The International Core has been a key element of the UAB CFAR since 1997, focused on programs and projects in Zambia through the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). The mission of the Core is to initiate, facilitate and enhance international AIDS related research activities at UAB. The International Core utilizes the resources of the central CFAR Administrative offices at UAB for coordinating activities with the Core Director, now housed in Zambia full time. In Zambia, the activities are coordinated through the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), a nongovernmental organization affiliated with UAB with extensive infrastructure for support of studies and activities.
- Providing scientific leadership and direction for UAB AIDS-related international projects and programs.
- Providing technical assistance, training, and professional staff development through mentoring programs to ensure the success of CFAR-supported international research programs.
- Coordinating training experiences for students, residents, and fellows interested in working on Core supported programs and projects.
- Provides logistic support to students, fellows, faculty and international research projects.
The core leadership provides education/training and professional staff development to ensure the success of CFAR-supported international research programs. Such training co-partners with the CFAR's US-based cores and includes: research ethics, good clinical practices (GCP) and quality assurance, research coordination, and host country regulatory capacity and support.
The core seeks to recruit students, residents, and fellows interested in international HIV research programs. Core leadership advises recruits on the appropriate contacts given their research interest and helps coordinate assignments for ongoing research projects. The core also works to develop fellowship programs for domestically trained MD’s graduate and post graduate students that provide field experience with HIV research projects, some of which are coordinated with Fogarty supported programs.
Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship Program through CIDRZ. In 2004, CIDRZ, in partnership with UAB, was selected as a training site for the inaugural year of the NIH-sponsored FIC/Ellison Medical Foundation’s Overseas Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research. CIDRZ was selected as a fellowship site because of its involvement in the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and its ongoing participation in other NIH-funded research. The fellowship provides Zambian and American graduate-level students the opportunity to participate in a one-year training program in clinical research. The program begins with a one-month intensive training program at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland and is followed by 10 months of intensive clinical research training in Zambia.