Principles of STD/HIV Research

Course dates:
Jan 14, 2019 to Apr 07, 2019


Course hours:
12 weeks, 4-7 hours per week


Course Goals

  • Introduce current and future investigators to critical research areas and questions in the field of STD/HIV;
  • Expose investigators to the research techniques and tools needed to conduct scientifically sound studies, including study design, experimental approach, production of instruments for data collection, and methods for data analysis;
  • Introduce trainees to the fundamentals of different disciplines involved in STD/HIV research in order to foster research collaborations; and
  • Discuss strategies for successfully competing for research funds and publishing one’s work.

Topics include:

Essentials of STD/HIV Interdisciplinary Research

  • Bacterial Pathogenesis: An Introduction
  • Biostatistics Essentials for STD/HIV Research
  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • HIV Immunology
  • Viral Pathogenesis

Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Specific Infections

  • Anti-retroviral Therapy
  • Cell Gene Therapy for HIV/AIDS
  • Chlamydia: Epidemiology, Natural History, Clinical Manifestations and Management
  • Chronic Viral Hepatitis: Lessons in Treatment as Prevention
  • HIV & TB Co-Infection: The Twins of Death
  • HPV Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
  • HIV-Associated Cancers: Epidemiology and Pathogenesis
  • M. genitalium
  • Mental Health and HIV
  • Methods for Detection of STIs
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Disease, Pathogenesis and Prevention
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: An Important Cause of Infertility in Women
  • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention
  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
  • Research Issues in Epidemiology and Clinical Aspects of Genital Herpes
  • Research Issues in Vaginitis
  • Syphilis: Clinical Overview
  • Topical Microbicides: Gels, Rings, Films and MPTs
  • Trichomonas vaginalis and Trichomoniasis

Pathogenesis of Specific Infections

  • Biology of Developing an HIV Vaccine
  • Introduction to HSV Pathogenesis
  • HIV Pathogenesis
  • Human Microbiome & HIV/STI Dynamics
  • Human Papillomavirus Pathogenesis
  • Pathogenesis of Genital Tract Disease Due to Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Pathogenesis of Syphilis

Behavioral Research Methods and Research in Special Populations

  • Community-Based Research: Effectively engaging community in your research
  • Design of Questionnaires for STI/HIV Research
  • HIV Prevention and Care in IVDU
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men and the Global HIV Epidemic
  • Racial Disparities in HIV/STI in the United States
  • Sexual Networks and HIV: Opportunities for HIV prevention
  • STD/HIV Research in Adolescent Populations
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of STD Epidemiology and Prevention: Current Challenges
  • Transgender Health and HIV/STD Prevention
  • Using Qualitative Methods in STD/HIV Behavioral Research

Implementation Science & Health Economics

  • Biomedical Prevention for HIV Control: From Research to Reality
  • Integrating Health Economic Analyses into STI/HIV Research
  • HIV Care Continuum
  • HIV Strategy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • HIV Testing Strategies
  • Partner Services for HIV/STD
  • Operations Research & Implementation Science
  • STI Control for HIV Prevention: From Research to Program & Policy

Strategies for Successful and Ethical Research

  • Ethics of Research with Human Subjects
  • Pathways to Success in Clinical Research: The Roles of Protected Time and the Mentor-Mentee Relationship
  • Writing a Successful Grant Application
  • Writing and Publishing Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

*topics subject to change