Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research

Welcome to the Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research webpage!

The District of Columbia has the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the United States, and the headquarters of numerous HIV/AIDS organizations are located in Washington, DC. Accordingly, there is both the need and opportunity to develop HIV/AIDS-related research activities in Washington, DC. Over the past four years, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The Milken Institute School of Public Health has developed a comprehensive HIV/AIDS research portfolio in collaboration with various domestic and international partners and funding agencies.

Who we are

 

FACULTY

Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH, Center Founder and Director, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; co-founder and Co-Director of the GW HIV/AIDS Institute; PI of the Public Health-Academic Partnership with the DC DOH; Co-Investigator of the CDC-funded National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system in DC; PI of the Partnership for Pediatric AIDS and Public Health with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF); PI of several HIV/AIDS-related projects with WHO and UNICEF; and Site Leader of the DC Clinical Research Site for the NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). Dr Greenberg is Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in HIV/AIDS Studies, Course Director for Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, and a voluntary HIV/AIDS physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC.

Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH, Center Deputy Director, is an Associate Professor in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Magnus is the PI of the CDC-funded National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system in DC; PI of a Monitoring and Evaluation project with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; PI of HPTN 061 and Co-PI of HPTN 064, two HIV Prevention Trials Network studies in DC; and Co-Investigator of the Louisiana IT Networks of Care SPNS project. She is Co-Director of the MPH Program in Epidemiology, Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate of HIV/AIDS Studies, and Course Director for the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS course.

Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Research Professor in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Castel is the PI of surveillance activities and serves as the Chief Epidemiologist in the Strategic Information Bureau at the DC DOH HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, TB Administration; PI of the Project HEART assessment at EGPAF; and Project Director for the DC Cohort Study. She served as the Co-PI of the Monitoring and Evaluation project at the DOH and as an Investigator on a WHO Task-Shifting project. Dr Castel serves as the Course Director for HIV/AIDS Surveillance and the Co-Course Director for Issues in HIV Care and Treatment. She is also a voluntary attending physician at Children's National Medical Center in the Special Immunology Clinic.

Laura Guay, MD, is a Research Professor in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Guay is the Vice President of Research at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), and Co-PI of the UNICEF-funded Operational Research Secretariat with UNICEF. She is a member of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator's Expert Panel on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV transmission, a State Department entity that makes recommendations for scaling up prevention services. She is also a member of the WHO Guideline Committee, which is reviewing guidelines for treating pregnant women and preventing HIV transmission to their infants, and the Pediatric HIV Vaccine Data Monitoring Ethics Committee, which is monitoring HIV vaccine trials in Kenya and the Gambia.

Heather J. Hoffman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is an Investigator on a series of Operational Research studies with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, including "Maternity Interventions Are Key Components to Expanding PMTCT Access in Swaziland", an Infant and Young Child Feeding Public Health Evaluation Protocol in Rwanda, and an Infant Feeding PHE Protocol in Cote d'Ivoire.

Jeanne Jordan, PhD, is a Professor in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Jordan is the Director of the International Institute of Public Health Laboratory Management, the central projects in the Departmental collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories; working on point of care rapid HIV diagnostics with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; and co-Investigator on the HIV Prevention Trials Network 061 and 064 studies.

Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Research Professor in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Kuo is currently Project Director for the CDC-funded National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system in DC; PI of HPTN 064 and Co-PI of HPTN 061, two HIV Prevention Trials Network studies in DC; PI of the Hepatitis Surveillance project at the DOH; and an Investigator on the WHO Task-Shifting and Project HEART Projects (both completed).

James Peterson, EdD, MHA, is a Research Scientist and Ethnographer contributing to several of the DC DOH, HRSA and NIH-funded research projects. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Community Service Assessment project funded through the DC DOH.

Dante Verme, PhD, is a Professor in the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has provided statistical and GIS expertise to HIV/AIDS surveillance activities at the DC DOH.

Heather Young, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr Young has provided statistical expertise to HIV/AIDS surveillance activities at the DC DOH and is currently working on examining cancer patterns among HIV-infected individuals in the District. In addition Dr. Young is providing statistical and epidemiological support for the DC Cohort study.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Stephanie Panichello, MBA, is the Department Manager for the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She serves as the Fiscal Manager providing fiscal oversight for all Center research activities.

Jennifer Skillicorn, MPH, is the Center Executive Coordinator. She also serves as the Executive Coordinator for the GW HIV/AIDS Institute, the DC Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress, and the GW SPHHS Graduate Certificate in HIV/AIDS. She also worked on a monitoring and evaluation project with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Michelle Gill, MPH, is the Executive Coordinator for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)-GW Partnership and the UNICEF project. She has worked on multiple projects including an evaluation of antiretroviral treatment programs in Africa in addition to EGPAF's monitoring and evaluation system.

 

RESEARCH STAFF

Avery Barber, is the Support Assistant for the HIV Prevention Trial Network (HPTN) studies.

Luz Montanez is a bilingual (English/Spanish) field Interviewer who works on the data collection for National Health Behavior Studies (NHBS) projects.

Gregory Phillips, MPH, is the Data Manager for the National Health Behavior Studies (NHBS) project.

Anthony Rawls is a critical member of the Center and serves as the Field Supervisor for the National Health Behavior Studies (NHBS) project and will be the Community Engagement Specialist for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) studies.

Christopher Chauncey Watson is the Field Supervisor for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) studies.

