
• assessing the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations such
as aboriginal communities in Canada, and sex-workers and the poor in developing