|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 30, 2000
Office of AIDS Research
Wendy Wertheimer, (301) 496-0357
NIAID Office of Communications
and Public Liaison
Leslie Fink, (301) 496-5717
World AIDS Day 2000: NIH Announces New Plan for Global AIDS Research
- increase the investment in global AIDS research.
- establish new funding approaches and new research opportunities.
- provide support for long-term research infrastructure.
- provide funding for development of new prevention strategies.
- support international conferences and workshops with scholarships for scientists from developing nations.
- develop and support information dissemination and translation of research results relevant to resource-poor settings.
- coordinate global AIDS research policy issues.
- support training workshops to help international investigators prepare research grants and establish partnerships.
- address obstacles to conducting international research.
Funding International Research
In Fiscal Year 2001, NIH will spend more than $100 million on AIDS research conducted with international partners. In addition to that sum, NIH will increase its already significant commitment to global research including research on vaccines to carry out the President's mandate in this area, microbicides, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and research to find cheaper and less complicated therapies that may be administered in resource-poor nations.
Leadership and Coordination
To assure that the goals of this initiative are met, OAR is establishing a high-level working group, comprised of the top officials of each of the NIH institutes supporting international AIDS research. This working group will be co-chaired by the director of OAR and NIAID's Dr. Fauci. This group will foster collaboration and partnerships with other federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Global Strategy Group
To link federal research efforts with international partners, OAR will establish the Global Strategy Group. This group, co-chaired by the director of the OAR and director of NIAID, will include policymakers, ethicists, experts from academia, foundations, international organizations and leading scientists from around the world. This group will help determine the critical research priorities and steps necessary to achieve the research goals.
The Office of AIDS Research is located within the Office of the Director of NIH, and coordinates the scientific, budgetary, legislative and policy elements of the NIH AIDS research program. OAR sets the scientific agenda for the large and diverse NIH AIDS research program through the development of an annual comprehensive AIDS research plan and budget.
NIAID is a component of the NIH. NIAID conducts and supports research to prevent, diagnose, and treat illness such as HIV disease and other sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, malaria, asthma and allergies. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.