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NYS-ITRP Connections

Welcome to NYS-ITRP Connections, the official newsletter of the New York State International Training and Research program! NYS-ITRP is a multi-institutional, multi-national collaborative effort sponsored by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that trains research professionals and builds research capacity in HIV and related diseases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 


Building on twenty-four years of experience in the region, NYS-ITRP’s goal is to train the next generation of research scientists to confront the challenges of HIV disease in Former Soviet Union states. NYS-ITRP is cooperatively administered by the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center (SUNY-DMC) STAR Program http://www.starprogram.nyc/, the State University of New York School of Public Health at Albany (SUNY-SPH) and the New York State Department of Health.


This edition features highlights on what’s new in our target countries of Ukraine and Kazakhstan; video interviews with our current students and faculty;interviews with our featured alumni student, Yulia Sereda, and an update on trainee publications.


  * Picture NYS-ITRP trip to Georgia  


Training Areas

  • Epidemiology

  • Biostatistics

  • Behavioral Interventions

  • Implementation

Topic Areas:

  • HIV Prevention and Treatment

  • HIV Related Comorbidities

  • Viral Hepatitis

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

Our current target countries are:

  • Kazakhstan

  • Ukraine

Ukraine Alumni Trainees Meet in Kyiv, September 2019

NYS-ITRP’s David Odegaard (center) meets with some of our Ukrainian alumni trainees in September 2019, including (left to right), Alyona Shost, Daryna Kutuzova, Tetyana Salyuk, Ganna Momotyuk, Alyona Mazhnaya, Amy Allen (SUNY DHSU student and Fulbright Scholar), Tetiana Kiriazova.

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Our Mission


The training for each of the applicants will be tailored according to his/her interests within the parameters of the program. It is our aim that each applicant, upon returning to his/her home institution, will create his/her own research program, develop and implement epidemiologic/laboratory studies, spearhead improvements in diagnostics, and/or enhance existing and implement new public health programs focused on HIV prevention and management. Once a fellow returns to his/her home country, he/she is also eligible for advanced research support from the Fogarty International Center and will continue to be supported by the NYS-ITRP.

Success Stories

Lenore J Gensburg

Assistant Professor, Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Liudmyla Legkostup

Certificate Student, Ukraine

Guthrie S  Birkhead, MD. MPH.  Professor Emeritus