Infectious Diseases - T32 Training Program

T32 Training Program in the Division of Infectious Diseases:
HIV and Other Infectious Consequences of Substance Abuse

Principal Investigator: Timothy P. Flanigan, MD

This training program is available to postdoctoral fellows interested in multi-disciplinary training in clinical research in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV and other infectious aspects of substance abuse.

This research training intends to help prepare the next generation of MD and PhD scientists to bridge gaps between bio-medical, behavioral and public health disciplines to advance knowledge regarding how best to reduce disease burden among substance abusers. Co-infection with HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, HTLV2, and TB is the rule rather than the exception in active substance users. Substance abusers also face a disproportionate burden from mental illness. This training program brings together the multiple strengths of clinical research from an institution that has a robust track record of training junior faculty members to become independent clinical investigators in the area of HIV and substance abuse.

The current training program has active and on-going support from the following departments: Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology. There is access to expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, and interventional clinical research through the following programs of excellence: 1) The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), 2) Brown Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS), 3) The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, 4) the Lifespan Substance Abuse Treatment Unit based at Rhode Island Hospital, 5) Brown Center for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine, and 6) Brown Center for Statistical Studies.

The Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals comprise the main teaching sites affiliated with Brown Medical School (Lifespan Academic Medical Center). Both hospitals as well as the university campus provide a wide range of facilities for trainees that aid greatly in the development of their training plans. These resources are well suited to enhance the aims of this program. Affiliation with the Brown academic community and Lifespan academic medical center makes available to all trainees an exceptionally rich pool of resources shared by other researchers and scholars.

A trainee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Eligible doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., and Psy.D. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of training is required.

Appointments are made in 12-month increments and trainees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program. Within the 40 hour per week training period, research trainees who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience.

There is a capped stipend as well as funds for research related activities associated with this fellowship.

Service Payback Provisions

Postdoctoral trainees in the first 12 months of postdoctoral NRSA support must sign the payback agreement form before initiating an appointment. Postdoctoral trainees in their first 12 months of support will incur a period of service payback obligation equal to the period of support.

Postdoctoral trainees in the 13th and subsequent months of NRSA postdoctoral support are not required to sign the payback agreement form and will not incur a service payback obligation for this period of support. In addition, the 13th and subsequent months of postdoctoral NRSA support are considered acceptable payback service for prior postdoctoral support. For example, postdoctoral trainees who continue under that award for 2 years have fulfilled the obligation incurred during the first 12 months of support by the end of the second year.

A rolling admission timeline is used for this fellowship.

For more information and to request an application, please contact:

Lauri Bazerman
Sr. Project Director
Division of Infectious Diseases
The Miriam Hospital
164 Summit Ave.
Providence, RI 02906

Patient Services

Members of the Department of Medicine provide both Primary Care Clinical services and Subspecialty Clinical services. Locations include community-based private physician offices, Foundation-owned group practices and the hospitals listed below.

Rhode Island Hospital, a large academic medical center.

The Miriam Hospital, a community based teaching hospital.

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a community based teaching hospital.

Women & Infants Hospital of RI, the 10th largest OB/GYN hospital in the U.S.

Providence VA Medical Center, serving a unique patient population & spectrum of illness.