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HIV Implementation Science Resources

The Third Coast CFAR is pleased to announce two new resources for HIV researchers with an interest in Implementation Science. Over the last two years, our Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences core has worked closely with colleagues in the NIDA-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) at Northwestern to develop a series of workshops tailored to faculty engaged in or interested in HIV research. On the Third Coast CFAR website, you will find embedded videos of both the 101 and 201 courses as well PDFs of the slides.

CE-PIM has also been hosting a series of virtual lectures on implementation science as part of the Prevention Science and Methodology Group, which can be found here: 

Please feel free to disseminate this information through your networks.  We look forward to sharing more implementation science resources across CFARs after we host the HIV implementation science workshop at the end of April supported through a CFAR supplement to Third Coast and Johns Hopkins.  We will be discussing the formation of an inter-CFAR working group at the workshop.

HIV & Substance Use Research Seminar

Adriane Wynn will be speaking on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in CRSF 228 a/b.
Dr. Wynn will discuss "Sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy from a global perspective" 

ACTRI Translational Science Symposium: Emerging Issues and Solutions in Infectious Disease

You are invited to the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Translational Science Symposium: “Emerging Issues and Solutions in Infectious Disease,” scheduled from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in the  ACTRI Building. The symposium is free, but there is limited seating and registration is required. Presentations are geared for researchers, but open to campus members and ACTRI partners. Please contact Patti Weiser ( at the ACTRI if you have questions.

The keynote speaker is former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine and former vice chancellor of clinical and translational research at Duke University.

The symposium will also feature mini-presentations by researchers supported by ACTRI and the presentation of the 2018 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award. The event will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the ACTRI building. It is free, but there is limited seating and registration is required
. Presentations are geared for researchers, but open to campus members and ACTRI partners.

Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
Aaron Carlin and Gabriel Wagner, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, are two of the presenters.

Seating is limited. RSVP now:

HIV/AIDS-related HLBS Research Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018; 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST)
Speaker: Christopher Longenecker, MD; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Title: Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Disease among People Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

The first annual HIV Mucosal Systems Meeting (April 29th -May 2nd 2018, Santa Rosa, CA) abstract deadline is this Friday February 23rd by 8pm EST. Please submit abstracts to  The goal of this meeting is to provide a much-needed platform for international interchange on important topics relating to HIV interactions with mucosal systems. Sessions include: an overview session describing HIV relevant mucosal, mucosal innate and adaptive immunology, mucosal epithelial barriers, microbiome, mucous properties, mucosal transmission, interventions, technological advancements in mucosal research, and relevant epidemiology and clinical science aspects in HIV.  

Please limit your abstract body to 300 words, and designate if you are an early career investigator eligible for a scholarship (defined here as in a training position such as graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or within 3 years of Assistant Professor designation). Scholarships will be awarded based on abstract quality and will cover registration and lodging costs for 20+ young investigators. Notifications of abstract disposition and scholarship awards will come on or before March 12th, 2018 via email.

Registration is also now open!! Please visit: 
Room blocks at $139/night are being held until March 29th. As a reminder the registration fee is $300 until 3/29, and $450 thereafter.

Please forward along to anyone who may be interested, and we highly encourage trainees to attend. Please email with any questions or concerns.


Adherence 2018 Conference

The Division of AIDS Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has organized two pre-conference sessions the morning of Friday June 8, 2018 at the Adherence 2018 Conference in Miami, Florida.


Pre-Con 1: Violence and the HIV Care Continuum

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am Eastern Time

Co-Chairs: Teri Senn (NIMH) and Kathy Sikkema (Duke University)


Pre-Con 2: Reducing Intersectional Stigma to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Co-Chairs: Gregory Greenwood (NIMH), Jonathon Rendina (Hunter College) and Janet Turan (University of Alabama, Birmingham)


Sessions will include presentations from investigators conducting state-of-the-science research, followed by moderated discussions focused on gaps in current research knowledge. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and participate in the discussions.

26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course


CFAR AFP-WG Webinars

Nov. 13, 2018 - High sensitivity testing & translational science

High sensitivity testing & translational science

Description: This webinar will review HIV testing technologies, the importance of screening for acute HIV infection in PrEP programs, and the growing data on the impact of PrEP on HIV tests during seroconversion. We will review some of the translational science around PrEP and
HIV testing and discuss some of the remaining implementation science questions on the topic.

