Yale University

International Research

CIRA promotes international HIV research through a number of initiatives that aim to advance and disseminate the work of our investigators who conduct HIV-related research abroad, 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.

For questions about our international research initiatives and opportunities to present your research, please contact Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu).

International Research Interest Group (IRIG)

Chair: Luke Davis, MD
Coordinator: Dini Harsono, M.Sc.

The International Research Interest 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:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM
    Presenter: George K. Siberry, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Adult Clinical Branch, Office of HIV/AIDS; Senior Pediatric Technical Advisor for PEPFAR, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator; United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    Title: "PEPFAR: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed"
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm
    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, Associate Professor of Social Epidemiology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, 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, Chief of Party, 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, Pharmacy Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia
    Title: ”Exploring Multidimensional Aspects of Aging in HIV”
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am
    Presenter: Marek Chawarski, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Emergency Medicine, Yale University
    Title: “Malaysia’s Evolving Strategies to Address Interrelated Substance Use Problems and HIV/AIDS”
  • Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Timothy Mah, DSc, Deputy Division Chief, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID
    Title: “Developing and Implementing Data-Informed HIV Programming at Scale”

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 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 research collaborations in diverse international settings, and enhance the scope of CIRA’s research impact through implementation science.

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.