Operational since 2000, BIPAI is currently one of 29 AIDS International Training and Research Programs (AITRPs) nationally. The AITRP began in 1988 as one of the first of a new generation of research training programs sponsored by the Fogarty International Center of the United States National Institutes of Health. The primary goal of the AITRP is to build multi-disciplinary biomedical, behavioral and social science research capacity for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and HIV-related conditions for those adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS in collaborating countries. BIPAI AITRP collaborating countries are Botswana, Romania, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The AITRP supports long-term (2-3 years) postdoctoral training in HIV/AIDS research at Baylor College of Medicine for health-professionals from collaborating countries.
Each Romanian or African trainee is asked to declare a principal interest in one of three training tracks:
- operational research
- aboratory-based research
- public health research
Other aspects of training which are key to sustaining a long-term research career (ex. library science, scientific writing and presentation, grant writing, bioinformatics, bioethics, good clinical practice, good lab practice, biosafety, data management, research administration, the management of intellectual property, and English as a second language) are built into all three of these research training tracks.
Short-term Africa-based or United States-based training of health professionals also is conducted. Short-term training supports professionals who might benefit from focused training, usually in pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment or clinical research.
Specific inquiries about Baylor's AITRP can be addressed to Bridgette Naik.