Projects

Local Projects | US Projects | Global Projects

Local

District Of Columbia Department of Health - GW Public Health - Academic Partnership

 

Sponsor: District of Columbia Department of Health
Years of Project: 2006 - Present
Principal Investigator: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, Heather Hoffman, PhD, Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH, Dante Verme, PhD, MS and Health Young, PhD, MPH, CHES

 

Description: In March 2006, the DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS Administration (DOH HAA) and the GW SPHHS Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics developed the "Public Health - Academic Partnership" to work together to improve HIV/AIDS surveillance activities in the District of Columbia. These surveillance efforts have helped to provide a comprehensive picture of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in DC. To date, the Partnership has been highly successful, collaborating extensively on projects including:

  • A comprehensive technical evaluation of HIV/AIDS surveillance in DC;
  • The successful transition to named HIV reporting in DC;
  • The release in October 2007 of the DC HIV/AIDS Surveillance report, which included the first AIDS case data since 2002 and the first HIV data ever in DC and a follow-up annual report in 2008;
  • The successful conduct of the CDC-funded National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System composed of alternating cycles of surveys in three high-risk populations, including heterosexuals, men who have sex with men and injection drug users;
  • A monitoring and evaluation project of the DC DOH's HIV testing campaign with data from over 38,500 clients HIV tested in DC entered and analyzed; and
  • The provision of technical support and analysis for the DC DOH's hepatitis case registry.

 

HIV/AIDS Surveillance

 

Sponsor: District of Columbia Department of Health
Years of Project: 2006 - Present
Project Principal Investigator: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, Dante Verme, PhD, MS, and Heather Young, PhD, MPH

 

Description: Through the DC DOH-GW Partnership, launched in the spring of 2006, a doctoral-level epidemiologist has been embedded at HIV/AIDS Administration as the "Chief HIV/AIDS Epidemiologist." The DOH and GW have worked together to restructure the Surveillance Bureau; hire new and talented technical staff; investigate and enter into the database thousands of previously un-entered cases; clean and de-duplicate the AIDS surveillance database; and initiate named HIV case reporting for the first time in DC. These efforts resulted in the production of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS surveillance report that was released in November 2007 - which contained the first AIDS surveillance data in DC in five years and the first HIV surveillance data in DC ever. An update of this report was released in 2009 and demonstrated HIV/AIDS prevalence rates surpassing those in many sub-Saharan African countries. Additionally, technical work has been done on incidence surveillance data collected by the Bureau and ensuring that it meets CDC guidelines.

National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project

 

Sponsor: District of Columbia Department of Health
Years of Project: 2006 - Present
Project Principal Investigator: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH (Project Director), Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH
Key Staff: James Peterson, EdD, MHA, Anthony Rawls, Kath Shelley, MPH, Luz Montanez, Gregory Phillips, MPH

 

Description: In 2002, CDC developed the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) System to help health departments monitor selected behaviors and assess the use of prevention programs in groups at highest risk for HIV infection. The study is conducted in 20-25 metropolitan areas across the country, including Washington, DC. NHBS is a serial, cross-sectional survey focusing on the three main populations at risk for HIV: men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users (IDU), and heterosexuals at high risk for HIV infection (HET). Conducting NHBS in Washington, DC enhances our understanding of HIV risk and testing behaviors in community-based populations, and the extent to which current HIV-prevention programs are reaching targeted communities. Findings from this study help direct HIV-prevention activities to reduce HIV transmission in the District.

Through the DC DOH-GW Partnership, and in collaboration with DC DOH/HAA, GW works on conducting NHBS in Washington, DC. Locally known as WORD UP (Washington Outreach Research Drive to Understand Prevention), strong community support, including an active Community Advisory Board (CAB), has enabled NHBS to succeed in DC. In 2006-7, 750 high risk heterosexuals were enrolled in collaboration with Family Medical and Counseling Services, with an HIV rate of 5.2%. In 2008, 500 MSM were recruited in venues such as bars, nightclubs, and gymnasiums, with an HIV rate of 13.8%. The NHBS cycle in injection drug users is being conducted in 2009.

Community Service Assessment

 

Sponsor: District of Columbia Department of Health
Years of Project: 2006 - Present
Project Principal Investigator: James Peterson, EdD, MHA
Participating Faculty: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH
Key Staff: Michelle Folkers

 

Description: Through the DC DOH-GW Partnership, The District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Administration (HAA) asked GWU Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to assist with a mandated Community Services Assessment, an integral part of the upcoming 2010 HIV Prevention Plan. The Community Services Assessment (CSA) consists of three parts: a needs assessment, a resource inventory and a gap analysis. The needs assessment describes HIV prevention needs of identified high-risk populations while the resource inventory provides information about existing HIV prevention organizations, programs and interventions. The gap analysis compares the two previous components to identify the met and unmet needs of the targeted populations. Target populations for this project are non-injection substance users, transgender individuals, men who have sex with men (MSM) and high risk heterosexuals.

Viral Hepatitis Surveillance

 

Sponsor: District of Columbia Department of Health
Years of Project: 2008 - Present
Project Principal Investigator: Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, Amanda Castel, MD, MPH and Heather Hoffman, PhD

 

Description: Through the DC DOH-GW Partnership, technical assistance is being provided to the DC DOH to help improve hepatitis surveillance, integrate it with routine HIV/AIDS surveillance, and to assess epidemiologic trends in hepatitis A, B and C and hepatitis/HIV co-infections in DC. More than 30,000 cases of viral hepatitis have been reported from 2001-2007 in the District of Columbia. This information will help guide public funds for targeted and appropriate prevention efforts to curb the incidence and prevalence of viral hepatitis in the District.

Routine Testing Campaign - Monitoring & Evaluation

 

Sponsor: District of Columbia Department of Health
Years of Project: 2006 - 2008
Project Principal Investigators: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, and Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH

 

Description: Through the DC DOH-GW Partnership, retrospective monitoring and evaluation was done of the DC DOH's 2006 Routine HIV Testing Campaign, "Come Together DC-Get Screened for HIV," which encouraged free HIV testing of DC residents ages 14-84 years old through social marketing materials and distribution of free HIV rapid test kits. Washington, DC, was the first US city implementing and supporting widespread routine screening in an effort to increase the number of HIV+ persons who know their status and can be offered treatment. The purpose of this evaluation was to use qualitative and quantitative methods to characterize community and provider perception of the campaign as well as to better understand client- and provider-level correlates of testing and methods to improve testing within the city's population.

