Yale University

International Research

CIRA promotes international HIV research through a number of initiatives that aim to advance and disseminate our investigators' global work, explore the potential for translation and adaptation of evidence-based practices between domestic and international settings, facilitate international research synergy, and explore opportunities for new research collaborations in low-resource, highly-affected areas and populations. Implementation science is a central focus at CIRA, and our efforts are directed towards supporting multidisciplinary research partnerships that apply strategies to integrate evidence-based interventions, practices, and policies into real-world settings.

Click here to view CIRA's international research portfolio with links to project abstracts (updated August 17, 2021). For questions about our international research initiatives and presentation opportunities, contact Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu).

International Research Interest Group (IRIG)

Chair: Luke Davis, MD, MAS
Coordinator: Dini Harsono, MSc

The group provides a venue for research-in-progress presentations with an emphasis on high-impact implementation research, networking opportunities to foster collaborations, and dissemination of updates on CIRA international research initiatives. The group organizes up to 4 talks per year at CIRA and also virtually on Zoom.

Recent presentations and discussion panels:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
    Presenter: George K. Siberry, MD, MPH, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) USAID
    Title: "PEPFAR: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed"
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
    Presenter: Jean Schensul, PhD, Institute for Community Research
    Title: "A Multilevel Approach to Improving ART Adherence by Reducing Alcohol Consumption among PLHIV in Mumbai HIV Clinics"
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019, 10:00 am-11:30 am
    Presenter: Thomas Guadamuz, PhD, MHS, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Title: ”Circuit Parties as ‘Risk Environment’: Preliminary Findings from Thailand”
  • Monday, October 21, 2019, 10:00 am-11:30 am
    Presenter: Marina Njelekela, MD, MPH, PhD, USAID Boresha Afya Program, Deloitte Consulting Limited, Tanzania
    Title: ”Performance of a Prevention, Care and Treatment Program in Tanzania: 2016-2019”
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10:00 am-11:30 am
    Presenter: Reena Rajasuriar, PhD, University of Malaya, Malaysia
    Title: ”Exploring Multidimensional Aspects of Aging in HIV”
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10:00 am-11:30 am
    Presenter: Marek Chawarski, PhD, Yale School of Medicine
    Title: “Malaysia’s Evolving Strategies to Address Interrelated Substance Use Problems and HIV/AIDS”
  • Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Timothy Mah, DSc, USAID
    Title: “Developing and Implementing Data-Informed HIV Programming at Scale”
    Presentation: view and download
    Recording: view on YouTube
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 8:00 am-9:00 am
    Panelists: CIRA international visiting fellows (Drs. Iskandar Azwa, Thomas Guadamuz, Yifei Hu, Lisa McDaid, Marina Njelekela, Reena Rajasuriar) and Yale faculty researchers (Drs. Frederick Altice, Cindy Crusto, Kaveh Khoshnood, Julia Rozanova, Sheela Shenoi, Donna Spiegelman, and Sten Vermund)
    Moderator: Luke Davis, MD, MAS
    Title: "Conducting International HIV/AIDS Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic"
    Discussion summary: view and download
    Recording: view on YouTube
  • Monday, September 21, 2020, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
    Presenters: Luke Davis, MD, MAS, Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Sheela Shenoi, MD, MPH, Yale School of Medicine
    Title: "A Theory-informed Education and Counseling Intervention for HIV-TB Treatment Adherence (TEACH) in South Africa and Uganda"
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
    Presenters: Robert Hecht, PhD, Yale School of Public Health and Pharos Global Health Advisors and Claire Young, MPH, Pharos Global Health Advisors
    Title: “Are Governments and Donors Failing Key HIV Populations? What Does the Evidence Say?”
    Presentation: view and download
    Recording: view on YouTube

International Visiting Fellow Program

The primary purpose of the International Visiting Fellow Program is to support a CIRA investigator who is engaged in HIV research in an international setting to bring an established partner research scientist or a desired partner researcher to CIRA and Yale for a short visit (up to 9 days) to work on collaborative HIV research endeavors, disseminate their research, and network with CIRA’s research community. The program prioritizes visiting fellows from a country in regions with the highest burden of HIV/AIDS.

CIRA sponsored four international HIV scholars in 2016, four in 2017, two in 2018, and three in 2019 to work with CIRA scientists affiliated with the Yale Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing. This program has demonstrated potential to sustain ongoing research partnerships, yield new multidisciplinary collaborations, and enhance the scope of CIRA’s research impact through implementation science. Due to the pandemic, the program was suspended in 2020 and 2021.

Collaboration with other international research programs at Yale

CIRA supports global health research partnerships across Yale schools and departments and works closely with the Yale Institute for Global Health. We coordinate international HIV research-focused guest lectures and events and organize discussions on funding opportunities to support international collaborative HIV-related research and training proposal development and submission.

HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Crises
Launched in fall 2020, this initiative aims to foster multidisciplinary collaborations and identify research questions related to the well-being of people with HIV or at risk for HIV and affected by humanitarian crises. For more information, visit the project webpage.