Projects

Overview of Projects

The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research is an independent public/private partnership including government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, HIV researchers and clinicians, and the HIV patient advocacy community. Our mission is to enhance and facilitate HIV research.

The Forum's key functions are to:

  • Assess current knowledge, practice patterns, ongoing studies and information in all areas affecting HIV disease including the basic, clinical and social sciences, public health and health services research;
  • Identify gaps in the current HIV/AIDS knowledge base in any of these areas, which, if filled, would answer critical questions
  • Provide mechanisms for experts from the Forum constituencies to meet, discuss, and synthesize information relevant to the issue
  • Recommend steps that will fill the identified gaps
  • Catalyze appropriate stakeholders to act on the recommendations.
  • Facilitate the development of a strategy and propose new mechanisms to conduct the needed studies, should existing sources prove inadequate to do so.

The Forum is part of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and housed at the University of California Washington Center, Washington DC.

Forum Areas of Activity:

Initially, the Forum's focus centered on issues related to treatment strategies, adherence and treatment guidelines. The Forum has since broadened its scope to include treatment- related toxicities, immune-based therapies, health services research and co-infections. Most recently, the Forum has initiated a series of projects related to global HIV/AIDS, including the transfer of diagnostic and monitoring technologies to resource poor settings and facilitating collaboration and cooperation among training programs in Africa.Project themes and reports for past activities are listed under Publications .

The outcomes of the Forum meetings include the initiation of new research programs, establishment of collaborative projects, a more in depth look into issues raised by the appropriate agencies and various research related activities.

Forum Cure Project Webcast

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Video from the June 17th Forum Cure Project meeting on Regulatory Pathway for HIV Cure Research

 

 

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2012 National Summit Videos

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Webcast: Safety Issues in PrEP

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SEP-21-11 Video from the August 19th, 2011 PrEP Safety Issues meeting is now available here.
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Congressional Briefing: Women Living with HIV

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IMG 2209On Monday, July 21, 2014, the 30 for 30 campaign and Congresswoman Barbara Lee hosted a Congressional briefing titled, "Sustaining Care, Treatment and Essential Services for Women Living with HIV and the Future of the Ryan White Program."  The moderator and panelists included: C. Virginia Fields (Executive Director, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS), Vignetta Charles (Senior Vice President, AIDS United), Robert Greenwald (Director, Treatment Access Expansion Project and Director, Center’s Health Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School), Margot Kirkland (Senior Program Associate, DC Care and Health Advocate for the Ryan White Program), Ivy Turnbull (Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Alliance), and Alison Yager (Supervising Attorney, HIV Policy at HIV Law Project).

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White House Update on National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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What if there was a law that criminalized sneezing in public?  Sneezing can transmit influenza, and if we prevent everyone from sneezing in public - we could prevent flu from spreading, right?

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Hepatitis C Testing Coverage under ACA

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) roll out has an effect on many aspects of HIV and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) care.  Carl Schmid, the Deputy Executive Director at the AIDS Institute hosted a webinar on July 10, 2014 entitled, "Coverage of Hepatitis C Testing Under the Affordable Care Act."
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Independence Weekend Staff Lunch

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For the Independence Day holiday, the HIV Forum staff went out for lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. It was fun to catch up on all our current projects, plans for the long weekend, and general Forum talk. 

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Empowerment and Cultural Change

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The Positive Action Southern Initiative (PASI) Webinar series addresses issues related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South. The June 30th webinar was titled "Empowerment and Cultural Change: Engaging Women with HIV and Using Narrative to Breakdown Stigma and Improve Care".

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10th Annual National HIV Testing Day

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June 27, 2014 marks the nation's 10th annual National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).  NHTD was first observed on June 27, 1995 to support and promote the importance of HIV testing.

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Sex and Politics: Harm Reduction

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The discussion this week featured panelists representing the Drug Policy Alliance, Metro TeenAIDS, HIPS, and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and addressed how these organizations use harm reduction principles to combat the HIV/HCV epidemic and war on drugs specifically in Washington, D.C.

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