Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

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

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

CAPS Methods Core Presents a Day-Long Workshop on SMART design (8:00am-6:00pm)

The SMART way: Experimental Design and Analysis Methods for Developing Adaptive Interventions


Inbal (Billie) Nahum-Shani, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Social Research. University of Michigan

Space is limited.  Please contact Estie Hudes if you are interested in attending:

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

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Alameda County African American HIV/AIDS Research Forum (10:00am – 2:00pm) – California Endowment, Oakland

This forum will showcase current research projects focused on HIV/AIDS in Alameda County.  Brought to you by The Alameda AIDS Research Coalition (AARC). Co-sponsored by CAPS.

@ The California Endowment, 1111 Broadway, Oakland CA. 7th Floor, Uptown Room.

This event is free of charge. Food/refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Please contact to RSVP or for more information.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents HIV/AIDS Research in the Middle East: UCSF Studies among Sex Workers, Trans Women, PWID, and Prisoners (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Sex work and HIV in MENA

Ali Mirzazadeh, MD, MPH, PhD is a physician infectious disease epidemiologist, appointed to the UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatics. He is affiliated jointly with Global Health Sciences of UCSF and the Regional Knowledge Hub (HIVHUB – of Kerman Medical University (KMU). As a research specialist at UCSF, he is currently project director of the International Collaboration of Incident HIV and HCV in Injecting Cohorts (InC3) project, which merges data from nine prospective cohorts in the US, Canada, Netherlands, and Australia to study HIV and HCV infection risks and outcomes in People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) ( For the HIVHUB, he is the Education Manager, teaching and implementing HIV surveillance projects and size estimations for key populations including prisoners, PWID and their sexual partners, female sex workers, and street children in Iran, population size estimation in Georgia, and mapping/behavioral survey of men who have sex with men in Yemen.

HIV prevention among transgender women in Lebanon

Rachel L. Kaplan, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, and Affiliate Faculty in the Center of Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at SFSU. Dr. Kaplan is trained in Public Health and Social Science with experience in sexual and mental health and HIV prevention and treatment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  With a focus on international HIV prevention among “key populations,” Dr. Kaplan is interested in the intersections of risk, gender, sexuality, conflict, and health in MENA. Having worked on HIV research in the region for a decade, Dr. Kaplan is Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded study to determine potential strategies for addressing sexual and mental health risk and resilience among transgender women in Lebanon.

Transition to injection among young drug users in Iran

Mohsen Malekinejad MD, DrPH is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health at UCSF, based in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS). Dr. Malekinejad completed his MD degree in Iran in 1999, received his M.P.H. degree from UC Davis in 2003, and DrPH from UC Berkeley in 2008. Mohsen has several years of research experience in the field of injection drug dependency, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, global health, sampling of hard-to-reach populations, translational research, and advanced methods in systematic reviews. Currently, he is the project director of the CAPE (Consortium for the Assessment of Prevention Economics) project.  CAPE is a multi-million dollar CDC-funded project with the objective of providing local, state and national health departments in the US with resource allocation modeling tools for multiple diseases (HIV, STI, viral hepatitis, and TB). Also, Dr. Malekinejad has been leading collaborative projects between UCSF and the Tehran University of Medical Sciences studying HIV risk among injection drug users since 2006, including recently completed NIDA-funded project to study risk factors of transitioning to injection among young opioid users.

HIV among injecting drug users and prisoners in Iran

Soodabeh Navadeh MD, MPH is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and a trainee in the International Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (ITAPS) in Global Health Sciences at UCSF. Soodabeh completed her MD degree in Iran in 2007 and received the MPH degree in infectious disease in 2010. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since graduating from medical school. In the ITAPS program, Soodabeh is designing a trial study to improve HIV testing in high-risk youth in Iran. Simultaneously, she is working on her PhD thesis and exploring techniques to deal with unmeasured confounders in the causal pathway of alcohol use and Unprotected Anal Intercourse among MSM. She is also affiliated with the Regional Knowledge Hub (HIVHUB – of Kerman Medical University (KMU). As the Distance Education Manager, she is designing distance courses for HIV surveillance and size estimation of the key populations. She also has research experience in HIV Bio-behavioral surveillance and size estimation of prisoners, female sex workers and injecting drug users.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Qualitative Working Group Presents Kim Koester and Shannon Fuller – Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ): a 32-item checklist for interviews and focus groups (10:00am – 11:30 am)

Kim Koester and Shannon Fuller will facilitate a discussion of the COREQ checklist which describes the minimum standards for description of qualitative methods in publications and is now required by several high-profile journals such as PLoS 1.

