Global Response Core

CAPS has a significant international focus, with more than half of CAPS scientists and approximately 80% of fellows now having major research programs outside the US. To ensure quality and relevance of this research, the CAPS Global Response Core’s primary strategy has been to provide scientific and administrative support to CAPS scientists, fellows, and graduate students during grant development and implementation.


Our directors (Drs. Rutherford and Mandel) and regional research directors (Dr. Lindan for Asia; Dr. McFarland for Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia; Dr. Page for Latin America and the Caribbean) are available for consultations during grant concept development and implementation. Dr. Mandel and Ms. Sehgal have extensive experience in administering international research, including budgetary development, financing, accounting, transportation, hiring overseas personnel, and human subjects approval processes. Contact Ritu Sehgal to set up a consultation.

Presentations & Workshops

  • Visiting international colleagues and collaborators to the general CAPS community make presentations.
  • We plan a series of internationally focused workshops on topics such as conducting human research in international settings and best practices for international subcontracts, budget development and management, and hiring overseas personnel.


The Global Response Core has produced several special issues in leading journals.

Research & Training

  • I-TAPS. Our successful model of research training in AIDS prevention research for developing-world scientists strategically selects trainees geographically and thematically.
  • Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on HIV Infection and AIDS. We update our registry of HIV/AIDS intervention trials and conduct searches of key AIDS specialty journals and conference proceedings. We also access randomized clinical trials from a variety of databases (e.g., IndMED, which indexes 70 Indian journals not found on Medline). We provide a compendium of best practices that combines Cochrane systematic reviews with detailed bibliographies on promising interventions.

International Collaborations

CAPS scientists are working extensively with many developing-world institutions:


  • PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)
  • World Bank
  • CDC-GAP field stations in Bangkok, Hanoi, Kampala, Nairobi, Pretoria, Guatemala, and Brasília

Latin America

  • Centro do Estudos de AIDS/DST do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Fundacão Pro-Sangue Hemocentro de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil
  • The Population Council, São Paulo branch, Brazil
  • Secretary of Health, State of Bahia, Salvador-Bahia, Brazil
  • Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
  • Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru
  • Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion, Lima, Peru
  • University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • University of Zimbabwe
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ifakara Health Research & Development Center, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Center for Disease Control, Kampala, Uganda
  • Ministry of Health, Uganda


  • Sion Hospital, Mumbai, India
  • Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, India
  • TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
  • Provincial AIDS Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Dermato-Venerology Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Health Services, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  • National AIDS Control Program, China
  • Beijing Municipal Center for Disease Prevention & Control, Beijing, China
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention
  • National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology & STDs, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Minisry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Eastern Europe

  • Andrija Stampar School of Public Health and the University Hospital for Infectious Disease, Zagreb University, Zagreb, Croatia
  • University Hospital for Infectious Disease, Zagreb, Croatia
  • UNESCO National Program for HIV/AIDS and School Health, Kazakhstan

If you are interested in collaborating with CAPS, please contact CAPS International Program Co-Director Jeff Mandel.

Core staff

Director: George W. Rutherford, MD
Co-Director: Jeffrey S. Mandel, PhD, MPH
Regional Coordinators: Christina Lindan, MD, MSc (Asia); Kimberly Page, PhD, MPH (Latin America & the Caribbean); William McFarland, MD, MPH, PhD (Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia)
Program Manager: Ritu Sehgal, MS
Project Coordinator, Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on HIV/AIDS: Gail E. Kennedy, MPH

Last modified: September 19, 2012