DC Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Years of Project: 2008 - Present 
Principal Investigator: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH
Key Staff: Stephanie Panichello, MBA, and Jennifer Skillicorn, MPH

 

Description: In 2008, the District of Columbia and the National Institutes of Health initiated a new partnership to enhance the DC DOH response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with GW serving as the Secretariat. The Partnership is drawing upon a diverse portfolio of universities, health care providers, community-based organizations, and stakeholder groups for design and implementation of specific projects and activities.

The Partnership has developed four initial projects:

  • HIV Prevention Trials Network - two new prevention studies (HPTN 061 and 064) to reduce HIV transmission in high risk men who have sex with high risk men and women.
  • HIV Sub-Specialty Care - enhanced HIV subspecialty services are being developed at three community medical clinics in DC.
  • DC Cohort Study - collection and analysis of data from large medical providers in DC to improve the quality of HIV care in DC.
  • Test and Treat - test the effectiveness of increased HIV testing, linkage to care and ARV adherence interventions to reduce HIV transmission in DC.

 

HIV Prevention Trials Network Clinical Research Site

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Years of Project: 2009 - Present
Site Lead: Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH, and Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Shelita Merchant, PhD,MPH, and Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH (Clinical Research Site Director)
Key Staff: Avery Barber, Melissa Douglas, RN, Vienna Mbagaya, MPH, James Peterson, EdD, MHA, Ashley Price, Anthony Rawls, Kath Shelley, MS, Christopher Chauncey Watson, and Amber Young

 

Description: GW competed successfully to establish The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Clinical Research Site (CRS) site in Washington, DC. The first study, HPTN 061, will determine the feasibility and acceptability of an HIV behavioral intervention among black MSM and help prepare for a future community-level study to test the efficacy of the intervention in reducing HIV incidence in this population. The second study, HPTN 064, will estimate the rate of new HIV cases among women at high risk, and assess risk behaviors and how to develop programs to help reduce these risks. Both of these studies initiated enrollment in the summer of 2009, and will be completed in the next 1-2 years.

DC Cohort

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Years of Project: 2009 - Present
Principal Investigator: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH
Participating Faculty: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, (Project Director) and Heather Young, PhD, MPH
Key Staff: Currently recruiting

 

Description: GW and the Cerner Corporation completed a feasibility assessment for establishing a "DC Cohort." The DC Cohort would be a real-time database of all consenting HIV-infected persons in care at the major clinics in DC. The creation of this city-wide cohort would enable clinicians and public health officials to assess the effectiveness of treatment over time, the proportion of HIV-infected adults who are receiving appropriate care, and to improve the clinical outcomes of HIV-infected persons in DC.


U.S.

Evaluation of SPNS and Care Act Programs

 

Sponsor: HRSA
Years of Project: September 2003 - August 2004
Co-investigator: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH

 

Description: The purpose of this project was to develop a mixed method curriculum specific to evaluators in the field working in the domain of HIV service delivery. The full curriculum was presented in a three-part Institute at the Ryan White All Grantees Meeting in Washington, DC, as well as presented in monograph format to RWCA grantees.

The Lab Tracker Medical Information Systems SPNS Project

 

Sponsor: HSRA HIV/AIDS Bureau; Special Projects of National Significance
Years of Project: October 2002 - December 2006
Evaluator/Co-Investigator: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH

 

Description: The purpose of this study was to administer and analyze provider and patient satisfaction surveys at eight of the HIV clinics throughout the state, and to conduct epidemiologic studies, in order to evaluate the impact of Lab Tracker Information Technology Medical System on care delivery and outcomes. There are three components to this study: Evaluation of provider use of and satisfaction with LT; evaluation of patient satisfaction with LT (including patient educational materials and behavior change among providers); and epidemiologic studies to evaluate the impact of LT on patient care, the identification of patients at risk for negative HIV-related outcomes, and the identification of new trends in HIV-related disease and treatment.


Global

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation - GW Partnership for Pediatric AIDS and Public Health

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2007 - Present
Principal Investigator: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, and Laura Guay, MD
Participating Faculty: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, Heather Hoffman, PhD, Jeanne Jordan, PhD, Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH and Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH
Key Staff: Michelle Gill, MPH

 

Description: In 2007, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and the George Washington University, through the Milken Institute School of Public Health' Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, created the Partnership for Pediatric AIDS and Public Health. The objectives of the Partnership include the provision of technical expertise from GW to support the Foundation's global pediatric HIV/AIDS activities and the creation of innovative educational opportunities for GW students. The Partnership Director, Dr. Alan Greenberg, Professor and Chair of the GW Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, provides technical leadership for the Partnership and serves on the Foundation's Senior Leadership Team. In the past three years, support from GW faculty members, research staff and graduate students has been provided in the areas of program evaluation, biostatistics, laboratory diagnostics, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), operational research and global policy. A notable Partnership accomplishment was the successful recruitment of Dr. Laura Guay to serve both as the Vice President of Research at EGPAF and a Research Professor at GW. Recent examples of collaborative projects include hosting a large global expert consultation on operations research for PMTCT and pediatric care and treatment supported by UNICEF and WHO and conducting a comprehensive assessment of the Foundation's M&E systems. GW graduate students have supported a number of EGPAF projects in the areas of M&E, research, and quality improvement.