Speaker: Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH - Associate Professor, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
Discussant: Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH - Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Past Events

HIV & Substance Use Research Seminar

Dr. Jill Blumenthal will be speaking on Thursday, February 22, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in CRSF 228 a/b.
Dr. Blumenthal will discuss "Pre-explosure prophylaxis and women: a domestic and local perspective." 


CFAR AFP-WG Webinars
Jan. 8, 2018 - PrEP and adolescents – barriers, current work, protocols, consent

Description: This webinar will review the state of PrEP for adolescents including regulatory issues, the ATN pipeline, topics funded under the recent RFP, and existing gaps in the field.

Speaker: Sybil Hosek, PhD - Clinical Psychologist/HIV Researcher, Department of Psychiatry at Stroger Hospital of Cook County 
Discussant: Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH - Associate Professor of Medicine, Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related Research Webinar Series

This is the third installment of the NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research webinar series that serves to highlight state of the art research from experts in the field and provide a platform for disseminating pertinent NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related research announcements.

Join our next webinar that will be held on Monday, March 12th, 2018 from 12pm-1pm (EST) featuring Dr. Jasimuddin Ahamed who will present his work on HIV protease inhibitor-induced cardiovascular disease: role of platelet activation and TGF-?1. There will also be a short Q&A session to discuss upcoming NHLBI HIV/AIDS funding opportunities. To register for the webinar, you can click on the “Click Here to Register” box in the flyer below or click this link: . Once registered, an email with detailed instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent to you directly; you can access the webinar agenda via the webinar access link.

If you would like to present your research or nominate another investigator for one of these webinars, please email Leia Novak (NHLBI HIV/AIDS scientific program manager), at If you would like to join the NHLBI listserv through which these webinar announcements are disseminated, please click this link and click on ‘search public lists’ and enter the following text ‘NHLBI-HIVRESEARCH_FOA-L’ to find the correct listserv and join.


Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A Workshop

This one-and-a-half-day public workshop will discuss infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic, giving particular attention to viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. The workshop will address strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, especially strategies that emphasize empathy, respectful treatment, and patient satisfaction. The speakers will address ways to work efficiently though the existing public health and medical systems. The agenda will be posted on the workshop webpage shortly. 

When: March 12-13, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C. 
WebcastWatch here on the day(s) of the event



Past Webinars

Oct. 2, 2017 - CFAR AFP-WG Webinar: New NIH Funded Research to Advance Oral PrEP Use and Delivery

Description:  This webinar will review current evidence on PrEP use, and then highlight a recent NIH initiative which called for research applications on “Improving the HIV PrEP Cascade” (RFAMH-17-360 and 361). The initiative sought research to help speed PrEP access and uptake, support PrEP medication adherence and care retention, and prioritize key populations and reduce disparities in PrEP use. Research awards newly underway through this initiative will pioneer work in underserved populations, test innovative approaches to improve PrEP care engagement, and address important provider and care-system factors related to PrEP use.

Presenter: Michael Stirratt, PhD - NIMH Division of AIDS Research
Discussant: Dawn Smith, MD - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Annual HIV Research Day

The 2017 CFAR HIV Research Day was held on Wednesday, December 6, in the Great Hall of the International House. More than 100 participants heard a dozen presentations on disparities in HIV prevention, treatment, and care. Check out the agenda  and learn more about this exciting one-day event! Also check the HIV Institute Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.


UC San Diego startup Worldcare Technologies receives award for plans to bring low-cost HIV viral load monitoring to resource-limited countries

The student team, which is advised by Dr. Davey Smith, Co-Director of the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research, has won first place in the National Academy of Engineering's Global Grand Challenges Summit business model competition! Congratulations!!!


The team recently incorporated as Worldcare Technologies, a public benefit corporation. Their goal is to take their advances all the way through clinical trials, manufacturing and distribution to make real-world impacts with the devices/technologies they are designing to monitor the effectiveness of HIV treatment in low-resource areas of the globe.


Kirk Hutchison (BS History ’18) is CEO, Worldcare Technologies. He is shown here with his team, third from the right.


Learn more about UC San Diego Global Ties, the National Academies, and this prestigious award.