Training

AIDS International Training Research Program (AITRP)

Funded by FIC & NIDA. Grant 1D43TW008633-01; PI: Steffanie Strathdee;
Co-Director:
María Luisa Zúñiga; Co-Director: Rafael Laniado

AIDS International Training ResearchThe AIDS International Training Research Program (AITRP) will build sustainable research capacity on primary and secondary prevention of HIV, TB and STIs in the Mexico-US border region, which is experiencing a serious, emerging HIV epidemic. The primary institutional partners will be the two largest public universities in this region: the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC), in Tijuana. We will also engage other academic partners on both sides of the border: the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), Xochicalco University and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP). DespiteAITRP Staff extensive binational collaborations, our existing training programs are restricted to U.S. citizens. Across the border region, there is a dearth of researchers who have formal public health training.

Our aims are:

  1. To develop sustainable regional research capacity to support training in prevention of HIV, TB and STIs in the Mexico-US border region.
  2. To promote graduate education at UABC by supporting Masters and PhD level training in Public Health and a culture of mentoring developing scientists. AITRP Client and Staff
  3. To advance knowledge in the prevention of HIV, TB and STIs through binational mentored research projects that will support evidence based translation of research into policy and practice.
  4. To meet these aims, we propose a coherent, multidisciplinary program of education and training in degree and non-degree experiences, based both in San Diego and Tijuana, which are located less than one hour apart. The mainstay of the degree training will consist of MPH and PhD level training at UABC, with the opportunity for electives offered at UCSD and SDSU, and virtual lectures offered through UCSD, UABC, COLEF and INSP. Non-degree training will include short and long term training experiences offered in the U.S. and Mexico. Given rapid increases in HIV prevalence and incidence documented recently among high risk populations in the Mexico-US border region, our AITRP is poised to leverage existing research and training programs to increase the capacity of Mexican researchers to respond to an emerging HIV epidemic that could soon become generalized.

Postdoctoral Fellowships Available
(Announcement: English or Spanish)

Master's Fellowships Available
For further information on AITRP, please send an email to the following address: aitrp@ucsd.edu