Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

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

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

CAPS e-Health Working Group Meeting Presents: Ed Martin, UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI)

To improve health worldwide, the CDHI team envision and realize new technologies, developed at UCSF and beyond, and evaluate them in clinical settings. Guided by science, we catalyze the new era of precision medicine.  CDHI collaborates with innovators from UCSF and beyond to envision, realize, and evaluate game-changing digital health technologies.  Focused on tangible outcomes, we support only the brightest ideas and processes that will have the greatest impact on health.  During this presentation, CDHI’s project portfolio, including several mHealth applications, will be highlighted, as well as upcoming projects that will facilitate digital health innovation.

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

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

CAPS Methods Core Presents Dr. Lucy Popova – Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials: 10 Lessons I Learned from the NIH Summer Institute

This talk will provide an introduction to the NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials and the application process. It will briefly cover the lessons I learned at this two-week Summer Institute, touching on the topics of developing a research program in clinical trials, building a research team, and planning a clinical behavioral trial, with overview of decisions on randomization techniques, optimization of retention, decisions regarding outcomes, choice of control group, mediators/moderators, and reporting requirements.

Lucy Popova (PhD, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on understanding tobacco marketing and developing effective educational messages, with particular attention on new tobacco products, such as snus and electronic cigarettes. Her current research on studying how to better communicate harm of new tobacco products is supported by a K99/R00 career development award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also a co-PI on a pilot developmental grant to study the intersection of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and marijuana use among young adults in Denver, CO, also from NCI. Her work received Paper of the Year awards from Health Education & Behavior and Communication Methods & Measures journals. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Health Education & Behavior.

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

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