The Pediatric Prevention Research Center (PPRC) is located in the Carmen and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM) in Detroit Michigan [http://peds.med.wayne.edu]. WSU SOM is the largest single-campus medical school in the United States and fourth-largest overall. WSU SOM has a strong history of NIH funding with over $63,000,000 from the NIH. The Department of Pediatrics at WSU SOM is active in a wide range of global health initiatives. In 2004, the department developed a new International Health Pathway to encourage and stimulate prevention research at international sites.

Drs. Xiaoming Li (Project Director) and Linda Kaljee (Project Coordinator) are on faculty in the Carmen and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Li is the Director of the Pediatric Prevention Research Center and Dr. Kaljee is an Associate Professor. Dr. Bonita Stanton (Investigator) is the Vice Dean of Research in the WSU School of Medicine.

The mission of the Pediatric Prevention Research Center is to advance the field of health promotion and disease prevention through interdisciplinary research, education, service, and policy advocacy in the areas of HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, substance abuse, and obesity. The PPRC includes 12 full-time core faculty members, seven affiliated faculty members and 37 staff researchers and trainees. The PPRC has a strong record of NIH funding. The 12 core faculty members have participated in over 40 active grants between 2006 and 2011, a majority of which are through NIH funding.

Drs. Li, Kaljee and Stanton have over 20 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS research. They have collaborated together since the early 1990s at which time working through the University of Maryland Baltimore and with NIMH funding developed and evaluated the Focus on Youth adolescent HIV prevention program. Focus on Youth was by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Research Synthesis Project and is included in the CDC Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) project.

Recent and current HIV/AIDS research conducted through faculty at the PPRC include:

  • HIV prevention program assessment, development, adaptation, and evaluation for adolescents and young adults in the United States, the Bahamas, China, Viet Nam, and India;
  • HIV prevention program dissemination research in the Bahamas;
  • HIV and alcohol risk reduction programs for adolescents and young adults in Viet Nam;
  • HIV and alcohol risk reduction structural programs for female sex workers in China;
  • Gender-focused HIV prevention research;
  • Research on social capital and risk behavior among rural-to-urban migrants in China;
  • Needs assessment and multi-level intervention for children and adolescents orphaned by HIV/AIDS in central China;
  • Assessment research on HIV risk for MSM in China;
  • Medication adherence and motivational interviewing interventions for adolescents and young adults living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Thailand.