NIH Office of AIDS Research Plans to Announce New Programs for Global AIDS Research
The National Institute of Health's Office of AIDS Research today will announce new initiatives for international HIV/AIDS research "aimed at slowing the disaster and reversing [the virus'] destruction of communities, economies and nations worldwide." The strategic plan, developed by experts convened from academia, industry and communities, highlights OAR's research objectives by establishing several programs, described below, designed to facilitate international AIDS research.
- Global AIDS Research Initiative: This initiative will increase funding for international research and establish new funding approaches and opportunities; provide support for long term research infrastructure, development of new prevention methods, international conferences and information dissemination of research results to "resource-poor settings;" coordinate global research efforts; and address barriers to international research and relevant policy issues.
- "High-Level" Working Group: OAR will establish a working group comprised of "top officials," including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, to oversee the implementation of the initiative.
- Global Strategy Group: OAR also will establish a Global Strategy Group to coordinate and link research undertaken by its international partners. Co-chaired by Fauci, the "group will help determine the critical research priorities and steps necessary to achieve the research goals."