The D43 HIV-Malignancies grant is a Research training programme designed to run for five years. The National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2014 awarded the D43 grant to Northwestern University, Chicago, USA alongside the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) as a sub-recipient. The project is titled Northwestern and Jos University Research Training Programme in HIV Malignancies and is being headed by two Principal Investigators: Prof Robert L. Murphy of Northwestern University and Prof. Atiene S. Sagay of JUTH.
The main objective of the grant is to establish a Cancer Registry of Plateau State and provide a comprehensive database of various cancer cases. It is also aimed at advancing training of HIV clinician-investigators capable of performing translational research on the pathogenesis, epidemiology, and prevention of AIDS-defining malignancies; Initiate training of oncology clinician-investigators capable of performing clinical trial research on novel interventions for the treatment and prevention of AIDS-defining malignancies; Develop training of pathology and virology scientists to perform research on oncogenic mechanisms and pathogenesis and create a multidisciplinary research team capable of performing advanced in-country research on AIDS-defining malignancies in Jos.