Evaluation of EGPAF Antiretroviral Treatment Programs in Three African Countries

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2008 - 2009
Project Principal Investigator: Amanda Castel, MD, MPH
Additional Faculty: Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH
Key Staff: Michelle Gill, MPH, and Jennifer Skillicorn, MPH

 

Project HEART is one of the key programs of the Elizabeth Glaser's Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and was launched in 2004 to provide care and treatment to families, with a particular focus on children. The program supports nearly 200 sites in five countries: Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire, South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique. Through the Partnership, GW faculty and staff, along with a team of external consultants and senior staff at EGPAF developed and executed an assessment of Project HEART in three countries, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire and Tanzania. The goal of the assessment was to gauge the overall success of the program and to determine areas for improvement, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative measures. The final report presented these findings and made recommendations to promote the sustainability of the program over a five-year period.

Monitoring and Evaluation Activities

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2008 - 2009 
Project Principal Investigator: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH 
Key Staff: Michelle Gill, MPH

 

Description: An assessment has been undertaken of EGPAF's monitoring and evaluation systems for its implementation programs in 17 countries, primarily in Africa. The assessment focused on identifying the successes and challenges of the current monitoring and evaluation systems, including components that are working well and areas that could be strengthened. The assessment provides information necessary for further adaptation of the monitoring and evaluation systems in the future.

Rapid Point of Care Diagnostics

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2009- 
Project Principal Investigator: Jeanne Jordan, PhD

 

Description: Through the partnership with EGPAF, Dr. Jordan's laboratory is currently evaluating a nucleic acid amplification test for its ability to detect HIV RNA in whole blood samples and dried blood spot specimens. The results are being compared to HIV RNA viral load results from the same blood draw. The goal of the project is to identify a molecular test that would be suitable for point of care testing to screen newborns at the time of delivery when their mother is known to be HIV-positive, and from young infants, before 18 months of age, while they are being seen in clinic. Unlike HIV serology testing, which cannot be used for infant diagnosis of HIV before the infant is 18-24 months of age, molecular-based testing would allow healthcare workers to detect infections sooner and initiate treatment earlier in infants to improve outcomes.

Biostatistical Support

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser's Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2009- 
Project Principal Investigator: Heather J. Hoffman, PhD

 

Description: GW provides biostatistical support for a series of Operational Research studies with EGPAF, including "Maternity Interventions Are Key Components to Expanding PMTCT Access in Swaziland", an Infant and Young Child Feeding Public Health Evaluation Protocol in Rwanda, and an Infant Feeding PHE Protocol in Cote d'Ivoire.

Technical Assistance for Operational Research Studies in Mozambique

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2008-2009 
Project Principal Investigator: Laura Guay, MD
Additional Faculty: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH
Key Staff: Michelle Gill, MPH

 

Description: GW provided assistance in the protocol development for a formative study on "Evaluating Factors that Influence Pediatric Enrollment into HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs in Two Provinces in Mozambique." The purpose of the study was to characterize barriers and promote factors of identification and enrollment of HIV-positive children into care and treatment programs in Mozambique, as rates of enrollment of children into HIV care and treatment programs is low compared to adult rates, both in Mozambique as well as elsewhere in Africa. Study methods included an inventory of available healthcare resources in conjunction with an evaluation of community leaders, parents/caregivers, pregnant women, and healthcare providers who use and deliver healthcare services.

Technical Assistance to a WHO-funded Rapid Syphilis Testing Project

 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Years of Project: 2008-present 
Project Principal Investigator: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH
Key Staff: Kath Shelley, MS

 

Description: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a partner in the World Health Organization STD Diagnostics Initiative (SDI). The SDI is a program within the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases whose mission is to promote the development, evaluation and application of affordable, rapid, simple point-of-care sexually transmitted infection diagnostics appropriate for primary health care settings in developing countries. The overall goal of the Rapid Syphilis Test Pilot research project is to reduce disease burden associated with syphilis in pregnancy. The project has two primary objectives: 1) to determine the feasibility of increasing access to antenatal syphilis screening using a Same-Day Testing And Treatment (STAT) strategy and 2) to determine the cost effectiveness of introducing quality-assured rapid syphilis testing into existing services for PMTCT and other antenatal care facilities in selected districts of Uganda and Zambia.

GWU - APHL International Institute for Public Health Laboratory Training

 

Sponsor: Association of Public Health Laboratories
Years of Project: 2006 - Present
Project Director: Jeanne Jordan, PhD
Principal Investigator: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH

 

Description: In 2006, GW and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) together created the International Institute for Public Health Laboratory Management. The overall goal of the Institute is to provide training in the management and oversight of public health laboratories, initially for Laboratory Directors and Ministry of Health personnel from PEPFAR target countries, and subsequently for staff from other developing world countries and potentially from domestic laboratories as well. Three Institute seminars have been held at GW for two-week periods in October 2007, 2008 and 2009. Over sixty National Laboratory Directors and senior laboratory personnel from Africa, Asia and South America have participated in these seminars. The faculty of these seminar has included US State Laboratory Directors from throughout the US and GW faculty from the Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

UNICEF Operational Research Secretariat

 

Sponsor: UNICEF
Years of Project: 2009 
Principal Investigators: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, and Laura Guay, MD
Key Staff: Michelle Gill, MPH

 

Description: Supported by UNICEF and WHO, GW in collaboration with EGPAF was selected as the Secretariat for a new initiative to define high priority Operational Research questions that need to be rapidly addressed to support the global scale up of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and pediatric HIV care, support and treatment. As the Secretariat, GW/EGPAF conducted an extensive literature review in the summer of 2009 of nearly 300 manuscripts and more than 100 abstracts to create a database of the published, ongoing, and planned Operational Research literature in four priority areas. In September 2009, an expert consultation was held on the GW campus with more than 70 global experts in pediatric HIV/AIDS attending from international organizations, government, universities, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations to identify gaps in knowledge and the highest priority operational research questions. As Secretariat, GW/EGPAF continues to work with UNICEF and WHO to disseminate the results of this meeting and to work towards ensuring that these high priority operational research questions are addressed in a timely fashion.

