Sustained Training

Mentored Research Activities at the Home Institution

As part of the application process, scholars will submit a plan for mentored research experiences at their home institution pertinent to the study of HIV/Aging. These research activities should build on existing studies at the home institution and may involve participation in outreach and recruitment, data collection (testing of research subjects, conduction of specific experiments in the laboratory), statistical analyses of existing data, etc. It is expected that these research experiences will result in at least one scientific presentation and one manuscript submission by the end of the second year.

In order to stay engaged with the STAHR program and to facilitate communication, different forms of distance learning and mentoring will be provided. Scholars and their Core mentors (from UCSD and home institutions) will continue communication throughout the year via monthly “check-in sessions” through video and teleconferencing to check on the progress of their research activities, manuscript development and grant applications, as well as overall career development. There will also be quarterly videoconference sessions separately for each cohort year, in which the group of scholars of a given year will meet with the UCSD faculty mentoring the group research projects and the STAHR Steering Committee to track and promote progress of the group research projects.

Scholars will have access to year-round remote seminars and meetings pertinent to HIV/Aging research by leveraging resources and infrastructure available at the UCSD HNRP and the Stein Institute. The HNRP and the Stein Institute also have other standing seminars and journal clubs such as the weekly Research Review Cooperative, Neuropsychology Journal Club, Stein Weekly Research meeting, Geriatrics Rounds, etc., which are available via phone or videoconference. STAHR scholars will also receive funding to take online courses all years of their participation in the program. While this is not a required component of the program we anticipate that it will be of benefit to most scholars as they are developing skills to conduct high caliber research in a new area for them.

We will develop online seminars that will enhance in-person training offered via the STAHR Workshop and Summer Institute following a hybrid model of education, which includes both face-to-face and online didactic components.