The V-BRCH Project: Strengthening HIV Research Capacity in Nigeria through Intensive Workshops in Implementation Science and Grant Writing

Kevin M. Gibas Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee;
Department of Epidemiology & Infection Prevention, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island;

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Aima A. Ahonkhai Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee;

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Alexander Huang Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Nashville, Tennessee;

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Chelsea van Wyk Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Nashville, Tennessee;

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Fatimah I. Tsiga-Ahmed Department of Medicine, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Baba M. Musa Department of Medicine, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Mahmoud U. Sani Department of Medicine, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Carolyn M. Audet Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Nashville, Tennessee;

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C. William Wester Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Nashville, Tennessee;

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ABSTRACT.

As persons with HIV live longer as the result of antiretroviral therapy, morbidity from HIV-associated noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing. The Vanderbilt–Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV and Noncommunicable Diseases program is a training platform created with the goal of training a cohort of successful Nigerian investigators to become leaders in HIV-associated NCD research. We describe survey findings from two week-long workshops in Kano, Nigeria, where trainees received instruction in implementation science and grant writing. Surveys assessed participants’ self-perceived knowledge and confidence in topics taught during these workshops. Thirty-seven participants (all assistant professors) attended the implementation science workshop; 30 attended the grant-writing workshop. Response rates for the implementation science workshop were 89.2% for the preworkshop survey and 91.9% for the postworkshop survey. For the grant-writing workshop, these values were 88.2% and 85.3%, respectively. Improvement in participant knowledge and confidence was observed in every domain measured for both workshops. On average, a 101.4% increase in knowledge and a 118.0% increase in confidence was observed across measured domains among participants in the implementation science workshop. For the grant-writing workshop, there was a 68.8% increase in knowledge and a 70.3% increase in confidence observed. Participants rated the workshops and instructors as effective for both workshops. These workshops improved participants’ knowledge and competence in implementation science and grant writing, and provide a model for training programs that aim to provide physician scientists with the skills needed to compete for independent funding, conduct locally relevant research, and disseminate research findings.

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Financial support: This work was supported by the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the NIH (grant no. D43TW011544). K.M. Gibas received a training grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (grant no. T32HS026122).

Disclosure: The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official position of the NIH.

Authors’ addresses: Kevin M. Gibas, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and Department of Epidemiology & Infection Prevention, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, E-mail: kgibas@lifespan.org. Aima A. Ahonkhai, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, E-mail: aahonkhai@mgh.harvard.edu. Alexander Huang, Chelsea van Wyk, Carolyn M. Audet, C. William Wester, and Muktar Aliyu, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Nashville, TN, E-mails: alexander.r.huang@vanderbilt.edu, chelsea.vanwyk@vumc.org, carolyn.audet@vumc.org, william.wester@vumc.org, and muktar.aliyu@vumc.org. Fatimah I. Tsiga-Ahmed, Department of Community Medicine, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, E-mail: fitsiga.cmed@buk.edu.ng. Baba M. Musa and Mahmoud U. Sani, Department of Medicine, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, E-mails: babamaiyaki2000@yahoo.co.uk and sanimahmoud@yahoo.com.

Address correspondence to Kevin M. Gibas, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903. E-mail: kgibas@lifespan.org
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