World Health Organization

Developing a Regulatory Framework for Task Shifting

 

Sponsor: World Health Organization
Years of Project: 2007 - 2008
Principal Investigators: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH and John Palen, PhD, MPH
Co-Investigators: Seble Frehywot, MD, MHSA, Anne Markus, PhD, JD, Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, and Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH

 

Description: GW faculty from the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Health Policy collaborated with the WHO, the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and numerous collaborating governments and partners to develop a regulatory framework (ie laws and policies) that would support task shifting as a response to the health care worker shortage crisis in the developing world. Task shifting is the redistribution of roles and responsibilities from more highly trained to less highly trained cadres of health care workers, to facilitate the provision of care, treatment and prevention services. Extensive research and site visits to four African countries (Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Namibia) resulted in the successful development of the regulatory framework, which was a critical component of Global Guidelines for Task Shifting released by WHO in January 2007.

Developing a Regulatory Framework for Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems Strengthening

 

Sponsor: World Health Organization
Years of Project: 2008 - 2009
Principal Investigators: Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, Seble Frehywot, MD, MHSA, and Anne Markus, PhD, JD

 

Description: GW faculty from the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Health Policy conducted an analysis of policy implementation at the donor and host country level to provide recommendations to help facilitate synergies between major global health initiatives and health systems. The essential focus of this project was to review existing regulations (laws and policies) that guide the financing and implementation of the global health initiatives at both the donor and host country levels, determine how at present they either facilitate or inhibit the synergy between global health initiatives and health systems, and to develop recommendations on the regulatory issues that would need to be addressed to maximize this synergy.

Presentations

 

2009

Anand K, Samala R, Misra S, Jolaosho J, Magnus M, Greenberg AE, Hader S, Castel AD, West-Ojo T. "Risk Factors and Clinical Outcomes in the Incarcerated Population with AIDS in Washington, DC", accepted for oral presentation at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, Georgia: August 2009.

Castel AD, Cape K, Chowdhury B, Griffin A, West-Ojo T, Hader S. "Assessing the Accuracy of Risk Classification in the Era of Name-Based Reporting", accepted for poster presentation at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, Georgia: August 2009.

Castel AD, Jolaosho, Vargas, Virgo, Engels, Adade, Levine, West-Ojo, Hader, Lynn. "Improved Surveillance through the Matching of HIV/AIDS and Cancer Registries", accepted for poster presentation at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, Georgia: August 2009.

Castel AD, Samala R, Griffin A, Jolaosho T, West-Ojo T, Greenberg AE, Hader S. "A Modern HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Nation's Capitol", accepted for oral presentation at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, Georgia: August 2009.

Castel AD, Gill M, Beatty G, Justice J, Shannon M, Kuo I, Skillicorn J, Bonanno L, Strasser S, Essombo J, Giphart A, Lee S, Marlink R, McCullough R. "An Assessment of Models of Service Delivery Used among HIV Care and Treatment Programs", accepted for poster presentation at the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. Cape Town, South Africa: July 2009.

Castel AD, Gill M, Beatty G, Justice J, Shannon M, Kuo I, Skillicorn J, Bonanno L, Strasser S, Essombo J, Giphart A, Lee S, Marlink R, McCullough R. "Impact of Services Related to the Continuum of Care on Programmatic Outcomes", accepted for poster presentation at the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. Cape Town, South Africa: July 2009.

Hightow-Weidman, Phillips II, G, Smith J, Jones K, Magnus M, Outlaw A, Giordano TP, Richards C, Tinsley M, and Hidalgo J for the YMSM SPNS Initiative Study Group. Prevalence of Transmitted HIV-1 Drug Resistance among Young Men of Color who Have Sex with Men: A multicenter cohort analysis. Accepted as a poster at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Montreal, Canada 2009.

Kuo I, Magnus M, Phillips II G, Shelley K, Rawls A, Montanez L, Peterson J, West-Ojo T, Hader H, and Greenberg AE. Differential HIV prevalence among different categories of substance users using a hierarchical classification system. Submitted as abstract to the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2010.

Kuo I, Magnus M, Shelley K, Rawls A, Montanez L, Goldshore M, Takai B, Jackson S, Folkers M, Landgraf K, Mbagaya M, Peterson J, West-Ojo T, Hader S, and . "Substance use and unprotected anal intercourse among men having sex with men in Washington, DC." Oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2009. August 2009.

Magnus M, Kuo I, Shelley K, Rawls A, Montanez L, Goldshore M, Takai B, Jackson S, Folkers M, Landgraf K, Mbagaya M, Peterson J, West-Ojo T, Hader S, and Greenberg AE. "Acceptance of routine HIV testing and engagement methods among MSM in Washington, DC." Oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2009. August 2009.

Magnus M, Kuo I, Shelley K, Rawls A, Montanez L, Peterson J, Hamilton F, West-Ojo T, Hader S, and Greenberg AE. "Characteristics associated with missed opportunities for HIV testing in a high prevalence urban community." Poster presentation at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Montreal, Canada, 2009. February 2009.

Miles I, Beck D, McCoy R, Kuo I, DiNenno E, Martin T, Barnes J, Magnus M, West-Ojo T, LaLota M, Metsch L, Forrest D, and Reznar M. "The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System Among Heterosexuals At Risk: Experiences In the Field." Panel presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2009. August 2009.

