Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents Dr. Valerie Jenness: Feminization of Trans Women in Prisons for Men: How An Alpha Male Total Institution Shapes Gender

Valerie Jenness is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the links between deviance and social control, the politics of crime control, social movements and social change, and transformations in corrections and public policy. She is the author of four books, including, most recently, Appealing to Justice: Prisoners, Grievances, and the Carceral Logic in the Post-Civil Rights Era (with Kitty Calavita, University of California Press, 2015) and many articles published in sociology, law, and criminology journals. Her work has been honored with awards from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Pacific Sociological Association, the Law and Society Association, the Western Society of Criminology, University of California, and Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.

Her studies of sexual assault in prisons, the management of prisoners with mental health concerns, transgender prisoners, and the inmate appeals system in prison have broken new ground and informed public policy. In addition, she has served on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Strike Team to assist with the implementation of legislation designed to provide rehabilitation services to tens of thousands of California prisoners (AB 900). More recently, she has worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to develop and implement innovative policy related to the management and care of transgender prisoners.

12:00pm-1:00pm. 2nd Floor – Room 2700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

CAPS eHealth Town Hall presents Fiona Smythe: Applications of Mobile Pharmacy Technology in HIV Research

Fiona will discuss how texting and mobile apps are being used at pharmacies across the country to help patients with chronic disease stay adherent to their medications. She will provide a brief demonstration of the mscripts mobile application, and then discuss the potential uses of mobile technology to reach out to and better understand targeted populations, such as patients with HIV. She will present research on medication adherence in an HIV population, conducted with Avella Specialty Pharmacy, as well as more recent data from texting outreach programs. We’ll save time at the end of the meeting to discuss potential opportunities for research using mobile pharmacy technology.

About mscripts: mscripts helps pharmacy patients manage their medications and adherence through an easy-to-use mobile and web health management platform. Pharmacies provide their patients with white-labeled versions of mscripts’ mobile applications, websites, and 2-way interactive SMS messaging, enabling them to refill, receive reminders to fill and take medications, and receive information related to their prescriptions. mscripts improves adherence by providing reminders, education, health information, and cost savings, and applying advanced analytics to better understand patient behavior. The mscripts’ platform serves millions of patients at national, regional and specialty pharmacies along with hospital out-patient systems. More information is available at

12:00pm-1:00pm. 3rd Floor – Room 3500, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

Monday, March 28th, 2016

2016 Annual CFAR Scientific Symposium: “Advancements and Challenges in PrEP”

UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research
Annual Scientific Symposium:
“Advancements and Challenges in PrEP”

Register here:

8:00AM-4:30pm. Mission Bay Conference Center, Roberston Auditorium, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents Sebastian Kevany – Global Health Diplomacy: New Roles for the 21st Century

Diplomatic program alignment makes global health programs ‘smart’, or multifariously effective.  Such programs have the capacity to generate a range of ‘collateral’, downstream, indirect, or hidden benefits from the diplomatic perspective.  Similarly, programs need to be carefully aligned with principles of diplomacy in order to ensure that international relations goals are represented in intervention design, selection, & delivery, through awareness of cultural, religious, and social sensibilities.

Sebastian Kevany has conducted over 100 missions to Africa, the Middle East, and South-East Asia, with a particular focus on conflict and post-conflict settings, conducting program evaluation, diplomatic alignment, and other representative duties.  Sebastian holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College Dublin, an MPH degree from the University of Cape Town, and is an international policy specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

12:00pm-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents Drs. Nguyen & Khalili – Multilingual mobile application to promote healthy behaviors among Asian Americans

Drs. Tung Nguyen and Mandana Khalili will present their Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded project to develop an interactive mobile application to promote screening for hepatitis B and C among at-risk Asian Americans who speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Vietnamese. They will discuss the processes involved in developing the application and the lessons learned.

Dr. Nguyen is the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at UCSF, where he provides primary care to a diverse patient population and teaches students, clinicians, and researchers.

Dr Khalili is Chief of Clinical Hepatology at SFGH, Assistant Director of the CTSI Comprehensive Mentoring Program Unit, and Director of the CTSI Mentor Consultation Services.

12:00pm-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Friday, March 11th, 2016

CAPS Methods Core presents Dr. Jitendra Ganju – Making Clinical Trials Results Robust

This talk proposes a way to make inferences robust.  The idea is akin to how financial investments are made. Investment in a single stock, which is analogous to pre-specifying a single analysis method, is unwise.  A better way is to hedge our bets. This means pre-specifying a combining function for multiple pre-specified test statistics for formal inference. The versatility of the combination method is manifold: inferences are robust; the combined test statistic can yield more power than the best performing single test; it can be used when the number of covariates exceeds the number of observations; in group sequential trials, the set of tests at one interim analysis may be different from that at another interim, making analyses more flexible; it permits simultaneous rejection of the null in an overall sample and in subgroups. The recommendation is to replace the practice of relying exclusively on a single test with multiple tests.  Open areas for more research will be noted.

