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Output from the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network international postdoctoral fellowship for capacity building in HIV clinical trials

Authors Mbuagbaw L, Slogrove AL, Sas J, Lengwe Kunda J, Morfaw F, Mukonzo JK, Cao W, Ngomba-Kadima G, Zunza M, Ongolo-Zogo P, Nana PN, Cockcroft A, Andersson N, Sewankambo N, Cotton MF, Li T, Young T, Singer J, Routy JP, Ross CJD, Thin K, Thabane L, Anis AH

Received 27 August 2017

Accepted for publication 21 March 2018

Published 16 August 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 151—155


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Bassel Sawaya

Lawrence Mbuagbaw,1–3 Amy L Slogrove,4,5 Jacqueline Sas,6 John Lengwe Kunda,7 Frederick Morfaw,8 Jackson K Mukonzo,9 Wei Cao,10–12 Gisele Ngomba-Kadima,13 Moleen Zunza,14,15 Pierre Ongolo-Zogo,3 Philip N Nana,8 Anne Cockcroft,16,17 Neil Andersson,16,18,19 Nelson Sewankambo,9 Mark F Cotton,4 Taisheng Li,12 Taryn Young,14 Joel Singer,5,6 Jean-Pierre Routy,6,10,11,20 Colin JD Ross,21 Kyaw Thin,22 Lehana Thabane,1,2,6,23–25 Aslam H Anis5,6

1Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University, 2Biostatistics Unit, Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada; 3Centre for Development of Best Practices in Health, Yaoundé Central Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon; 4Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Family Clinical Research Unit (FAM-CRU), Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa; 5UBC School of Population and Public Health, Vancouver, BC, 6CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network, UBC, Canada; 7Community Information and Epidemiological Technologies (CIET), Lusaka, Zambia; 8Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicines and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé, Cameroon; 9School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda; 10Chronic Viral Illness Service, McGill University Health Centre, 11Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada; 12Department of Infectious Diseases, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China; 13Queen Mamahato Memorial Hospital, Maseru, Lesotho; 14Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa; 15Research Institute, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada; 16Community Information and Epidemiological Technologies (CIET) Trust Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana; 17Community Information and Epidemiological Technologies – Participatory Research at McGill (CIET-PRAM), Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, 18Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales, Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Chilpancingo, Mexico; 19Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; 20Division of Hematology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada; 21Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; 22Research Coordination Unit, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Maseru, Lesotho; 23Departments of Paediatrics and Anaesthesia, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; 24Centre for Evaluation of Medicine, St Joseph’s Healthcare—Hamilton, ON, Canada; 25Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Abstract: As a response to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic and part of ­Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s mandate to support international health research capacity building, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Canadian HIV Trial Network (CTN) developed an international postdoctoral fellowship award under the CTN’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program to support and train young HIV researchers in resource-limited settings. Since 2010, the fellowship has been awarded to eight fellows in Cameroon, China, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. These fellows have conducted research on a wide variety of topics and have built a strong network of collaboration and scientific productivity, with 40 peer-reviewed publications produced by six fellows during their fellowships. They delivered two workshops at international conferences and have continued to secure funding for their research, using the fellowship as a stepping stone. The CTN has been successful in building local HIV research capacity and forming a strong network of like-minded junior low- and middle-income country researchers with high levels of research productivity. They have developed into mentors, supervisors and faculty members, who, in turn, build local capacity. The sustainability of this international fellowship award relies on the recognition of its strengths and the involvement of other stakeholders for additional resources.

Keywords: CTN, postdoctoral fellowship, capacity building, clinical trials, networking

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