Upcoming Events

  • Most of our events take place in the McKusick Conference Room on the 13th floor at 50 Beale Street, in downtown San Francisco, 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 if you are coming from outside of 50 Beale St. Mention “Town Hall” at the security desk to expedite entry approval.

Friday, April 18th, 2014


The Andy I. Choi Mentoring Program of the UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research will offer Bay Area investigators a glimpse into the future of HIV research with a half-day symposium on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the J. David Gladstone Institutes’ Mahley Auditorium.


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Friday, April 18th, 2014

CAPS Methods Core Presents: Lance Pollack, PhD “Conversational Interviewing vs. Standardized Interviewing: Initial Quantitative Findings from an Experiment Using a Sexual Behavior Assessment of MSM”

Abstract:       Standardized interviewing has been widely accepted as a means to reduce interviewer-related error by insuring that all participants receive the same stimulus (i.e., the same question worded the same way every time), thus leaving interpretation of the question up to the respondent. However, critics of this approach argue that response validity is undermined if all respondents do not interpret the question the same way. That is, if comprehension of the intended meaning of the question differs from participant to participant, how does the researcher know how to interpret the answers to that question? Research by Conrad and Schober have demonstrated that there is significant variation in the understanding of even seemingly straightforward questions like the number of bedrooms in one’s house and the furniture purchases made in the past year. Principal investigators Diane Binson and Bill Woods received funding for a study to test whether interviewing technique would make a difference in responses to a sexual behavior assessment. A convenience sample of currently sexually active MSM recruited primarily from Bay Area sex clubs were randomly assigned to either a standardized interviewing condition or a conversational interviewing condition and administered a sexual behavior assessment. How the experiment was implemented and initial quantitative findings will be reported.


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 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.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Paul Volberding, MD

Friday, May 16th, 2014

CAPS Methods Core Presents: Steve Gregorich, PhD

Friday, June 6th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH “Project iN”

Project iN is a pilot placebo-controlled randomized trial looking at the feasibility, acceptability, and tolerability of taking a pharmacologic intervention on an as-needed basis to reduce methamphetamine use and heavy episodic alcohol consumption among MSM at high-risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV.  [Michael -- No need to include all this, but just FYI, or take from as needed.  Kinda hard to pare down, though.  Perhaps – Testing a pharmacologic intervention to reduce meth use and heavy alcohol consumption in MSM at high risk for HIV.]

Friday, July 11th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Nelson Varas-Díaz, PhD