Vangani R, Jolaosho T, Heath J, Furness B, Saenz G, Griffin A, West-Ojo T, Castel AD (presenter), Hader S. "High Prevalence of Concomitant HIV and Syphilis Infections in the Nation's Capital, 2001-2007," accepted for oral presentation at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, Georgia: August 2009.

2008

Castel AD, West T, Jolaosho T, Wu C, Hitchcock D, Rennie L, Magnus M, Sansone M, Greenberg AE. "Routine HIV Screening: Testing Patterns in a High Prevalence City - Washington, DC, 2006-2007", accepted for poster presentation at the 2007 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Boston, MA: February 2008.

Castel AD, Jolaosho, T, Woolfork M, Kuo I, West T, Greenberg AE. "Late to Test: Concurrent HIV/AIDS Diagnoses in a City with High AIDS Prevalence- Washington, DC, 2007", accepted for poster presentation at the 2007 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Boston, MA: February 2008.

Kuo I, Magnus M, Rawls AL, Peterson JA, Shelley KD, West-Ojo T, Hader S, Hamilton F, Greenberg AE. "Recent marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine use not associated with depressive symptoms in a community-based urban population." Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2008. June 2008.

Magnus M, Kuo I, Rawls A, Shelley K, Peterson J, Hamilton F, West-Ojo T, Sansone M, and Greenberg AE. "Gender Differences in Sexual and HIV Testing Behaviors among Heterosexuals at High Risk for HIV in Washington, DC." Poster presentation at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Boston, MA, 2008. February 2008.

Magnus M, Phillips II G, Binson G, Hightow-Weidman L, Richards C, Rock Wohl A, Outlaw A, Giordano TP, Nyathi B, Cobbs W, Sheldon F, Tinsley M, Cajina A, and Hidalgo J for the YMSM SPNS Initiative Study Group. Characteristics associated with retention in HIV care for hard-to-reach adolescent men of color who have sex with men. Accepted as a poster at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Montreal, Canada 2009

Magnus M, Glaser M, Winchell CT, Plant P, Wilbright W, Kaiser M, Ross M, Butler MK. Evaluation of Provider Satisfaction and Patient Outcomes Associated with Use of a Statewide Telemedicine System in Louisiana. Accepted as a poster at the American Telemedicine Association Seattle, WA, 2008. (Delivered by student Michelle Glaser.)

2007

Castel AD, Schenfeld J, Mbagaya V, Wu C, Anand K, Jolaosho T, West T, Magnus M, Peterson J, Hitchcock D, Rennie L, Sansone M, Greenberg AE. "Reasons for Obtaining Testing During a City-wide HIV Screening Campaign", accepted for oral presentation at the 2007 HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, GA: December 2007.

Castel AD, Anand K, Wu C, Jolaosho T, West T, Eniola S, Hitchcock D, Mbagaya V, Schenfeld J, Rennie L, Peterson J, Magnus M, Greenberg AE, Sansone M. "Preliminary Positive HIV Testing Results from a City-wide HIV Screening Campaign, District of Columbia", accepted for oral presentation at the 2007 HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, GA: December 2007.

Castel AD, Anand K, Mbagaya V, Schenfeld J, Wu C, Jolaosho T, Eniola S, West T, Rennie L, Hitchcock D, Sansone M,Magnus M, Kuo I, Peterson J, Greenberg AE. "Resident Participation in a City-wide HIV Screening Campaign, Washington, DC, 2006 – 2007", accepted for oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: November 2007.

Castel A, Rennie, L, Hitchcock D. "Mission Possible: Routine HIV Screening in the Nation's Capital", HIV Prevention and Leadership Summit, Poster. New Orleans, LA: May 22, 2007.

Castel AD, West T, Jolaosho T, Rowe D, Robertson G, Brown D, Mitchell K, Clark L, Rennie L, Hitchcock D, Magnus M, Sansone M, LeSansky H, Greenberg AE. Routine HIV Screening in the District of Columbia Jail, 2006-2007. Accepted as an oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2007.

Jolaosho T, Castel AD, West T, Rowe D, Robertson G, Mitchell K, Clark L, Anand K, Chakraborty R, Mbagaya V, Schenfeld J, Wu C, Hitchcock D, Brown D, Peterson J, Magnus M, Rennie L, Sansone M, Lesansky H. "Rapid testing of Central Detention Facility Inmates during a city-wide HIV screening Campaign-District of Columbia", accepted for oral presentation at the 2007 HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, GA: December 2007.

Kuo, I, Magnus M, Shelley KD, Peterson JA, Rawls AL, West-Ojo T, Hamilton F, Sansone M, Rennie L, Greenberg AE. "Attitudes and Perceptions of Routine HIV Screening Within a Community-Based Population of Heterosexuals in Washington, DC." Poster presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2007. December 2007.

Kuo I, Brown J, Shesser R, Sikka NK, Magnus M, Castel AD, Simon G, Czarnogorski M, Greenberg AE. "Acceptance of Opt-out Routine Screening for HIV Infection at an Urban Emergency Department Following New Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines", for oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: November 2007.

Kuo I, Magnus M, Shelley K, Peterson J, Rawls A, Montanez L, Jackson S, Hamilton F, West T, Sansone M, Greenberg AE. "Homelessness and HIV risk behaviors in urban sample of heterosexuals at high risk for HIV." Oral presentation at the International Urban Health Conference, Baltimore, MD. November 2007.

Magnus M, Kuo I, Shelly KD, Peterson JA, Rawls AL, Jackson S, Montanez L, Nowell M, Jones K, Castel A, Rennie L, West T, Hamilton F, Sansone M, and Greenberg AE. "Associations Between Routine HIV Screening And Unprotected Sex: HIV-Negative Results Not Associated With Increase In Risk Taking." Oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2007. December 2007.

