Structure & Cores

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) is led by Director Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD and Co-Directors Susan M. Kegeles, PhD and Mallory O. Johnson, PhD.  CAPS is a key program of the AIDS Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.

CAPS includes six cores providing shared services to foster scientific interaction, stimulate innovation, and enhance the quality of research.

  • The Administrative Core provides scientific leadership, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational management with fiscal oversight and administration of personnel and space.
  • The Developmental Core promotes innovative interdisciplinary work, with special focus on international and US ethnic minority research, and the capacity to respond quickly to changes in the epidemic.
  • The Methods Core provides technical support to CAPS researchers in sample size planning, statistical and epidemiological analysis and study design, design and analysis of qualitative research, biomedical and behavioral measurement selection, and data management.
  • The Technology and Information Exchange (Domestic Response) Core applies HIV prevention research to practice and helps integrate community experience into HIV prevention science via information dissemination, technical assistance, and community collaborative research support.
  • The Policy and Ethics Core assures that HIV research at CAPS meets the highest ethical standards, addresses pressing policy questions, and has a high impact on the policy-making process.
  • The Global Response Core provides scientific and administrative support to CAPS scientists, fellows, and graduate students during grant development and implementation of international research.

Last modified: July 1, 2014