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Name of Collaboratory :


BotswanañHarvard AIDS Institute Partnership for HIV Research and Education (BHP)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 1996 End Date : Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 3 2010 5:01pm PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Expert Consultation, Virtual Learning Community  

Domain(s) :

  AIDS research  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


Established in 1996, the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) is a collaborative research and training initiative between the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the Harvard AIDS Initiative.

From discussions in 1996 to the official opening of a new state-of-the-art laboratory building on the 1 December 2001, the BHP has grown into a fully-outfitted research laboratory and training center. The Botswana-Harvard HIV Reference Laboratory houses epidemiologic and laboratory research for such projects as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and the genomic analysis of HIV-1C, the viral sub-type predominant in southern Africa. Research is also conducted on the design and development of an HIV-1C vaccine, and on resistance and adherence to anti-retroviral drugs. In addition, the Reference Laboratory plays a role as a training facility, building and expanding the professional infrastructure in Botswana through training the nation’s future researchers and laboratory technicians.

As well as conducting epidemiologic and laboratory-based research, the BHP is home to the KITSO AIDS Training Program which provides health care professionals in Botswana the opportunity to enrich their HIV and AIDS clinical knowledge and practice. The BHP is also actively involved in collaborations toward the development of an HIV vaccine. As such, vaccine-trial preparedness is underway, developing the infrastructure and community awareness necessary to conduct future, Botswana-based vaccine trials.

The research and training initiatives of the BHP focus on questions of epidemiology, virology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, clinical treatment, and social and behavioral medicine issues relevant to the epidemic in Botswana and southern Africa. The culmination of this research and training will be put into practice to develop interventions appropriate to stemming the epidemic, and its societal and economic effects within those populations most affected by the crisis.

The BHP became an independent limited liability company in 2009.


Access to Instruments :

  It is hard to tell exactly from the available publications and resources, but it seems as if all of the instruments are housed at the laboratory facilities in Botswana, and this is where all of the research takes place.  

Access to Information Resources :

  It is hard to tell exactly from the available publications and resources, but it seems as if all of the instruments are housed at the laboratory facilities in Botswana, and this is where all of the research takes place.  

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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

United States Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Technical Capabilities :

  Key Articles :  

Allen, T. J. (1977). Managing the flow of technology: Technology transfer and the dissemination of technological information within the R&D organization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bair, R. A. (1998). Collaboratories: Building electronic scientific communities. Chemical Sciences Roundtable Workshop: Impact of Advances in Computing and Communications Technologies on Chemical Science and Technology. (pp. 125-140). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Olson, G. M., Teasley, S. D., Bietz, M., & Cogburn, D. (2002). Collaboratories to support distributed science: the example of international HIV/AIDS research. Proceedings of the 2002 annual research conference of the South African institute of computer scientists and information technologists on Enablement through technology. (pp. 44-51). Republic of South Africa: South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists.


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