HPTN Scholars Program

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is proud to offer a scholarship program for early-career U.S. minority investigators funded through a supplement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research. Successful applicants will be Investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, PhD, etc.) and want to work with a mentor scientist in the Network to complete a research project based upon an existing HPTN research study.

The HPTN Scholars Program seeks to provide scholar recipients with the knowledge, skills and abilities to further their careers as independent investigators in the HIV prevention research field. Scholars will:

  • Develop a research project using data from a completed or ongoing HPTN HIV prevention study and complete their scholarship project within the program cycle
  • Present the findings of their project at a scientific meeting and submit a manuscript at the end of the scholarship cycle
  • Acquire knowledge of HPTN research, providing an opportunity to continue in the HPTN after the scholarship as members of a protocol team or by proposing new science

Scholars are provided funding to cover a portion of their time (typically ~ 25%) and expenses including travel to two HPTN annual meetings, one other professional or scientific meeting, a mid-year skills building workshop, as well as materials and supplies. Successful applicants will be funded for 18 months, subject to certain restrictions.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement for Cohort 6 cycle is expected August 2015 (funding period will be 18 months beginining June 2016).

If you have questions or need more information contact Erica Hamilton at Ehamilton@fhi360.org.

HPTN Scholars with Tom Fleming

2013-2014 HPTN Scholars in Seattle with Dr. Tom Fleming (center): DeMarc Hickson, Grace (Chela) Hall, Tandrea Carter, Larissa Jennings, Brooke Montgomery, Malika Roman Isler.  Absent: Jennifer Stewart

HPTN Scholars and Mentors

Cohort 4 and Mentors

Tandrea Carter - Carol Golin
Grace "Chela" Hall - Beryl Koblin
DeMarc Hickson - Ken Mayer
Malika Roman Isler - Carol Golin
Larissa Jennings - Anne Rompalo
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Jennifer Stewart - Ada Adimora

Cohort 3 and Mentors
C. Andres Bedoya - Ken Mayer and Steve Safren
Oni Blackstock - Sharon Mannheimer
Grace "Chela" Hall - Beryl Koblin
Sophia Hussen - Carlos del Rio and Robert Stephenson
Malika Roman Isler - Carol Golin
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Chevette Williams - David Metzger

Cohort 2 and Mentors

Russell Brewer - Darrell Wheeler
Yvonne Carter - Ada Adimora
Risha Irvin - Susan Buchbinder
LaRon Nelson - Ken Mayer
Typhanye Penniman Dyer - Steven Shoptaw

Cohort 1 and Mentors

Russell Brewer - Darrell Wheeler
Yvonne Carter - Ada Adimora
Risha Irvin - Susan Buchbinder
LaRon Nelson - Ken Mayer
Typhanye Penniman Dyer - Steven Shoptaw
Zandretta Tims-Cook - Carlos del Rio and Paula Frew

Scholar Activities, Publications and Posters

Scholar
(Mentors)

Project
 
Product
HPTN Study

Risha Irvin

(Susan Buchbinder)

A Study of Perceived Discrimination in Black MSM and its Association with Healthcare Utilization and HIV Testing

  Poster Presentation
at AIDS 2012
HPTN 061

Chevette Williams

(David Metzger)

Racial disparities and associated risk behaviors among HIV uninfected injection drug users and members of their risk networks (abstract)

  Manuscript
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013;63(Suppl 1):S90-4.
HPTN 037

Sophia Hussen

(Carlos del Rio and Robert Stephenson)

A Qualitative Analysis of HIV Testing Patterns among Black Men who have Sex with Men in Atlanta, GA, USA

HIV Testing Patterns among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Qualitative Typology

 

Oral Poster Presentation at IAS 2013

Manuscript published PLoS One. 2013;8(9):e75382.

HPTN 061

Malika Roman Isler

(Carol Golin)

Venues for Meeting Sex Partners and Partner HIV Risk Characteristics: HPTN064 Women's HIV SeroIncidence Study (ISIS)

  Poster Presentation
at IAS 2013
HPTN 064

Brooke Montgomery

(Sally Hodder)

Prevalence and HIV Risk-Related Correlates of Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Violence among Women at Risk for HIV in the United States: Data from HPTN 064 (ISIS)

  Poster Presentation
at IAS 2013
HPTN 064

Russell Brewer

(Ken Mayer & Manya Magnus)

High prevalence of incarceration history among Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the US: Associations and Implications

Exploring the relationship between incarceration and HIV among Black men who have sex with men in the United States (abstract)

 

Poster Presentation at AIDS 2012 and
Manuscript in press with Am J Public Health

Manuscript published by J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr (Epub ahead of print).

HPTN 061
Typhanye Penniman Dyer
(Steven Shoptaw)

Differences in substance use, psychosocial characteristics and sexual risk behavior between Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in 6 US Cities

 

Poster Presentation at AIDS 2012

 

HPTN 061
  Differences in Substance Use, Psychosocial Characteristics and HIV-Related Sexual Risk Behavior Between Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in Six US Cities. (abstract)   Manuscript published by J Urban Health (Epub ahead of print).