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Johns Hopkins Researcher Awarded $8.4 Million NIAID Grant to Mitigate HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Taha El Tahir Taha, MD, PhD, a professor in the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, received an $8.4 million, seven-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for HIV and AIDS research in Malawi. 

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to bear a disproportionate burden of the global HIV epidemic, and conducting studies in the most affected areas of the world is critical to the international HIV research agenda. The Johns Hopkins University-Blantyre Clinical Trials Unit (JHU-Blantyre CTU) and its clinical research site (CRS) in Malawi, located in one of the most affected regions of the world, is part of a longstanding collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and institutions in Malawi. The new funding will expand high-impact research collaborations with four NIAID HIV Clinical Research Networks in order to prevent, treat and manage HIV and AIDS in adults and children.

Taha is a physician with extensive training and experience in infectious diseases, community medicine, public health, and demography. His expertise is in the conducting of epidemiologic studies in the area of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, malaria, other tropical diseases, and assessment of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the health of women and children.