Cross-network coordination brings together the expertise, resources, and perspectives of the many groups who contribute towards the operations of the HIV/AIDS clinical trials research enterprise.
Specific areas of cross-network support include leadership, communications, data management & IT, performance evaluations and site management & logistics.
HANC facilitates cross-network leadership communication and coordination via monthly calls with the Principal Investigators of the NIH-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks. In addition, HANC holds regularly scheduled calls with the Director of DAIDS and the Directors of OPCRO and OCSO. HANC also participates in NIAID’s Strategic Working Group.
The Cross-Network Communications Working Group (CWG) brings together representatives from the HIV/AIDS networks to consider issues influencing HIV/AIDS clinical trials, review communications efforts, consider best practices, and share messaging strategies around major network studies.
The NIH-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks are supported by three Statistical and Data Management Centers (SDMCs):
The Cross-Network Evaluation Working Group convenes members representing the performance evaluation committees from the HIV/AIDS networks, the Statistical and Data Management Centers, HANC, and DAIDS to discuss opportunities to harmonize evaluation processes and metrics across the networks.
Site management and clinical trials logistics issues are diverse and addressing each issue involves a varied group of individuals with specific expertise. Network Leadership, DAIDS Leadership, and HANC work closely with the Office of Clinical Site Oversight (OCSO) and Office of Policy in Clinical Research Operations (OPCRO) at DAIDS to identify site concerns and identify appropriate individuals to engage in ad-hoc working groups dedicated towards addressing specified issues.