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) recently released a new requirement for co-enrollment prevention SOPs at sites. Details of the requirement are recorded in a memo dated September 8, 2021. Related changes to the DAIDS SCORE Manual, including expansion of the Co-enrollment Prevention section, addition of 3 new appendices and FAQs, and templates are now reflected on the DAIDS SCORE Manual site, under the Screening, Enrollment/Randomization, and Unblinding section.
A webinar was also held on September 28, 2021 to detail the co-enrollment prevention requirements. The recording and slides are available here. A summary of the Q&A portion of the webinar is being developed and will be posted on the DAIDS Resources page once available.
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 2021 HVTN Conference will be held virtually. Virtual sessions can be viewed in real time by live stream, and session recordings will be posted. Please register for the conference here. The deadline for online registration is October 12. A conference agenda will be posted online when available
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