Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

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

Friday, February 6th, 2015

6th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event: Our Health Matters (6:00pm-9:00pm)

2015 marks the 15th year observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD is a national HIV prevention community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks across the United States and Territorial Areas to Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Treated, and Get Involved in the fight against HIV & AIDS.

CAPS is co-sponsoring a city-wide Town Hall: The State of HIV/AIDS in the African American Community. The objective is to educate the larger community about the state of HIV/AIDS among African Americans and to identify and discuss relevant strategies that will lead to a reduction in new infections and eliminate disparities in care and treatment in the African American community.

San Francisco’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event will be held Friday February 6th from 6:00-9:00pm. Glide Memorial Methodist Church (Freedom Hall), 30 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 674-6000

Friday, January 9th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Dr. Wendy Berry – Affective and Physiologic Responses to Stigma and Discrimination (12:00 – 1:00 pm)

McKusick Conference Room

Friday, December 5th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents Dr. Annemiek de Ruiter, HIV in the United Kingdom and the management of pregnant women with HIV (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

Dr. Annemiek de Ruiter MBBS, FRCP is a Consultant in HIV at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust in London, Secretary of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and Chair/Lead author of the BHIVA Guidelines for the management of HIV in pregnancy 2008 , 2012, 2014. She will give a brief update on HIV in the United Kingdom and discuss the management of pregnant women with HIV and the cultural issues/challenges that women face.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

CAPS/SFGH Presents World AIDS Day 2014: Spotlight on Young Investigators (8:00am – 9:00am)

Please join us for the next HIV/AIDS Grand Rounds of the 2014–15 academic year:

World AIDS Day 2014: Spotlight on Young Investigators

A joint presentation from SFGH HIV/AIDS Division and Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

Featuring: Sulggi Lee, MD, PhD, Parya Saberi, PharmD (CAPS), and Hyman Scott, MD (CAPS TAPS fellow)

Also scheduled: Presentation of the Catherine Lyons Award

Location: UCSF Positive Health Program, 995 Potrero Ave, Building 80, Ward 84, San Francisco, CA 94110


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Caroline Maposphere, RN (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Human Sexuality Education and Advocacy in Southern Africa – Challenges and Lessons Learned

Caroline Maposhere is a free-lance consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender, HIV and AIDS and works at local, national and international levels on HIV, gender and reproductive health research and policy development programs. She is a registered nurse (RN) with post graduate training in midwifery (maternity), public health, health and adult education, sexual health and HIV research. Ms. Maposhere also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Ministry. She has experience in working for the government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Health and Child welfare for ten years during which time she was responsible for recruiting both nursing staff and extension health workers, identifying training needs and conducting on the job training sessions. Lately, she has been working on health and advocacy assignments for sexual minority groups that include sex workers and the LGBTI community.

Ms. Maposhere is visiting the United States for a very short time and through colleagues at Stanford University has graciously agreed to speak to us here at UCSF.


Monday, November 10th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Kelika Konda, PhD MPH (11:30am-12:30pm)

Gay Male Couples in Peru: Research on relationships, partnership agreements, disclosure, and the feasibility of couples HIV testing and counseling

Kelika Konda, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. She is based in Lima, Peru and her research focuses on strategies to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) within the local social and epidemiologic context. In 2013, Dr. Konda received a K01 from the NIMH to study relationships between gay men in Peru and to develop an HIV prevention intervention for gay men. The proposed intervention will focus on their sexual partnerships and include couples HIV testing and counseling.

Dr. Konda developed an interest in HIV prevention and public health while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She went on to receive her Master’s in Health Science and PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her Master’s work focused on social and behavioral interventions in the Department of International Health, and her PhD was in infectious diseases in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Konda began working on a large clinical trial to test a behavioral intervention for HIV prevention in Peru under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Coates in 2004, while she was a master’s student. Since that time, she has focused on understanding the epidemiology of HIV/STIs in Peru, specifically among men who have sex with men and male-to-female transgender women, and on the development of HIV/STI prevention interventions tailored to their needs.

Friday, November 7th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Judith Auerbach, PhD (12:00-1:00pm)

New Mission Bay location: Mission Hall — 550 16th Street @ 4th St. — 3rd Floor McKusick Conference Room (B3700)

Optimizing HIV Research at the National Institutes of Health

An increasingly constrained budget poses a challenge for all aspects of the NIH HIV/AIDS research response, and also offers an opportunity to reassess and focus scarce resources on the highest priorities in the field—those that are most likely to have the greatest population-level impact in the near- and long-term.  In an effort to optimize dedicated AIDS research resources, the Director of the NIH, Francis Collins, charged the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Committee (OARAC) with helping to identify priorities for the NIH in core areas of HIV/AIDS research for the immediate future (next 3-5 years). A Working Group comprised of several OARAC members and additional scientific and community experts was formed to undertake this charge, and its final report was presented at a public meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director in June, 2014.

Dr. Judy Auerbach, who served as Executive Secretary to the Working Group, will present the key priorities and recommendations of the group, and will provide information about a second phase involving a portfolio analysis being undertaken by a second Working Group of the OAR.

Friday, September 26th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Paula Braveman, MD, MPH (12:00-1:00pm)