The UM-IHV AITRP addresses the gap in fundamental epidemiological and statistical capacity with a didactic 2-week course in Nigeria developed by faculty members, Drs. Charurat and Sorkin. Twenty-three modules, eight exercises, and a hands-on analysis using STATA cover the following areas: Measures of Disease Outcomes, Study Designs, Measures of Associations, Biases, Confounding and Interaction, Statistical Inferences, Bivariate Analyses, and Multivariate Analyses. Examples of published case series and population-based studies are discussed and analyzed.
For building capacity in research ethics and regulatory affairs, the UM-IHV AITRP employs a 3-day south-to-south training through the Fogarty sponsored West Africa Bioethics Center originally developed by faculty member, Dr. Adebamowo. This training course engages a standardized curriculum for introductory and advanced training to include: Historical Development of Ethics in Research Involving Human Participants, Principles of Research Ethics, Concepts of Risk, Paying Research Participants, Introduction to Clinical Ethics, Protection of Research Participants, and Research Misconduct.
A course already offered at the University of Maryland School of Medicine led by Ms. Saunders, Assistant Dean for Research Career Development in the Office of the Dean, will be conducted in Nigeria each year. This in-country "Grant Writing Workshop" is targeted to 10 new or junior faculty and post-doctorates especially those who are completing the South-South training program with the objective of creating grant proposals.
In this 2 weeks course organized by Dr. Adebamowo, the International Agency for Cancer Research, the Nigerian Malignancy Consortium, and the FMOH, trainees (treating physicians, surgeons and pathologists) are introduced to the principles of epidemiology of HIV-associated malignancies including viral etiology, diagnosis including clinical features of HIV-associated malignancies and their differential diagnosis and treatment. Practical workshops target improved tissue collection for pathologic diagnosis and research. The training course covers the following areas: History of Cancer Registration in the World and Nigeria, Epidemiology and Incidence of Common Cancers in Nigeria; HIV/AIDS and Malignancies in Nigeria; Purpose and Uses of Cancer Registration; Planning a Community-based Cancer Registry; Data Sources for Cancer Registration; Classification and Coding of Neoplasms; and Quality Control in Cancer Registration.
Developed by Dr. Adebamowo, the purpose of this two-week course is to train Nigerian pathologists and technical staff in the techniques for tissue sample collection, processing, staining, and interpretation but also to foster a network of collaborating pathologists in Nigeria who can work together to upgrade capacity for accurate diagnosis of HIV-related malignancies. Trainees will engage in didactic and laboratory-based curriculum. Case series of pathology slides will be reviewed with the objective of having trainees perform independent assessments of “unknown” cases.
If interested in becoming a trainee in any of the above mentioned courses, please click here for more information and current schedules.