Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

UCSF Human Research Protection Program Seminar – Recruitment: Ethics, Regulations and Practical Solutions

This class will include a short presentation on recruitment guidelines and regulations followed by a series of presentations from a number of recruitment experts involved in research conducted at UCSF.  These presenters will discuss the recruitment strategies that they have used for their research studies, what they have found to be successful/unsuccessful for recruiting and retaining subjects, and what campus services they have used.  We will also have a representative of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) join us to discuss the recruitment services that they offer.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A panel in which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to the group so please come prepared with your questions!


-Shana Stolarczyk, HRPP Education and Training Coordinator

-Jennifer Creasman, Director of Recruitment Services, CTSI

-Natalie Nardone, Project Manager, Center for Tobacco Control

-Byron Mason, TIE (Technology, Information, Education) Core, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm. Location: UCSF Parnassus Campus, School of Nursing 217 (N-217) (map)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Andrew Jolivette, PhD – ‘Indian Blood’: Two-Spirit Return, Mixed-Race Identity, and Critical Interventions in HIV

Dr. Jolivette’s “Indian Blood” study was a two-year ethnographic, community-based study of risk factors for HIV/AIDS seroconversion among mixed-race American Indians in the San Francisco Bay Area. This presentation explores six key factors that produce greater levels of risk within the Native population through the development of the Indian Blood Psycho-Social Nexus (IBPN) of Risk Model.

Andrew Jolivette (Opelousa/Atakapa-Ishak) Ph.D., is an accomplished educator, writer, speaker, and social/cultural critic. His work spans many different social and political arenas – from education reform and cultural representation in Native America to community of color identity issues, critical mixed-race movement building, LGBT/Queer community of color identity issues and gay marriage, and AIDS disparities within Indigenous and people of color communities.

Dr. Jolivette is Professor and Department Chair in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is an affiliated faculty member in Educational Leadership and Race and Resistance Studies.  Dr. Jolivette is an IHART (Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training) Fellow at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2005, he completed a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship through the National Academy of Sciences.

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

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

CAPS MSM Working Group Presents: A Discussion on MSM Risk and a New MSM Funding Annoucment

The CAPS Men Who Have Sex With Men Working Group (MSMWG) is reconvening to discuss the following topics:

(1) MSM Risk Given Advancements in the Field

As the HIV prevention and treatment landscape continues to evolve in the U.S., how are we as researchers and clinicians defining and measuring risk? What outcomes are we measuring in our prevention research? What messages are we using in our interventions (e.g. condomless anal sex vs. unprotected anal sex)? What is “protection” for HIV-negative MSM—PrEP? Partners with undetectable viral loads? Unprotected anal sex between two positive guys? Join us for an engaged discussion around MSM risk.

(2) A recently released RFA from NIH Behavioral Interventions to Prevent HIV in Diverse Adolescent Men Who Have Sex with Men

Are any CAPS investigators planning to respond to the RFA released by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities?  What interest exists in developing new collaborations or partnerships to respond? How can the MSMWG be a resource for you?  Check out the URL prior to the meeting:  (RFA-MD-15-012).  Application Receipt Date(s): January 15, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

CAPS Open Data / Open Research Forum

The issue of Open Data / Open Research has been a hot topic in the scientific and general community. This is a controversial issue, and there are plenty of arguments for and against it.

A recent article in Science supports the issue. The short piece is titled “Promoting an open research culture”, is authored by 39 scientists, and appear under the rubric of “Scientific Standards”.

CAPS will hold a forum on the Science recommendations where we we will discuss the broader issues raised by the Open Research movement as well as how implementation of the proposed standards could affect the kinds of research done at CAPS.

Here are some links to Wikipedia for more information on the subject:

2:00pm-4:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

CAPS eHealth Working Group Presents Sarah Woolf-King, PhD MPH and Judy Tan, PhD

Spotlight on CAPS Junior Investigators Conducting eHealth Research

Sarah Woolf-King PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, CAPS

Dr. Woolf-King currently has a K01 from NIAAA to examine the event-level relationship between alcohol use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). She will discuss the logistics of using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology as a tool for collecting Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data on substance use and sexual risk behavior.