10 AM – 11:30am, McKusick Conf. Room (3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158. Please RSVP to if you need to a visitor pass to enter the building.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS – Disparities in Chronic Diseases in Young Adults (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is the Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, a Board Member of UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Director of the CTSI Clinical and Translational Science Training (CTST) Program and a faculty member for its K Scholar Program. She is the PI of two collaborative center grants from the NIH/NIMHD – the Center for Health And Risk in Minority youth and adults (CHARM) addressing disparities in chronic disease in youth and young adults, and BUILD an infrastructure and training grant with San Francisco State University. She is also the joint PI of Bring It Down – an NIH/NINDS U54 research center addressing stroke prevention and stroke disparities in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Northern California. A general internist at San Francisco General Hospital and faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has expertise in cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes risk in young adults. Her work focuses on racial, ethnic and income differences in manifestations of chronic disease, the intersection of biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence risk, and effective clinical, public health, and policy interventions aimed at prevention. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has interest in local, national, and global prevention efforts and has collaborated with investigators in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and China. She has been a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) since 2010 and is currently co-Vice Chair of the USPSTF. She is an inducted member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The Qualitative Working Group Presents Meghan D. Morris, PhD, MPH – Leveraging qualitative findings to develop a quantitative scale: A discussion of the process, findings, and lessons learned

Meghan D. Morris, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF. This presentation will focus on the research and analytic methods used to formulate a quantitative scale for the measurement of interpersonal factors associated with injection drug use sharing behaviors. Data are from 45 in-depth interviews with injection partnerships—two people who inject drugs in the same physical space. Open-ended interviews elicited information on relationship dynamics driving injection drug use behaviors across a diversity of injection partnership types. There was a focus of discussing in detail, events where high-risk behaviors occurred. Probing questions were used to elicit information about interpersonal factors. Preliminary findings detailing the development of both the conceptual framework and subsequent quantitative measurement scale will be shared.

10am-11:30am. McKusick Conf. Room (3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158. Please RSVP to if you need to a visitor pass to enter the building.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Gabriel Chamie, MD, MPH – Universal HIV testing using a “hybrid” approach in East Africa

Dr. Chamie will discuss the effectiveness of a “hybrid” mobile HIV testing approach of multi-disease community health campaigns followed by home-based testing (HBT), to achieve population-wide HIV testing coverage in the SEARCH Trial.

Gabriel Chamie is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF, in the Division of HIV/AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital. His research focuses on community-based HIV and tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis, multi-disease health campaigns, and TB/HIV co-infection in East Africa. He is Chair of the SEARCH Trial working group implementing baseline censuses and population-wide HIV testing in 32 communities of 10,000 persons each in Uganda and Kenya.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

CAPS Methods Core seminar presents Dr. Lance Pollack (10:00am – 11:30am)

Join us for a presentation by Lance Pollack, PhD,  Principal statistician

Issues in Surveys of Sexual Behavior: Problems with the Samples, the Questions, the Answers, and Whether Frisky Really Means Risky

Location: (new) McKusick Conference room #3700. Mission Hall, 3rd floor. 4th Street at 550  16th Street. San Francisco, CA 94158

Abstract:       A recent op-ed piece in the New York Times suggested that respondents to surveys of sexual behavior are not telling the truth and that the resulting data cannot be trusted.  In this presentation I will discuss the reasons why this characterization is both true and false, and the issues an informed reader of scientific periodicals must pay attention to in order to evaluate how much stock to place in the data being presented. I will touch on evaluation of sample selection/population definition, instrumentation, and data inconsistency. Data issues will be illustrated with examples from prior and current studies. I will also present further data on our pursuit of the ever elusive (perhaps mythical) MSM research participant who is truly at risk for transmission of HIV, and the implications of that for evaluation of HIV interventions..

Short bio:      Lance Pollack, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Human Development and Aging from UCSF. He has been at CAPS since the inception of the center 25 years ago, currently holds the title of Principal Statistician, and has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals. Lance is currently doing data management and data analytic work for Marguerita Lightfoot on both the Zimbabwe project and the texting intervention study, Susan Kegeles and Greg Rebchook on both the Mpowerment and TRIP projects, for Emily Arnold on both the Bruthas and Ballroom projects, and for Diane Binson and Bill Woods on their research into bathhouse patron populations and methodological issues in survey research. He is a member of the CAPS Methods Core specializing in survey research methodology, sampling issues, survey instrument development, and quantitative analysis, and a consultant offering Clinical Research Support Services in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF.