Yale University

About CIRA

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) was established in 1997 and is currently New England's only National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded AIDS research center. CIRA brings together scientists from 25 different disciplines and three institutions including Yale University, The Institute for Community Research and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut. At Yale, faculty from five different schools participate in CIRA, including the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Yale Law School, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and Yale School of Nursing.

Mission Statement

CIRA supports innovative, interdisciplinary research that focuses on the implementation of HIV prevention and treatment and the elimination of HIV disparities.  

Specific Aims

CIRA received its renewal from NIMH in 2018 to provide support to multidisciplinary HIV-related research with the following specific aims:

  1. Become a national resource for Implementation Science research on the HIV epidemic and mental health.
  2. Expand and disseminate scientific knowledge on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in small urban areas, including research generated by the New England HIV Implementation Science Network.
  3. Expand international research in resource poor settings.
  4. Develop the next generation of HIV and mental health researchers, with an emphasis on expanding our role as a major training center for scientists from under-represented minorities.

CIRA's Research

The Center presently more than 200 affiliates comprised of HIV scientists representing multiple disciplines, research trainees, community and institutional partners, and provides support to 68 active grants, including 25 international research and training programs. CIRA supports and advances HIV-related implementation science to close the gap between evidence-based HIV prevention and treatment approaches and clinical and community practice. While emphasizing implementation science, CIRA continues to support other innovative, interdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on combination prevention, multi-level approaches, and the integration of clinical, health services, and social-behavioral sciences.