Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Site Institution
University of Malaya

U.S. Institution
Yale Schools of Public Health and Medicine

U.S. Based Mentor

AlticeFrederick Altice, MD, MA
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Clinical and Community Research; Director, HIV in Prisons Program; Director, Community Health Care Van; Icon Professor of Medicine, University of Malaya-Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA); Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases


Local Mentor

Adeeba Kamarulzaman, MBBS, FRACP
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya


Research Focus
HIV, Tuberculosis and Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment in Criminal Justice and Community Health Settings

Site and Background

Since its establishment in 2007, the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA), University of Malaya, has been the leading center in Malaysia conducting HIV-related research in various fields including epidemiology, social-behavioral, clinical and basic science. This site will provide training opportunity in HIV and related infections. The Centre has ongoing research grants from the NIH, amfAR and The World Bank.

Prof. Rick Altice, Yale University, and Prof Adeeba Kamarulzaman, University of Malaya, have been colleagues since 2007. The team from Yale and UM have established a joint research and training program, that includes the NIH-funded Project HARAPAN. The specific aims of HARAPAN were to develop and evaluate innovative models of care for HIV+ prisoners transitioning from the prison to the community setting.  The outcomes from this study helped to inform the approach in Malaysia and elsewhere about the most effective strategies for improving access to HIV care and health outcomes among HIV+ IDUs and released prisoners.

One of the major ongoing projects jointly conducted by Yale and CERiA is ‘Training in Drug Abuse & HIV Prevention for Female & Transgender Sex Workers’ funded by NIDA. This 5-yr project involves estimating prevalence of HIV and STI among F/TGSW in Malaysia, assess sexual and drug risk behaviors, and determine feasibility of behavioral and biomedical approaches to HIV and substance use prevention.  The study will adapt behavioral and biomedical interventions to address co-occurring sexual and drug risk behaviors among F/TGSW in Malaysia.

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