Judy Tan, PhD, Assistant Professor, CAPS

Dr. Judy Tan is currently funded by a K01 from NIMH to develop a mobile health tool that leverages couple dynamics to support and enhance HIV care engagement in HIV+ Black gay men. She will present an overview of relevant literature and garner advice and tips about eHealth tool development and design.

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

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents A Whirlwind Global Tour of Research (Part 2)

This series will feature presentations by the 2015 International Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (ITAPS) & the International AIDS Vaccine Initiate (IAVI) Scientific Writing Trainees

12:00pm – 1:00pm, McKusick Conference Room


Silver Vargas Rivera, MSc (Peru): The relationship between HIV testing frequency with auto reported risk perception in MSM/Transwomen from Lima, Peru

Haiyang Hu, MD, MPH (China): Trends of HIV prevalence, HIV testing and later diagnosis among men who have sex with men in Jiangsu province, China: Results from four consecutive sentinel surveys

Robert Langat (Kenya): ELISpot External Quality Assurance Proficiency Testing: Results from an African Network of HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial Research Centers

Yunia Mayanja, MBChB, MPH (Uganda): Factors associated with uptake of treatment for stable partners of high risk women diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in Kampala, Uganda

Soodabeh Navadeh, MD, MPH (Iran): Expert opinion to quantify the unmeasured confounder bias parameters

Moleen Zunza, MSc (South Africa): Growth and infectious morbidity among HIV-exposed uninfected children in a PMTCT program in transition to breast feeding with life-long ART for HIV infected women (Option B+): The Mother Infant Health Study

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

CAPS eHealth Working Group Presents Bhupendra Sheoran – Youth-Centered Digital Health

As executive director of YTH, Sheoran leads the organization, involving himself in grant writing, strategic planning, and representing YTH to the community and stakeholders. He works with the program team to design new media and technology programs. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated text messaging campaigns and conducted social media outreach to reach at-risk and hard to reach populations. He also provides capacity building assistance to agencies that want to apply these technologies to their work especially in sexual and reproductive health focusing on youth.

Now based in Oakland, California, Sheoran began his career as a medical doctor in India. He subsequently moved into public health and got an MBA in health management. He has since worked in South and Southeast Asia and the U.S.

YTH is a non profit organization based in Oakland, California. Founded in 2001 YTH applies youth centered health design to use new media and technology for youth health and wellness.

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

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Welcome Reception for 2015 CAPS Visiting Professors

Each year a small number of scientists are selected to participate in the Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities. This program is also known as the Visiting Professor (VP) Program. The VP Program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work.

Please join us in welcoming the 2015 Visiting Professors! CAPS will host a fun, informal reception from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Mission Hall Room McKusick Conference Room.

Learn more about our talented scientist here.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents A Whirlwind Global Tour of Research (Part 1)

This two-part series will feature presentations by the 2015 International Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (ITAPS) & the International AIDS Vaccine Initiate (IAVI) Scientific Writing Trainees

1:00pm – 2:00pm, McKusick Conference Room


Julian Adong, MBChB (Uganda): Effects of baseline spirituality/religiosity on unhealthy alcohol use amongst HIV positive HAART naive patients in south western Uganda.

Andrew Abaasa, MSc (Uganda): Comparison of HIV incidence estimated in clinical trial and non-clinical trial settings in a high risk fishing population cohort in Uganda:  Implications for sample size estimates

Sylvia Kusemererwa, MBChB, MPH (Uganda): Contraceptive preference, HIV incidence and other sexually transmitted infections among HIV high-risk women in Southwestern Uganda

Carolyne Nduku Ngoi, MBChB, MS (Kenya): Assessment of Dengue fever among young adult  febrile out-patients seeking care in coastal Kenya

Tao Qiu, MD, MPH (China): Immunologic treatment failure and correlations among HIV-1 treated adult patients in Jiangsu province, China: Eight-year open cohort study

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Global Health Sciences Lecture Series Presents Dr. George Rutherford – The evolution of the HIV epidemic in Kenya, from viral introduction to 90-90-90

Dr. George Rutherford is the director of the Prevention and Public Health Group; Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Preventive Medicine; head of the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology; vice chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Global Response Core at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and coordinating editor of the Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on HIV Infection and AIDS.

12:00-1:00pm. Mission Hall Room 1407, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158