The research structure resulting from this competition will enable NIAID's Division of AIDS to more effectively respond to global research needs, including those of people of color, those who live in poverty, and women, all of whom are increasingly affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and continue to be under-represented in clinical research.
"We are pleased to be making this announcement on World AIDS Day," says Dr. Fauci, "as this year's World AIDS Day theme focuses on 'Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS'."
Each network leadership group selected as part of this competition will work with NIAID and other NIH Institutes on a focused research effort. To most effectively coordinate across disciplines, each network can address significant scientific questions in one or more of six priority research areas
The decision to revamp the clinical research structure emerged following extensive consultations with researchers, clinicians, community, nurses, advocates and people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS. The new approach is designed to increase the efficiency, accountability and integration of NIAID's HIV/AIDS clinical research networks and enhance their capacity to effectively conduct vital clinical research, especially in resource-limited settings. Specifically, the new clinical research structure will