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$900,000 grant will support HIV prevention research training

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) has received a five-year, $919,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health to support its post-doctoral fellowship program. The training program has been continually supported since its inception in 1996.

Steve Pinkerton, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, is the director of the postdoctoral research program. Carol Galletly, J.D., Ph.D., serves as associate director.

The grant supports stipends for research fellows, each of whom receives two years of training under the guidance of CAIR faculty investigators.

A majority of recent fellows have been racial and ethnic minority early-stage investigators; consequently, this training program has contributed to increasing the number of minority researchers in the field of HIV prevention.

“This renewal is a major accomplishment and attests to the reputation of high quality HIV prevention research and research training at CAIR and at MCW,” said Jeff Kelly, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine and director of CAIR.

The Center for AIDS Intervention Research at MCW is one of five HIV prevention research centers in the United States funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. CAIR’s missions are to conceptualize, conduct, and scientifically evaluate the effectiveness of new intervention strategies to prevent HIV infection in populations vulnerable to the disease.

CAIR’s research also develops improved strategies to promote health and alleviate adverse mental health consequences among persons living with HIV. CAIR is committed to disseminating its findings both to the scientific community and to public health providers so they benefit from Center research.