Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Gabriel Chamie, MD, MPH – Universal HIV testing using a “hybrid” approach in East Africa

Dr. Chamie will discuss the effectiveness of a “hybrid” mobile HIV testing approach of multi-disease community health campaigns followed by home-based testing (HBT), to achieve population-wide HIV testing coverage in the SEARCH Trial.

Gabriel Chamie is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF, in the Division of HIV/AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital. His research focuses on community-based HIV and tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis, multi-disease health campaigns, and TB/HIV co-infection in East Africa. He is Chair of the SEARCH Trial working group implementing baseline censuses and population-wide HIV testing in 32 communities of 10,000 persons each in Uganda and Kenya.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

CAPS Methods Core seminar presents Dr. Lance Pollack (10:00am – 11:30am)

Join us for a presentation by Lance Pollack, PhD,  Principal statistician

Issues in Surveys of Sexual Behavior: Problems with the Samples, the Questions, the Answers, and Whether Frisky Really Means Risky

Location: (new) McKusick Conference room #3700. Mission Hall, 3rd floor. 4th Street at 550  16th Street. San Francisco, CA 94158

Abstract:       A recent op-ed piece in the New York Times suggested that respondents to surveys of sexual behavior are not telling the truth and that the resulting data cannot be trusted.  In this presentation I will discuss the reasons why this characterization is both true and false, and the issues an informed reader of scientific periodicals must pay attention to in order to evaluate how much stock to place in the data being presented. I will touch on evaluation of sample selection/population definition, instrumentation, and data inconsistency. Data issues will be illustrated with examples from prior and current studies. I will also present further data on our pursuit of the ever elusive (perhaps mythical) MSM research participant who is truly at risk for transmission of HIV, and the implications of that for evaluation of HIV interventions..

Short bio:      Lance Pollack, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Human Development and Aging from UCSF. He has been at CAPS since the inception of the center 25 years ago, currently holds the title of Principal Statistician, and has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals. Lance is currently doing data management and data analytic work for Marguerita Lightfoot on both the Zimbabwe project and the texting intervention study, Susan Kegeles and Greg Rebchook on both the Mpowerment and TRIP projects, for Emily Arnold on both the Bruthas and Ballroom projects, and for Diane Binson and Bill Woods on their research into bathhouse patron populations and methodological issues in survey research. He is a member of the CAPS Methods Core specializing in survey research methodology, sampling issues, survey instrument development, and quantitative analysis, and a consultant offering Clinical Research Support Services in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

2015 National Transgender Health Summit, April 17-18. Oakland, CA

CAPS is one of the co-sponsors of the 2015 National Transgender Health Summit, a landmark program that presents cutting edge research and evidence base education across many disciplines and is the premiere national conference in transgender health. The two-day summit brings together individuals and organizations both domestically and internationally and includes world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care including Academic Mental Health Track. Other tracks will explore topics in clinical, research and health policy realms.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Sonja Mackenzie PhD: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic

Dr. Sonja Mackenzie will discuss her research program on sexuality, racism and HIV, including her book, Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic (Rutgers University Press, 2013).  The book, based on Mackenzie’s research in the San Francisco Bay Area, finds that structural inequalities (including racism, poverty, gender inequities, sexual stigma and discrimination) are central not just to the dramatic and disproportionate spread of HIV in Black communities, but also to the production of Black sexualities. Structural Intimacies presents the argument that, in an era of deepening medicalization of HIV/AIDS, public health must move beyond individual-level interventions to community-level health equity frames and policy change. In light of these findings, she will discuss her current NIMH K01 research project, a mixed-methods investigation of the cultural and relationship context of HIV among behaviorally bisexual Black men and their female partners.

Sonja Mackenzie is Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program at Santa Clara University, where her scholarship focuses on gender, sexuality and the sociology of HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

CAPS m-Health Working Group Meeting Presents: Edvard Engesæth and Hans Gangeskar — Increasing Access toTruvada for PrEP (11am – 12pm)

Increasing Access to Truvada for PrEP

Edvard Engesæth, MD and Hans Gangeskar, Co-Founders of nurx*

Conference Room 3400, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Nurx is making Truvada for PrEP available via a mobile app, to reach the people who need it the most. Edvard is an MD and has experience with providing healthcare remotely. Hans is a lawyer and engineer and has worked for the Andreessen Horowitz backed startup uBiome. Their presentation will discuss the regulatory and technical challenges to achieve this.

*nurx is the easiest and fastest way to get Truvada for PrEP. Users can request the drug through an app or website. They are presented with questions created by a panel of experts to identify eligibility and for the physician to assess contraindications. One of nurx’s doctors will review the request and issue a prescription if medically justified. After mandatory blood work is done through company partners Labcorp or Theranos, the drug is shipped directly to the user through our partnering pharmacies.

