Education & Assistance

TB Research and Mentorship Program (TB RAMP)
The UCSF TB Research and Mentorship Program (TB RAMP) prepares early-stage investigators from UCSF and UC Berkeley for successful careers in TB research. This research education program promotes and catalyzes collaborations between fellows and faculty across disciplines (infectious diseases, global health, pulmonary medicine, experimental medicine, implementation sciences, systems biology, policy); provides didactic research and methods training; offers individualized team mentoring/career development; and connects fellows with research opportunities.

Sponsor: NIH, NIAID

PIs: Elizabeth Fair, PhD, MPHPayam Nahid, MD, MPH


Curry International Tuberculosis Center (CITC) at UCSF

Since CITC's opening in 1994, the Center has remained true to the pioneering tradition of Francis J. Curry, MD. The Center is recognized as a leader in developing innovations in tuberculosis control and education and consistently seeks new perspectives and approaches for TB training and education. Notable publications include the Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians (3rd edition), a widely recognized resource for DR-TB diagnosis and management.  CITC is designated as a Tuberculosis Center of Excellence (TB COE) for Training, Education, and Medical Consultation through a funded cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CITC serves the Western Region. Dr. Phil Hopewell is a co-founder of the Curry International Tuberculosis Center, and an internationally recognized pulmonologist, renowned for his TB research.  The CITC is supported by UCSF TB faculty and staff, including Dr. Lisa Chen as TB COE PI/Medical Director; Ann Raftery, RN, PHN, MS, as Associate Medical Director; and Kelly Musoke, MPH, as Deputy Director.  Additionally, Jeannie Fong, Mari Griffin, Amelia Alonis, Elisha Couchman and Kay Wallis provide coordination and management of courses, consultations and oversee technical assistance projects. 

Curry International Tuberculosis Center

Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians (3rd edition)

Sponsor: CDC

PI: Lisa Chen, MD, and Philip Hopewell, MD


Training for Research Excellence and Mentorship in Tuberculosis (TRENT)

HIV research training program renewal (Training for Research Excellence and meNtorship in Tuberculosis (TRENT)) will provide multi-disciplinary training to University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) junior scientists in order to strengthen capacity and promote high quality, innovative, and locally relevant HIV/TB research. Building on decades of collaboration in HIV/AIDS-related research and training, this sixth renewal of our AITRP will have clinical research, translational research, and implementation science- specific training tracks, each with its own dedicated faculty. In addition, in this renewal we aim to capacitate local established HIV networks (i.e., the UZ-UCSF Clinical Trials Unit, host to ACTG, HPTN, MTN, and IMPAACT-sponsored trials) through development of a clinical trials specialist- training track. The proposed training program will target pre- and post-doctoral trainees, aiming to augment and strengthen the research training available in multiple departments of UZCHS (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Medical Microbiology, Pediatrics and Child Health, Community Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology) in both the short and long term. Trainee candidates supported by this program will be current UZCHS pre-doctoral students or post-doctoral scholars, many who will have been trained in previous funding cycles by our AITRP or complementary training programs; or individuals currently working within the Ministry of Health or implementing partner providing HIV/TB prevention or treatment services in Zimbabwe. Trainees will undertake dissertation research projects with UZCHS, supplemented by extensive enrichment via UCB and UCSF; or in conjunction with UZCHS partner organizations, Biomedical Research and Training Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Trainees successfully completing their dissertation research projects will be eligible to compete for modest funding for their onward academic projects at the time of junior faculty onboarding within UZ. All trainees will receive training in the ethical issues involved when planning, conducting, and analyzing the results of human research studies. The result of the training program will be an increase in the number of advanced students and faculty in multiple departments of UZCHS conducting high quality HIV/AIDS- and TB-related research that is locally relevant and that contributes to enhanced prevention and treatment programs.

Sponsor: Fogarty International Center

PI: John Z Metcalfe, MD, PhD, MPH


Building Implementation Science Capacity at Makerere University to Strengthen the Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Uganda

Building on existing partnerships between Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), the proposed program goals are to: 1) provide training and mentoring in the field of implementation science to Ugandan scholars 2) establish an ImS training site at Makerere University School of Medicine for Uganda and other institutions in Africa. The specific objectives of this training program are to: 1) strengthen the scientific leadership and expertise needed for implementation science research; 2) strengthen the sustainability of implementation science research at Makerere University by integrating ImS research into on-going capacity building programs; 3) promote collaborations between academic research institutions and faculty in Uganda and those in the US; 4) Strengthen trainee contributions to evidence-based decision making related to HIV prevention, care and treatment services through regular interactions with policy makers and HIV program implementers; 5) optimize training through utilization of additional available resources in Uganda (including projects funded by the NIH, PEPFAR and other international agencies); 6) strengthen research capacity in Uganda by helping trainees to integrate into Ugandan institutions and pursue independently-supported scientific careers; 7) create a Centre of Excellence for ImS at MakCHS to serve as a training site for other institutions in Africa.

Sponsor: Fogarty International Center

PI: Moses R. Kamya, PhD, MPH, MMed and Fred Semitala, MPH, MMed


University of Zimbabwe-UCSF Clincal Trials Unit

This award will support the CTU to continue its third decade of high impact, globally relevant HIV and TB prevention and therapeutic research, aligned with Network scientific objectives, and in support of Zimbabwe Ministry of Health policy goals, and designed to advance progress toward UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets. The CTU will help to develop future research aims and disseminate lessons learned to inform local, regional, and international efforts and best practices aimed at changing the trajectory of the HIV pandemic, and ultimately, result in its control.

Sponsor: NIH, National Insittute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

PI: Zvavahera Chirenje, MD