- Research Partnership Director, TIE Core
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Byron Mason is the Research Partnerships Director for the Technology and Information Exchange (TIE) Core where he facilitates community-involved research, HIV prevention science, and ongoing collaborative research partnerships between CAPS scientists and diverse communities and stakeholders from around the country. He also serves as co-chair of the CAPS Community Advisory Board (CAB) as well as provides a range of technical assistance to community based organizations, researchers, funders and policy makers.
During the late 90s and early 2000s, Mr. Mason worked at CAPS as Project Coordinator for the Seropositive Urban Men’s Intervention Trial (SUMIT), one of the first “prevention for positives” efforts in the United States. He also worked as Project Director for the Gay Couples Study which sought to examine the range of sexual agreements made within gay male relationships. In 2002 he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he directed Brother y Hermanos, a four-year, multi-site research study focusing on ethnic and race-specific psychological, social, cultural, and environmental variables associated with HIV risk behaviors among black and Latino MSM (men who have sex with men).
Upon returning to the Bay Area in 2007 Mr. Mason worked for Gilead Sciences and was in charge of the company’s collaborative research portfolio which contained numerous academic, federal and industry-sponsored clinical studies including early-phase developments of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP).
MSM of color, African-Americans, stigma, health disparities and barriers to HIV prevention, qualitative research methodology, epidemiology, educational and behavioral interventions to prevent HIV in resource poor settings (domestic & international), social marketing and technology, community level intervention and collaboration.
- Technology and Information Exchange (TIE) Core
- Alameda AIDS Research Consortium
Millett G, Malebranche D, Mason B, Spikes P. Focusing “down low”: bisexual black men, HIV risk and heterosexual transmission. Journal National Medical Association 2005;97:52S-59S.
CA Gomez, B Mason, NJ Alvarado. Culture Matters: The role of race and ethnicity in the sexual lives of HIV+ gay and bisexual men. PP 87-100. In HIV+ Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-Seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men’s Relationships. (ed Halkitis PN, Gomez CA, Wolitski RJ). American Psychological Association. Washington DC. 2005
Mason, B. Evolution. Democracy & Education (Summer/Fall Edition 1998, pages 47-50).
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