Research Proposals Requested for Projects on Migration and Health

The Research Programs on Migration and Health (PIMSA for its Spanish acronym) will be accepting research proposals as of December 15 and the first of several deadlines is Jan. 19, 2018.

Research awards will be up to $25,000. PIMSA research priority areas include mental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, women’s health, occupational health, and access to health care.

PIMSA was created in 2002 by key research and funding institutions from the United Stated and Mexico because they recognized the health of Mexican migrant workers was the responsibility of both countries.

This program began as a collaborative effort between the Mexican Secretariat of Health (SSA) and the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT for its Spanish acronym), and the Heath Initiatives of the Americas (HIA), along with other University of California (UC) programs in the U.S.

The objective of PIMSA is to generate comprehensive knowledge in the field of migration and health by funding joing binational research in order to educate and influence key decision-makers to create policies that improve the health and quality of life for immigrants in the U.S. and Mexico.

For more details on PIMSA:

Online application will be available as of Dec. 15 at:

Sandra Baltazar-Martínez

Assistant Professor Brandon Brown Published in Study to Help Improve HIV Research Success

Brandon Brown is a health services researcher and assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities.

Approximately half of all people living with HIV in the US are age 50 and older.  Brandon Brown, an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities in the School of Medicine, is a coauthor on a study published in the journal Medicine that presents perspectives on research topics of relevance to older adults living with HIV.

The 18 participants in the study hail from the Coachella Valley, were at least 55 years old, and self-reported as HIV positive.  In interviews, they stressed the importance of researchers protecting participants’ health information – particularly HIV status.  To many participants the source of the funding for the research was of little concern, pharmaceutical funding being no different than philanthropic funding.  Participants expressed concern about “participant burn-out” resulting from the frequency of participation, the length of contact with researchers, and participating simultaneously in many research studies.  They wanted to see research being done on certain topics of especial concern to them, such as normal aging versus aging with HIV, mental health, neurological symptoms, and quality of life.

“Many older adults with HIV are knowledgeable about the research process and offer valuable insights to us,” Brown said. “Addressing their concerns can facilitate their inclusion in future studies and help improve HIV research success.”

He was joined in the study by colleagues at the University of Southern California; UC Irvine; Eisenhower Medical Center, Calif.; and HIV and Aging Research Project, Palm Springs, Calif.

Iqbal Pittalwala

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