The Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) works with the HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the intent of creating a more integrated, collaborative and flexible research structure. The networks are an affiliated group of national and international medical research institutions and investigators that conduct clinical HIV/AIDS research to develop safe and effective drugs, prevention strategies, and vaccines.
The DAIDS Office of Clinical Site Oversight (OCSO) released a new requirement for co-enrollment prevention SOPs at sites, detailed in a memo dated September 8, 2021. The DAIDS SCORE Manual has been updated to reflect the new co-enrollment prevention requirement, and a webinar was hosted on September 28, 2021 to provide additional context. The webinar recording and slides are available here.
Example co-enrollment prevention SOPs have also been added to the HANC website here.
A summary of the Q&A portion of the webinar is still in development and will be posted on the DAIDS Resources page once available.
The Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the nation’s only ‘think and do tank’ focused on ending HIV in all Black communities, was the sole recipient of the Health Resources & Services Administration - HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HRSA/HAB) eight million dollar grant for a biomedical justice initiative. This four-year project led by BAI, in partnership with Cardea and the Legacy Project, aims to develop a national training program for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to expand and diversify a strong pipeline of HIV advocates and leaders equipped to end the HIV epidemic.
The Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) programs are referred to as areas of coordination. Within each area of coordination are numerous work groups that are integral to advancing the research goals and objectives defined by the HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and the Division of AIDS.
HANC supports a number of trans-institute behavioral science groups composed of experts that are working to advance research and clinical trials through cross-network collaboration.
HANC supports Community Partners, The Legacy Project, and the COVID-19 CAB coalition to achieve representation and build relationships with historically underrepresented communities in clinical research.
HANC supports cross-network working groups for network leadership, communications, data management centers, performance evaluation, and site coordinators to promote greater information sharing, collaboration, and process standardization.
HANC supports several cross-network laboratory working groups and committees with the aim of harmonizing processes and procedures, ensuring standard quality assurance for protocol-specified assays and laboratory preparedness for network clinical trials.
The New Investigators Working Group is pleased to announce the new edition of its webinar series “A Conversation with Black and African American Researchers.” This webinar will feature three outstanding investigators with a research trajectory in the fields of HIV, social determinants of health and health disparities. Join the conversation with Greg Millet, Dr. LaRon Nelson and Dr. Darren Whitfield. The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Typhanye Dyer, co-Chair of the New Investigators Working Group and Christopher Hucks-Ortiz, Chair of the HPTN Black Caucus.
The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) will host Adherence 2021 in a hybrid format November 7-9, 2021, at the Loews Portofino Bay in Orlando, FL, USA.
Adherence 2021 will focus on state-of-the-science evidence, best practices, and the real-world implementation of behavioral, clinical, structural, and other interventions to maximize the therapeutic and preventative effects of antiretroviral agents.
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