Jitendra Ganju, PhD is VP of Biometrics at Global Blood Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company based in South San Francisco. Currently, I’m working with teams within GBT on planning trials for potential treatments for sickle cell disease and idiopathic lung fibrosis.  In past decade I’ve also worked at Amgen, Gilead Sciences, and Hyperion Therapeutics.  My entire 20+ year career since the completion of my dissertation has been in the pharma / biotech industry. I received my PhD in Statistics from the University of Delaware.  My dissertation topic was on inherently restricted randomized trials that are inadvertently treated as fully randomized experiments.  I’ve served as Associate Editor of Controlled Clinical Trials (now Contemporary Clinical Trials).  Some of my published work includes topics such as inference from blinded data, stratification in clinical trials, increasing power by combining tests statistics testing the same hypothesis, bias in tests when randomization restrictions are caused by not re-setting factor levels.  My research interests include multiple comparisons, and making clinical trial designs and inferences robust.

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Friday, 3/11/2016 @ 10:00am-11:30am

McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700)
Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

An Update on HIV/AIDS Research Priorities at the NIH: A Conversation with Dr. Judy Auerbach

Dr. Judy Auerbach is a public sociologist, independent science and policy consultant, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine. Join us as she discusses the current status of HIV/AIDS research prioritization at the NIH and the potential implications to researchers.

Kindly RSVP to Dave Robb at for those who wish to join by conference call.

12:00pm-1:00pm. 3500, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Dr. Martin Holt – Challenges to Research and Surveillance in the HIV “Treatment As Prevention” Era – an Australian perspective

Associate Professor Martin Holt has worked at the Centre for Social Research in Health since 2003. A social scientist by training, his research is concerned with HIV prevention, particularly among gay men, and the negotiation of sex and drug practices. He also researches treatment experiences and the use of technology (such as the internet, mobile phones or biomedical technology).

Martin manages the Gay Community Periodic Surveys, the main part of Australia’s behavioural surveillance system.

12:00pm-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

CAPS e-Health Working Group Meeting Presents Dr. Kate Muessig – Use of the web, mobile apps and social media for HIV care and prevention in the U.S. and China

Kate Muessig, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Health Behavior department of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her doctoral training from Johns Hopkins University as a public health interventionist and social scientist and her current research centers on the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the U.S., China, and sub-Saharan Africa. At UNC, Dr. Muessig teaches graduate seminars in Globalization & Health and Research Grant Proposal Development. Her research focuses on key populations including men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers, and populations experiencing health disparities. She is currently engaged in the development and testing of a number of NIH-funded eHealth and mHealth interventions for men who have sex with men in both the U.S. and China. Her methodological focus is on the use of qualitative and mixed-methods research to support the development, implementation and evaluation of health behavior interventions.

12:00pm-1:00pm. Room 2700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

CAPS e-Health Working Group Meeting Presents: Chris York, Founder of Cognitive Digital

Cognitive Digital is a behavior design, product strategy, design, and marketing firm that specializes in product guidance, UX design, visual design, and development services to startups, mature companies, hospitals, and research institutions. Cognitive Digital specializes in helping apply the best of behavioral psychology, user experience design, and startup methodologies to creating products for healthcare. Among others, we’ve designed and/or built products for UCSF, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. A significant portion of these have been research projects, and include an iPhone app that can get the user’s blood pressure from the camera (still in validation), the largest open cardiovascular study in the world, the most accurate and streamlined publicly available method for autism diagnosis, a web product aimed at helping the recently bereaved while cleverly acquiring data on sudden cardiac death (screenshot here, unfortunately not launched for another couple weeks), one of the most advanced tools for rare disease genomics, novel iPad-based tools for managing biology research on mice (interactive prototype), a tablet-driven experience for educating and empowering hospital inpatients (interactive prototype), and a multi-platform experience around enhancing Truvada adherence. Cognitive Digital has also done a fair bit as far as actual clinical tools (e.g. population health management, oncology treatment recommendation engines,  platforms enabling automated/AI-driven medication titration/switching, etc).

Chris York has studied behavioral psychology at Stanford and has since been applying those skills, along with best practices in user experience and product design, to help health startups and institutions build mobile applications, interventions, and services. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and TechCrunch. He has also been a mentor with health tech incubator RockHealth, invested in a number of startups (including Spotify and Palantir), and advised companies independently and through Stanford’s StartX accelerator for health and biotech. In collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Chris has helped to design and develop PrEPmate, a platform created to help people stay adherent to their HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medication.

12:00pm-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158