Upcoming Events

  • Most of our events take place in the McKusick Conference Room at Mission Hall, also known as the Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building on Mission Bay Campus, unless otherwise noted. [Directions to CAPS]
  • RSVP to Rochelle Blanco if you would like to attend. You will need to check in at the security desk upon arrival. Mention “Town Hall” at the security desk to expedite entry approval.

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

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, August 11th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Martin Holt, PhD – The Impact of Antiretroviral-Based Prevention: Challenges to Research and Surveillance Systems in the HIV Treatment as Prevention Era

In the last five years we have seen dramatic developments within HIV prevention, with stunning trial results placing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP) firmly on the combination prevention agenda. Cities like San Francisco and Vancouver rapidly embraced TasP-led prevention strategies, seeking to more rapidly diagnose HIV-positive people and offer them treatment to reduce onward transmission. An emphasis on high-uptake testing, accessible treatment and retention in care, bolstered with PrEP for at-risk individuals, is now seen in multiple jurisdictions, including Australia. Embracing antiretroviral-based prevention is seen as vital to meet bold international targets to reduce HIV transmission. However, the roll-out of these strategies has challenged existing systems and raised difficult questions. How much do affected communities understand about antiretroviral-based prevention and how does this affect its implementation? Is building community support as important as creating access? How do we measure the impact of antiretroviral-based prevention? What does safe sex become (and how do we measure it) when there are multiple ways of preventing transmission?

This presentation will illustrate these issues with reference to research on Australia’s primary HIV-affected population (gay and bisexual men). However, the aim is to encourage discussion about positive ways to adapt to antiretroviral-based prevention in the multiple contexts in which it is being implemented.

Martin Holt is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia. He runs the Gay Community Periodic Surveys, Australia’s main behavioural surveillance system for HIV, and the PrEPARE Project, a longitudinal study of community attitudes to antiretroviral-based prevention. He is actively involved in HIV prevention policy across Australia. Supported by an Endeavour Executive Fellowship from the Australian Government, in 2015 he is visiting the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (San Francisco).

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