Director Craig Cohen, MD, MPH
The UCSF-Gladstone CFAR International Program's mission is to serve our community of researchers working internationally, with a major focus on East Africa. We are dedicated to supporting junior investigators including scholars from UCSF, the Gladstone Institute, and partner institutions in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The International Programs office supports research, training, and collaboration. We aspire to catalyze future research in the region through building local capacity, strengthening local institutions and creating opportunities for interdisciplinary and multi-country collaboration to address the HIV epidemic. Furthermore, we aim to leverage our research collaborations focused on HIV/AIDS to generate new resources and opportunities to combat the other health needs throughout the region.
The UCSF-Gladstone CFAR redefined its international program based on the strategic aims outlined in its successful recompetition in 2011, and subsequently building on the outcomes of a strategic international retreat convened jointly by CFAR and UCSF Global Health Sciences (GHS) in October 2012. Specifically, the program aims to support research in resource-limited international settings by leveraging all CFAR cores and programs and facilitating their international activities.
The goals of the international program include:
- Collaborate effectively with the UCSF-GIVI CFAR based early investigator Mentorship Development Program to facilitate their respective international research collaborations and training activities, leverage existing resources, maximize CFAR investments, and optimize outcomes and overall impact of this CFAR.
- Collaborate effectively with CFAR's strategic partners at UCSF, such as Global Health Sciences (GHS), AIDS Research Institute (ARI), Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and other research groups to improve communications, linkages, and resource-sharing at various international sites while addressing a common agenda.
- Develop new linkages and strengthen existing partnerships with other global health research groups and training efforts across UCSF (and other UC campuses and networks as appropriate) to forge new collaborations and leverage existing resources, including FIC/NIH-supported programs such as GloCal Health Fellowship, the Masters of Science in Global Health Sciences Program, and others.
Overview of International Projects
UCSF's HIV/AIDS researchers work across the globe individually and as part of global research networks. UCSF-GIVI's developmental awards are open to emerging investigators working both within and outside the focus region, including Latin America, Asia, and Southern Africa.