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  • NIH Member Spotlight: Dr. Jack Dehovitz

    Principal Investigator, New York State International Training and Research Program

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    Dr. Jack A. DeHovitz is an infectious disease clinical researcher whose research has focused on studies examining the risk for and natural history of HIV infection. Dr. DeHovitz is a Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center.

    Dr. DeHovitz’s NIH supported research

    Dr. DeHovitz is the principal investigator of the New York State International Training and Research Program, a National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center-funded program that focuses on building HIV and infectious disease research capacity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where HIV incidence has continued to increase. Administered with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, the University at Albany School of Public Health and the New York State Department of Health, the program has provided research and clinical training to more than 7,000 healthcare professionals in eleven countries in the region. Trainees have published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals, successfully competed for research funding, and assumed leading public health positions in their own countries in both academia and government.

    Impact on Patients and Public Health

    UNAIDS estimates that the number of new adult HIV infections decreased or remained static in every region except Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where incidence has increased by 57 percent since 2010. The NYS-ITRP has played a key role in the development of public health training programs in the region including the creation of a school of public health in the Republic of Georgia. Georgian alumni and NYS-ITRP staff helped to facilitate the launch of a nationwide Hepatitis C elimination program to provide screening and treatment to the estimated 250,000 individuals living with hepatitis C.

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