Manya Magnus, Irene Kuo, Katharine Shelley, Anthony Rawls, Sarah Jackson, Luz MontanezJames Peterson, Marie Sansone, Tiffany West-Ojo, Flora Hamilton, and Alan E. Greenberg. "Heterosexuals at high risk of HIV acquisition in Washington, DC. Sexual behavior differences between urban neighborhoods." Oral presentation at the International Urban Health Conference, Baltimore, MD. November 2007.

Magnus M for the SPNS IT Initiative Team. Use of an HIV-Specific Electronic Clinical Management and Reporting System: Provider Satisfaction and Lessons Learned. Promoting HIT Adoption in the HRSA Community: Success through Collaboration. HRSA/OHIT November 2007. Invited panelist and guest speaker.

Magnus M, Castel A, West T, Rennie L, Hitchcock D, Sansone M, and Greenberg AE. Factors associated with participation in a city-wide HIV-testing campaign. Accepted as an oral presentation at the APHA, Washington, D.C., 2007.

Magnus M, Kuo I, Rawls. "National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Update." Oral Presentation for the Care Consortium, Washington, DC. August 2007.

Magnus M, Binson D, Jones K, Phillips II G, Peterson J, Parrish B, Wackerman K, Schulhof R, and Hidalgo H. Hard to Reach HIV+ Adolescent Males of Color who Have Sex with Males: Demographic, Behavioral, and Clinical Characteristics. Accepted as an oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2007.

Peterson J, Kuo I, Magnus M, Shelley K, Rawls AMontanez L, Jackson S, Hamilton F, West T, Sansone M, Greenberg AE. "Ethnographically Informed Formative Assessment: Understanding HIV risk populations in an urban city - The DC example." Poster presentation at the International Urban Health Conference, Baltimore, MD. November 2007.

Rennie L, Castel AD, Hitchcock D. "Lessons Learned from the District of Columbia's Initiative to Implement Routine Screening for HIV", accepted for oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: November 2007. (Award: Excellence in Abstract Submission among New Investigators--Award Winner - Recipient).

Shelley KD, Kuo I, Magnus M, Peterson JA, Rawls AL, Jackson S, Montanez L, West T, Hamilton F, Sansone M, and Greenberg AE. Perceived knowledge of partner's serostatus and multiple sex partners: Preliminary analysis of heterosexuals at high risk for HIV in DC. Poster presentation at the International Urban Health Conference, Baltimore, MD. November 2007.

Publications

 

2009

Castel AC, Magnus M, Peterson J, Anand K, Hitchcock D, Kharfen M, Martin M, Rennie L, Sansone M, Jolasho T, West-Ojo T, Hader S, Greenberg AE. "Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of an innovative city-wide routine HIV testing initiative in the District of Columbia." To be submitted to AIDS.

Castel AD, Cape K, Chowdhury B, Griffin A, West-Ojo T, Hader S. "Assessing the Accuracy of Risk Classification in the Era of Name-Based Reporting." In preparation.

Castel AD, Jolaosho, Vargas, Virgo, Engels, Adade, Levine, West-Ojo, Hader, Lynn. "Improved Surveillance through the Matching of HIV/AIDS and Cancer Registries." In preparation.

Castel AD, Jolaosho, T, Woolfork M, Kuo I, West T, Greenberg AE. "Correlates of Concurrent HIV/AIDS Diagnosis in the District of Columbia, 1996 - 2006," In preparation.

Castel A, Bonanno L, Beatty G, Buono N, Gill M, Justice J, Kuo I, Lee S, Shannon M, Skillicorn J, and McCullough R. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Project HEART Assessment Global Report. January 2009.

Celletti F, Wright A, Palen J, Frehywot S, Markus A, Greenberg AE, Teixeira de Aguiar RA, Holloway J, Campos F, Madraa E, Kamoto K, Assefa Y, Usiku C, Buch E, Samb B. Can the deployment of community health workers represent an effective and sustainable response to the critical shortage of healthcare workers to increase coverage of HIV and non HIV services? Results of a multi-country study. Submitted.

Celletti F, Samb B, Wright AF, Greenberg A, Holloway J. Task shifting in the era of HIV program expansion. In: Marlink RG, Teitelman SJ, eds. From the Ground Up: Building Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Programs in Resource-Limited Settings. Washington, DC: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; AIDS 2009; in press. (Book chapter)

Greenberg AE, Hader SL, Masur H, Young AT, Skillicorn J, Dieffenbach CW. Fighting HIV/AIDS in Washington DC. Health Affairs 2009; in press.

Kuo I, Gyarmathy VA, ul-Hasan S, Zafar T, Strathdee SA. Prevalence and correlates of same-sex behavior among male drug users in Pakistan. Under review, AIDS Education and Prevention

Magnus M, Kuo I, Shelley K, Rawls A, Peterson J, Montanez L, West-Ojo T, Hader S, Hamilton F, Greenberg AE. Risk factors driving the emergence of a generalized heterosexual HIV epidemic in Washington, District of Columbia networks at risk.AIDS. 2009 Jun 19;23(10):1277-84.

Magnus M, Phillips II G, Binson G, Hightow-Weidman L, Richards C, Rock Wohl A, Outlaw A, Giordano TP, Nyathi B, Cobbs W, Sheldon F, Tinsley M, Cajina A, and Hidalgo J for the YMSM SPNS Initiative Study Group. Characteristics Associated with Retention among African American and Latino Adolescent HIV-Positive Men: Results from the Outreach, Care, and Prevention to Engage HIV Seropositive Young MSM of Color Special Project of National Significance Multisite Study. JAIDS. Accepted 6/09. In press.

