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IMPAACT Early Career Investigator Mentored Research

IMPAACT Early Career Investigator Mentored Research

The IMPAACT Early Career Investigator Mentored Research program aims to support the development of early career investigators to enter the field of maternal/child HIV research and advance the mission of the IMPAACT Network. In coordination with mentors, early career investigators are invited to propose a project that takes advantage of data and/or samples generated by the IMPAACT Network.

An early career investigator is someone who is within 10 years of completion of training (from terminal degree or residency training) and is currently an Instructor/Lecturer, Assistant Professor or equivalent at their institution. For this award, IMPAACT aims to fund early career clinician-investigators who engage in participant-oriented research.

Early career investigators are provided funding to cover a portion of their time and expenses including travel and research materials/supplies. Successful applicants will be funded for 24 months, subject to certain restrictions.

*Applications are now closed. Please check back for the 2016 deadline at a later date*

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Recipients!


David Bearden, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Bearden’s project is entitled, “Biomarkers of Immune Activation and Cognitive Impairment in Children with HIV.” He will work with mentors Steven Douglas, MD; Greg Bisson, MD, MSCE; Dennis Kolson, MD, PhD; and Sarah Ratcliffe, PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.


Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP
Drexel College of Medicine

Dr. Momplaisir’s project is entitled, “Effects of Perinatal Depressive Symptoms on Maternal Antiretroviral Adherence, HIV Viral Suppression and Infant Outcomes.” She will work with mentors David Bennett, PhD, at Drexel University College of Medicine; Allison Agwu, MD, ScM, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Kathleen Brady, MD, at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


Anne M. Neilan, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Neilan’s project is entitled, “HIV-infected adolescents and viral dynamics: individual and population impact.” She will work with mentors Andrea Ciaranello, MD, MPH, at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Kenneth Freedberg, MD, MSc, at Harvard Medical School.











Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Mental Health of the US National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.