NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Fogarty International Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 2, 1998

Irene Edwards
(301) 496-2075

Fogarty International Center Announces
Funding of AIDS International Training and Research Program Grants

BETHESDA, MD. --The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a total of $9 million to fund fourteen new and competing renewal awards to U.S. Universities under the third funding cycle for the FIC AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP). The grants are funded jointly by FIC and four other NIH institutes and offices - the Office of AIDS Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

U.S. grantees will work with international colleagues to build global HIV/AIDS research capacity and help prevent HIV transmission through development of HIV/AIDS international training and research programs for health scientists, clinicians, and allied health workers in regions of the developing world. They will collaborate with countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Far East, as well as Russia and newly independent states in Eastern Europe.

First funded in 1988, the program aims to train developing country scientists to address more effectively the AIDS epidemic through prevention research, combining biomedical and behavioral interventions.

"The AITRP represents the international training arm of NIH's HIV research effort," said FIC Director Gerald T. Keusch, M.D. "It continues to increase the international research capacity of our domestic institutions, as well as those of developing nations."

Since its inception, the program has established a core of highly trained clinical and epidemiological investigators in regions of the world that may become the site of international HIV vaccine trials when such a vaccine is available for widespread testing; conducted studies on HIV susceptibility among individuals with repeated risk exposures who remain uninfected; supported efforts to understand factors related to maternal-fetal transmission of the virus and develop and test approaches to interrupt such transmission; and provided findings on prevention of opportunistic diseases resulting from HIV infection.

Over the ten year course of this program, 1,500 scientists from 100 nations have trained in the U.S. and 650 in-country courses have been conducted, benefiting more than 43,000 health scientists around the world.

The following were successful applicants for new awards and competing renewals:

Additional information on this program may be obtained by contacting Dr. Kenneth Bridbord, Director, FIC Division of International Training and Research at: phone: 301-496-2516; fax: 301-496-2056; e-mail: bridbord@nih.gov.

FIC is a component of the NIH and supports international collaboration in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Press releases and other information about FIC are available on the Internet at: http://www.nih.gov/fic.