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Sustained Training in Aging & HIV Research (STAHR)

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STAHR is an NIMH-funded collaborative state-of-the-art research training program that aims to be at the forefront of mental health research in HIV and Aging. This program builds on the infrastructure and expertise available at two major research programs at the University of California, San Diego - the Stein Institute for Research on Aging and the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program. It targets clinical and translational post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty from across the country, with previous training in either aging or HIV research, but interest in gaining expertise in the intersection of these two factors. Four new scholars are selected every year. By combining the unique strengths of these research programs with existing national expertise in HIV and aging research, STAHR helps transform promising junior scientists into high-quality independently funded researchers. They gain knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and disseminate HIV and aging and mental health research and make lasting contributions to that field. This program consists of different components catered to the different cohort years.

The scholars attend a 4-week summer research institute during their first year and an annual 3-day workshop. There is additional didactic training in publication strategies, grantsmanship, professional development, community engagement, ethics, biostatistics, and bioinformatics. Distance learning includes on-line seminars on topics such as team science, funding mechanisms, and cultural competence, which augment face-to-face training. Other features include active involvement of community stakeholders, group projects, and research on training. There is a rigorous evaluation of the scholars' career progress both in the short and long term and of the mentoring relationship.

STAHR scholars have access to a multidisciplinary and diverse network of senior and junior investigators in HIV and aging mental health research, which comprised primarily of UCSD mentors and also includes investigators from other institutions. This mentoring network includes scientists currently conducting research at the intersection of HIV/Aging, as well as scientists with expertise in either HIV or aging research and with a strong interest in developing research programs at the intersection of these two factors. They span various areas of expertise, including psychiatry, neuropsychology, neurology, neuroscience, and neuroimaging, and have a clinical and translational background. Scholars get two Core mentors: a primary mentor at their home institution and a Core UCSD mentor. Other mentors may serve a secondary role and can be added to the mentoring team as needed drawing from the STAHR mentoring network. This network serves as a standing resource for scholars (who could join the mentoring network once they transition to research independence).

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, San Diego (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Aging, Chronic Disease & Health
Mental Health

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

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