Magnus M, Herwehe J, Andrews L, Gibson L, Daigreoint N, De Leon JM, Hyslop NE, Styron S, Wilcox, Kaiser M, Butler MK. Evaluating Health Information Technology: Provider Satisfaction with an HIV-Specific, Electronic Clinical Management and Reporting System. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 2009:23:1-7.

Magnus M, Kuo I, Shelley K, Rawls A, Peterson J, Montanez L, West-Ojo T, Hader S, Hamilton F, Greenberg AE. Risk factors driving the emergence of a generalized heterosexual HIV epidemic in Washington, District of Columbia networks at risk. 2009; AIDS 23:1277-1284.

Vangani R, Jolaosho T, Heath J, Furness B, Saenz G, Griffin A, West-Ojo T, Castel AD, Hader S. "Concomitant HIV and Syphilis Infections in the District of Columbia, 2001-2007." In preparation.

World Health Organization Maximizing Positive Synergies Collaborative Group. (Study Group includes Greenberg AE.) An assessment of interactions between global health initiative and country health systems. Lancet 2009; 373:2137-2169.

2008

Brown J, Kuo I, Bellows J, Barry R, Bui P, Wohlgemuth J, Wills E, Parikh N. Patient Perceptions and Acceptance of Routine Emergency Department HIV Testing. Public Health Rep. 2008;Suppl 3:21-26.

Brown J, Shesser R, Simon G, Bahn M, Czarnogorski M, Kuo I, Magnus M, Sikka N. Routine HIV screening in the emergency department using the new CDC guidelines: Results from a high prevalence area. JAIDS. 2007 Dec 1;46(4):395-401.

District of Columbia. District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Update 2008. February 2009. "This report was completed by the combined efforts of many individuals in the DC Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Administration, with major contributions from The Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics." GW faculty acknowledged were Greenberg AE and Castel AD.

District of Columbia. Heterosexual Relationships and HIV in Washington, DC: District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Behavioral Surveillance Summary and Technical Report, 2008.

Greenberg AD, Palen JGH, Frehywot S, Markus AR. A Regulatory Framework for Task Shifting of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care Services. Report submitted to: the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (Drs B Samb and F Celletti). February 1, 2008.

Magnus M. Essential Readings in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Publication date: 12/1/08. ISBN 0763738786.

World Health Organization. Task Shifting: Global Recommendations and Guidelines. 2008. Greenberg AE, Palen JGH, Frehywot S, Markus AR contributed substantially to drafting Recommendations 5 and 6 WHO Lancet paper.

2007

Brown J, Shesser R, Simon G, Bahn M, Czarnogorski M, Kuo I, Magnus M, Sikka N. Routine HIV Screening in the Emergency Department Using the New US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines: Results From a High-Prevalence Area. JAIDS 2007; 46:395-401.

District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Annual Report 2007. November 2007. "This report was completed by the combined efforts of many individuals in the DC Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Administration, with major contributions from The Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics." GW faculty acknowledged were Castel AD, Greenberg AE, Verme D, and Young H.

Press

 

Aggressive Testing, Treatment Reduces Spread of HIV
Business Week, February 17, 2010
A public health campaign to test and treat people who don't know they have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has cut the rate of new infections in San Francisco. A similar effort in Washington, where three percent of people are HIV-infected, the highest rate among U.S. cities, led to earlier diagnosis and treatment of people with the virus. GW's Amanda Castel, M.D., assistant research professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, says that the expanded effort in Washington to test city residents, including those incarcerated in city jails, has paid dividends. To read the full article, please click here.

District, NIH prepares for battle against HIV/AIDS
Washington Post - January 22, 2010
An editorial in the Washington Post highlights the D.C. Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress, which is a District-wide initiative and partnership between the NIH and DC DOH, with the GW Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics participating in two of the four major pillars of the partnership. To read the full article, please click here.

District, NIH announce new initiative aimed at HIV/AIDS epidemic
Washington Post - January 13, 2010
The District government and the National Institutes of Health on Monday announced the launch of a $26.4 million initiative to attack the city's HIV/AIDS epidemic with expanded testing and treatment to reduce the level of the virus in its victims and hopefully decrease their chances of spreading the disease. To read this article, please click here.

Making an Investment in Prevention
GW Progress - November, 2009
The George Washington University's Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research recently received an NIH Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for $3 million, providing additional funding for two ongoing HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) studies exploring HIV/AIDS epidemiology and prevention research. To read this article, please click here.

About

Currently in the Department, ten faculty members, 15 research and administrative staff members and 24 students receive external funding to work on HIV/AIDS research, and it is anticipated that these numbers will continue to grow in the months and years ahead. Accordingly, the Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research (the "Center") was founded in May 2009 and chartered by the University, to bring the faculty and staff working on HIV/AIDS research projects in the Department into a single Center with the following goals.

 

Currently in the Department, ten faculty members, 15 research and administrative staff members and 24 students receive external funding to work on HIV/AIDS research, and it is anticipated that these numbers will continue to grow in the months and years ahead. Accordingly, the Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research (the "Center") was founded in May 2009 and chartered by the University, to bring the faculty and staff working on HIV/AIDS research projects in the Department into a single Center with the following goals.

CENTER GOALS:

  1. To contribute to the reduction of HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality both locally in Washington, DC and globally.
  2. To serve as a Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS-related epidemiology, biostatistics and public health laboratory research at The George Washington University.
  3. To promote training in HIV/AIDS research that will contribute to the development of the next generation of HIV/AIDS researchers.
  4. To promote scientific collaboration with HIV/AIDS researchers throughout GW and Washington, DC.

 

Contact

 

 

Center Executive Coordinator 
Ms. Jennifer Skillicorn, MPH
sphjls@gwumc.edu

Center Director
Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH
aeg1@gwu.edu

Center Deputy Director
Manya Magus, PhD, MPH
sphmdm@gwumc.edu