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*What is the mHealth Working Group?*
The mHealth Working Group meets periodically to discuss topics related technology-based research. It’s an informal discussion which seeks to share ideas – but also provides an opportunity for the researchers to identify potential development partners. The group is open to everyone.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

CAPS Policy and Ethics Core Roundtable Discussion: What to Expect from the New Congress: What It Means for HIV (11:am-12:00pm)

Drs. Steve Morin and Judy Auerbach will be discussing the latest news from Washington surrounding the federal budget, research funding, the NIH, and more. Dr. Morin and Auerbach have been crucial to the HIV community’s link to Washington; please join us for an up-to-the-minute report on what events in DC – in Congress and at the NIH, and more – and what it means for you.

Mission Hall, McKusick Conference Room (3rd Floor). 550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Dr. Elvin Geng (12:00 – 1:00 pm)

Dr. Elvin Geng is trained in infectious diseases (MD, Columbia 2002) and epidemiology (MPH, Columbia 2002). His research seeks to apply perspectives from implementation and dissemination sciences to understand the effectiveness of global antiretroviral treatment (ART) programs for HIV-infected patients. Currently, the Global Fund, US President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and national governments have invested billions of dollars for AIDS programs and started five million persons on ART in resource limited settings. Yet the best strategies for engagement in care and treatment with life-long, complicated and potentially toxic medications include many unanswered questions. For patients who present to care, failure to initiate ART is under appreciated and a major barrier that is poorly understood. Once on ART, early mortality – likely to due to ascertained opportunistic infections – is high and the causes incompletely understood. Among patients who stabilize on ART, loss to follow-up is ubiquitous in African ART programs. To address these problems Dr. Geng is involved in a number of studies including (1) assembly of a cohort of HIV-infected patients in southwestern Uganda as part of an NIH funded consortium in East Africa; (2) a nested case control study to identify causes of early mortality in Uganda; (3) extending novel methods into the cohort setting to study engagement in care and (4) and using causal methods to understand longitudinal treatment effects in data collected in these settings.

Dr. Geng hopes to bring clinical contextual knowledge to bear on analysis of data from “real world” settings to improve the effectiveness of global ART implementation, yielding generalizable lessons for science of implementation in health care that may be of use in other settings and other disease conditions.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Lunchtime Presentation: Utilizing Technology to Connect and Collaborate

Do you use social media, web 2.0, or other emerging technologies in your current efforts? Or does the thought of technology completely overwhelm you? Want to learn more about what others are doing within this arena? Join us for a unique opportunity to discuss successes but also an opportunity to mine knowledge and experience to help improve our work as well.

Join us on Wednesday March 18th from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Mission Hall Conference Room 2105 for two engaging presentations which will discuss:

New Media: Utilizing Technology to Connect and Collaborate

  • Kaspar Mosman, PhD, Director of Communications and Marketing at UCSF QB3 will present “Disasters and Triumphs in Social Media/Why You Should Be on Twitter as Yourself
  • Arezu Sarvestani, Social Media Manager for UCSF’s University Relations will present: “The Twitterverse Beckons: Should You Answer?

RSVPs appreciated. Questions?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Art Reingold, MD — Vaccines, Vaccination Policy, and Vaccine Hesitancy (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Through the widespread use of vaccines, many countries have had great success eliminating or controlling infectious diseases that previously were the cause of substantial morbidity and mortality. The near to complete disappearance of several vaccine-preventable diseases has led to complacency in the community (and among some health care providers) which, combined with unwarranted fears concerning the safety of vaccines, has led to growing levels of “vaccine hesitancy” and even outright refusal of some vaccines.  The resulting pockets of susceptibility increase the likelihood of outbreaks and sustained transmission when such infections are introduced by travelers. While balancing the rights of the individual and the rights of the community, how can we assure high levels of vaccination/immunity against vaccine preventable diseases in the U.S. and other wealthy countries?

Art Reingold, MD, is Professor and Head of Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and is the Associate Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health.  Dr. Reingold’s research interests and expertise include prevention of transmission of HIV in developing countries, the intersection of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics, malaria in Uganda, emerging and re-emerging infections in the US and globally, sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus, vaccine-preventable diseases, and respiratory infections in childhood.  Dr. Reingold is a member the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science, and serves on the World Health Organization’s Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), a committee that advises on all key vaccine-related matters.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Film Screening: ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America / Facilitated Discussion (3:00pm-5:00pm)

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, join us at Mission Hall Room 1406 for a screening of the riveting FRONTLINE documentary ENDGAME: AIDS IN BLACK AMERICA which provides an in-depth exploration of one of America’s most urgent and preventable health crises. Following the film a discussion will be facilitated by Lauren Broussard MPH MSW and Byron Mason of the CAPS Domestic Response Core (TIE Core).

Mission Hall – Room 1406, 3:00pm-5:00pm