Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

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

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila – “Cuba’s AIDS Doctor” Tackles Ebola: The ongoing struggle against infectious disease

Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, MD, MS is Director of the world-renowned Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine in Havana and Cuba’s top expert on HIV/AIDS.  He has been at the forefront of Cuba’s fight against HIV both clinically and in the development and implementation of their public health response as Director of Cuba’s National AIDS Program.  Last Fall, Dr. Pérez headed Cuba’s provision of medical personnel to assist with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Cuba led the international response in terms of human resources and garnered acclaim for dispatching a sizable team of 461 volunteer doctors and health workers to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to fight Ebola.

Dr. Pérez is Director of Cuba’s Tropical Medicine Institute and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Havana, where he has taught since 1982.  A member of several scientific committees, including the National Commission of AIDS and the IPK Scientific Council, Dr. Pérez has published more than 80 articles in both national and international journals, and has served as a member of the editorial board for the Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical.  Dr. Pérez has been on the Advisory Board for the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1999.  Dr. Pérez wrote SIDA: Confesiones a un Medico (Ediciones Abril, 2008), a book on the evolution of the epidemic and Cuba’s national program told through the stories of patients.  Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), an Oakland-based non-profit organization since 1997, is helping to translate the book into English under the tentative title, Stories of HIV and AIDS from Cuba.

12:00pm – 1:00pm. Room 1401, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

CAPS Qualitative Working Group: Qualitative Research on PrEP Uptake : SF Demo Projects, VOICE, CRUSH, and others

The goal of this meeting is to network and compare findings on PrEP adherence and changing social norms regarding PrEP uptake among populations most at risk for HIV. We hope that one of the outcomes of this meeting could be a list of priorities for future research and ideas for collaboration on research and literature addressing disparities in PrEP knowledge and uptake across communities.

*What is the QWG?*

The Qualitative Working Group (QWG) meets periodically to discuss topics
related to the use of qualitative methods in HIV-related research. Our
interests range from discussing specific methodological issues–such as
sampling decisions, modes of data analysis, coding strategies, and
qualitative research software–to grappling with theoretical issues that
support the conceptualization of qualitative HIV-related studies. The group
also sees as one of its functions to support the CAPS Methods Core by
devoting some of its sessions to peer reviewing of qualitative grant
proposals, research designs, and manuscripts, as requested by individual
investigators. All are welcome.

3:00pm-4:30pm McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall. 550 16th Street, 3rd Floor. San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

CAPS e-Health Working Group Meeting Presents: Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD — Using Text Messaging in Adolescent Social Networks to Increase HIV Testing

Dr. Lightfoot recruited 100 current adolescent medicine patients at an urban adolescent health clinic serving predominately African Americans to disseminate at least 5 text messages to friends they believe are sexually active. The youth generated text messages were to encourage their friends to visit the clinic and get tested. Lessons learned and preliminary findings will be discussed.

*What is the eHealth Working Group?*

The eHealth 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.

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