Our first Virtual Annual Training Session with scholars and faculty from across the world!

The HIGH-IRI is a new training program focused on the intersection between Dissemination & Implementation Science and infectious diseases. Over two years, the Institute will deliver world-class training and mentorship, and also foster professional connections among a group of like-minded, leading-edge researchers who will magnify each other’s impact. Together, we can solve some of the most pressing health crises around the world.

The threat from infectious diseases to human health is at a crossroads.

We have the interventions to stop or slow most infectious diseases confronting humanity. Interventions to prevent (e.g., vaccines) as well as treat (e.g., antibiotics, antiretroviral therapy) many infectious diseases are very effective when used, and are also inexpensive, minimally toxic and widely available.

However, these interventions have not always yielded anticipated gains in population health. Even though HIV treatment reliably normalizes health and lifespan, only about 50% persons living with HIV in the US are on sustained successful treatment. Globally this number is even lower in many settings. What strategies can best improve engagement of populations in treatment and prevention services?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the planet, but the severity of the epidemic has been highly variable across geographical, social and national contexts, in part due to differential uptake of evidence-based social and physical distancing practices. How can societies best implement practices known to mitigate pandemic impact?

The field of dissemination & implementation (D&I) science is an emerging and growing field of inquiry — allied with health systems research, operations research and program science — that offers novel and distinctive perspectives on how to understand and overcome these gaps and advance human health.

The HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Health Implementation Research Institute (HIGH-IRI) seeks to grow the scientific community engaged in D&I research addressing infectious diseases. Together, we can find novel solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing our global population.

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Program Description

  • The HIGH-IRI program period is 24 months. During this time, the program offers mentorship and training in implementation research for scholars working in infectious diseases to supplement existing resources in home training programs and institutional environments mostly through remote engagement.
  • The program includes two one-week, in-residence training and networking periods on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The in-person training periods will be held at the very start of the program and at the beginning of the second year.
  • Note: Plans to convene the first cohort of scholars in-person during the third quarter of 2021 will depend on the evolving COVID-19 situation. If travel is not possible, we will conduct this week-long training session in 2021 to a video-conference format.
  • In the period of time between in-person training, faculty mentors from the HIGH-IRI program will work remotely with trainees to develop research projects and successful funding proposals (e.g., for K or R-series NIH grants). The HIGH-IRI faculty seek to supplement existing mentorship relationships in the trainee’s home institution particularly for implementation research.
  • The HIGH-IRI program will seek to cultivate a scientific network between peers and mentors to form long-term scientific and professional collaborations. The program includes a “twinning” function to foster peer-to-peer relationships through site visits. In addition, we will facilitate a visit for a trainee to a research sites led by their HIGH-IRI faculty mentor for hands-on exposure to conduct of implementation research.
  • We seek a diverse cohort of six to eight scholars each year.
  • Travel allowance for annual in-person training will be provided.
  • 10,000 USD professional development allowance is also available.
  • The application for 2021 cycle opens in December 2020 and should be submitted by Monday, April 5, 2021 (5 pm US Central Time)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Early Career Infectious Disease, HIV, and Global Health researchers (PhDs/MDs and equivalent) at post-doctoral or junior faculty level.
  • Both US and non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

Contacts

Program Directors: Elvin Geng, MD, MPH and Ross C. Brownson, PhD
Program Manager: Alissa Hanten

Program Coordinator: Jamie Macon

Funding for this program is provided by Viiv Healthcare and the National Institutes of Health