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UM School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology Awarded $40 Million Grant to Conduct HIV Population Surveys

June 24, 2019

Man Charurat, MD

Dr. Man Charurat Completed One of the Largest Population Based HIV/AIDS Survey

Man Charurat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (CIHEB), and Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention, Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has been awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct HIV population-based HIV impact assessments worldwide to measure the progress towards the control of the HIV epidemic. 

The University will receive $40 million in the first year. Dr. Charurat is completing the 20-month Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), one of the largest population-based HIV/AIDS household surveys ever conducted. The preliminary result of NAIIS was released by the Government of Nigeria and U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) earlier this year.

“This grant allows us to build on our expertise in technical assistance for improving service delivery for HIV/TB prevention, care, treatment, and for associated infectious and non-communicable diseases, and provides more in-depth insights into the HIV epidemics globally,” said Dr. Charurat.

With this new award for a project titled “Regional Strengthening of HIV-focused Population-based National Surveys and Size Estimations (RESPONSE),” the Center will focus survey implementations in several priority countries heavily affected by HIV. The survey combines household visits with key questions and cutting-edge technologies to directly measure national HIV incidence, HIV viral load suppression, and other selected infectious diseases such as HBV, HCV, TB, and syphilis. Under the leadership of each country’s Ministry of Health, survey teams travel door to door to collect risk behavioral data along with biomarkers. Survey results from each country will become available as they are completed over the next five years.

“Dr. Charurat’s important leadership and research in this area will help set the stage to better understand how to intervene and bring an end to HIV prevalence. This is particularly important for the most vulnerable populations. His research team has already conducted significant research and surveillance in Nigeria, which will help form evidence-based HIV intervention policy,” said UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who is University Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor.

The University leads a consortium comprising of ICF International, the Population Council, the African Field Epidemiology Network, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the African Center for Disease Control. In collaboration with the CDC Division of Global HIV and TB, the consortium plays a key role in designing and implementing the PHIA surveys which includes lending expertise in epidemiology, laboratory science, health informatics, survey statistics, and workforce training.

About the Institute of Human Virology

Formed in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is home to some of the most globally-recognized and world-renowned experts in all of virology. The IHV combines the disciplines of basic research, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders - most notably, HIV the virus that causes AIDS. For more information, www.ihv.org.

About the Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity

The Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity, founded in 2016, is an international research center created within the University of Maryland School of Medicine by the Institute of Human Virology. CIHEB’s mission is to improve population health, safeguarding communities against health-related threats, and promotes health equity worldwide. CIHEB currently implements 16 programs in six countries with annual funding portfolio of $90M. For more information, www.ciheb.ihv.org and follow us on Twitter @CIHEB_UMB

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and more than $530 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact more than $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu

 

Contact

Institute of Human Virology
Nora Samaranayake
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(410) 706-8614 (phone)
(410) 706-1952 (fax)
nsamaranayake@ihv.umaryland.edu

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