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.

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

Friday, June 12th, 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 3:30 – 5:00pm in Mission Hall Room 2700.

Learn more about our talented scientist here.

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, 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