During the summers of 2002 and 2003, the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Baylor College of Medicine has been pleased to offer the Minority International Research Training (MIRT) program, made possible by a grant from the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The MIRT program is designed to offer research training opportunities to qualified eligible students and faculty to participate in international biomedical and behavioral research programs abroad. The training program increases awareness of international research issues and opportunities, acquaints students with a range of career opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research, and encourages students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in biomedical and behavioral research, especially related to minority health problems. Read more about the MIRT program and philosophy.
In 2002, BIPAI's MIRT students conducted their research at the Romanian American Children's Center in Constanta, Romania. In 2003, we were pleased to provide research opportunities for the MIRT students at the Baylor-Botswana Children's Clinical Center of Excellence in Gaborone, Botswana. These students will came to Baylor for a week-long orientation session, and then spent nine weeks in Gaborone working on their projects. The 2003 Baylor MIRT students and projects are described below:
Wyntrea Laneice Cunningham is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She graduated in in May, 2003, and will begin medical school in 2004. Wyntrea investigated various aspects of Botswana culture in preparation for writing a children's book on HIV/AIDS for Motswana children.
Yenabi Keflemariam is an undergraduate premedical student at the University of Texas at Austin. He will graduate in May, 2004. His research focused on the extent to which an informed consent document is understood by the mothers of children who are involved in an antiretroviral clinical trial.
Jameca Price is an undergraduate premedical student at the University of Oklahoma. She will graduate in December, 2003. Jameca's research involved the assessment of pain in HIV-infected children.
Katrina Willie is a medical student at the Baylor College of Medicine. She will graduate in May, 2004. Her research project investigated factors that determine adherence to prescribed antiretroviral therapy regimens.