Dr. Denis Nash of the CUNY School of Public Health recently received an award from NIH for the renewal of the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) – Central African regional collaboration. This project is jointly led by CUNY and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The total award is $9.4 million over 5 years, with $1.9 million in Year 1. The vast majority of money will be given to the clinical sites in Central Africa. The project is funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease as well as National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The IeDEA Central Africa Regional cohort collaboration is an $9.4 million observational study of patients receiving HIV care in Central Africa. The study includes 46,094 HIV-infected adults and children from 15 sites in Rwanda, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. In this next cycle, the research team will add sites in the Republic of Congo. The study aims are to utilize implementation science methods to optimize HIV care outcomes, and to conduct clinical epidemiologic investigations of HIV-related outcomes, co-morbidities of aging, and HIV+ women’s reproductive health in Central Africa. The study is being led jointly by Dr. Nash and Dr. Kathryn Anastos of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and includes a consortium of investigators from Centre National de Reference en Matiere de VIH/SIDA (Burundi), Kinshasa School of Public Health (Democratic Republic of Congo), Kalembelembe Pediatric Hospital, Centre de Traiment Ambulatoire de Pointe Noire and Centre de Traiment Ambulatoire de Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Research for Development International (Cameroon), Rwanda Military Hospital, Data Solutions, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University, the Ohio State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Drs. Nash and Anastos have been leading observational HIV studies in the Central African region for over 10 years. This award is a 5 year renewal of the IeDEA Central Africa Regional cohort collaboration.