The International Centers for Excellence in Research (ICER) program was launched in 2002 by the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) to develop and sustain research programs in resource-poor countries through partnerships with local scientists. NIAID has developed core programs at the ICER sites—currently located in Mali, Uganda, and India—and, over time, has facilitated the expansion of research capacity by training young scientists, improving laboratory and clinical infrastructure, and enhancing information technology capabilities.
The ICER program builds on experience gained from NIAID’s long-standing malaria research collaboration with scientists in Mali. Today, the Mali ICER includes the Malaria Training and Research Center; the Entomology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry of the University of Bamako; and the Centre de Recherche et Formation.
Malian researchers collaborate with NIAID scientists on several ongoing programs, including studies on mosquito vectors, malaria drug resistance, and candidate malaria vaccines; research on neglected tropical diseases such as filariasis and leishmaniasis; and immunologic and microbiologic studies of patients co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis. NIAID scientists also have initiated studies in Mali focusing on relapsing fever and Lassa fever.
The ICER site in Uganda, which includes a field laboratory in the Rakai district and facilities at Makerere University in Kampala and the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, conducts clinical research on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as hepatitis B. The ICER site in India, located at the Tuberculosis Research Centre in Chennai, conducts collaborative studies on filariasis and, more recently, on tuberculosis-filarial and HIV-filarial co-infections.
In addition to its ICER sites, DIR has collaborative research programs underway at several international sites, including the following:
Last Updated August 12, 2010
Last Reviewed August 12, 2010