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SUNY Albany Partners with Downstate Medical Center to Conduct HIV Research and Training in Kazakhstan

The University at Albany and Downstate Medical Center will partner on a five-year project to conduct HIV research and training for the country of Kazakhstan.

Despite global declines in HIV incidence, infections continue to rise in Central Asia. Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia, has experienced some of the most deleterious effects of the HIV epidemic in the region.

UAlbany’s School of Public Health will provide the majority of the training while SUNY Downstate will conduct the research through its New York State International Training and Research Program (NYS-ITRP), directed by SUNY Downstate Medical Center Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Jack DeHovitz.

NYS-ITRP, an international research training program focused on building HIV and infectious disease research capacity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, is cooperatively administered by the State University of New York, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and UAlbany’s School of Public Health. Together their faculty and staff have provided local and global leadership in responding to the HIV epidemic for more than two decades, and have implemented training programs in eleven countries from the Czech Republic to Mongolia, including the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, and Russia.

The new program will build capacity at the Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU) School of Public Health to conduct implementation science research addressing HIV treatment cascade gaps in the country. The program aims to decrease the burden of HIV disease through the systematic HIV-related research training of investigators from KazNMU. The training objectives include the:

The “Kazakh National Medical University SUNY HIV Research Training Program” will be supported by a $1.5 million award from the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH).

http://www.albany.edu/news/69591.php