Coordination Areas
Behavioral & Social Science

Advancing Behavioral Science Through Coordination

HANC supports trans-institute behavioral science groups composed of experts that are working to advance research and clinical trials through cross-network collaboration. Those groups include:

  • The Behavioral Science Consultative Group (BSCG)
  • The Youth Prevention Research Working Group (YPRWG)

Behavioral Science Consultative Group (BSCG)

The overarching objectives of the BSCG are to provide expert opinion to the NIH-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks on the behavioral components of their research agenda and studies, including, but not limited to, advice on protocol design, protocol implementation and methodology for data collection and evaluation. Examples of issues that can be addressed include the assessment of the interaction of adherence and risk behaviors in prevention studies, as well as the implications to study design of real-time adherence measures and possible interventions based on that data.

The Behavioral Science Consultative Group (BSCG) was formed in the summer of 2013. Membership is comprised of ten behavioral science researchers; each of the NIH-funded HIV/AIDS clinical research networks has a representative on the BSCG along with five experts that are not associated with the networks.

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Youth Prevention Research Working Group (YPRWG)

The cross-network/trans-Institute Youth Prevention Working Group (YPRWG) was formed in the winter of 2012. Its creation was a key recommendation emerging from the NIH “Focused initiatives for Healthier Lifestyles by the Inter Network Advisory Group on Adolescent Prevention” meeting. The group consists of representatives from the NIH networks, the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN), DAIDS, NIAID, NIMH, NIDA, and NICHD.

The group addresses issues such as:

  • Coordinate sharing of network adolescent research agendas
  • Address the challenge of conducting trials across multiple networks
  • Consider tangible outcomes such as dropping the mean age of network volunteers
  • Validate existing tools
  • Compare ongoing and upcoming studies
  • Consider adolescent issues early on in design process
  • Review relevant informed consent documents
  • Collate a set of core competencies

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