Administrative Core


Steering Committee
Richard T. D’Aquila, M.D., Northwestern University, CFAR Director
Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Northwestern University, CFAR Co-Director
John Schneider, M.D., M.P.H., The University of Chicago, Developmental Core Director

Directors Committee
Steering committee members, as well as:
Babafemi O. Taiwo, M.B.B.S., Northwestern University, Clinical Sciences Core Director
David Pitrak, M.D., The University of Chicago, Clinical Sciences Core Co-Director
Ellen Gould Chadwick, M.D., Northwestern University, Clinical Sciences Core Co-Director
Judith T. Moskowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Northwestern University, BSIS Core Director
Alida Bouris, Ph.D., M.S.W., The University of Chicago, BSIS Core Co-Director
Thomas J. Hope, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Viral Pathogenesis Core Director
Nanette Benbow, M.A.S., END HIV Scientific Working Group Director
Dexter R. Voisin, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., The University of Chicago, END HIV Scientific Working Group Co-Director

Internal Advisory Board
Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M., Northwestern University
Julian Solway, M.D., The University of Chicago
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., Northwestern University
David Kern, Chicago Department of Public Health
Eva Gottwein, Ph.D., Northwestern University
C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Eduardo Alvarado, M.P.H., Illinois Department of Public Health
Mojgan Naghavi, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Jenny Trinitapoli, Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Laimonis Laimins, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Steven Wolinsky, M.D., Northwestern University

Robert Garofalo, M.D., Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
John Phillip Phair, M.D., Northwestern University
John Peller, M.P.P., AIDS Foundation of Chicago

External Scientific Advisory Board
Paul Volberding, M.D., University of California San Francisco
Susan Cu-Uvin, M.D., Brown University
Steven Safren, Ph.D., University of Miami
Lisa Frenkel, M.D., University of Washington
Ron Swanstrom, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Carl Latkin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Carlos Del Rio, M.D., Emory University

Community Collaboration Board Chairs
Héctor Torres, Center on Halsted
David Ernesto Muñar, Howard Brown Health

Scientific Agenda

The Administrative Core of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research provides coordinating leadership, management, communication, and networking for all HIV/AIDS research across Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, as well as collaborating effectively with the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health and CFAR’s community partners.

Services and Resources

Research Navigation

Research Navigation is provided by the Administrative Core team, in order to link Third Coast CFAR members to specialized research design and implementation services. This will efficiently guide users to the optimal resources for their individual discipline and method-specific need. Navigation involves teamwork of our administrators with the Scientific Cores to direct members to services across Third Coast CFAR institutions.

Research Seminars and Symposia

In collaboration with the other cores, the Administrative Core holds two seminars each month to highlight state-of-the-art research occurring throughout Third Coast CFAR institutions or anywhere in the world, as well as to feature presentations designed to increase cross-disciplinary brainstorming and collaboration. Visit the Events page to for more information on the seminars and the annual Third Coast CFAR symposium.

END HIV Scientific Working Group

The END HIV Scientific Working Group is designed to incubate new collaborations among biomedical and behavioral/social science researchers leading to NIH submissions, and to enhance community participation in those projects. The focus is on HIV research among young MSM, including on such topics as HIV prevention, linkage to care/retention, and translational research involving recently-infected subjects.


Every two years the Administrative Core organizes a mentor training workshop for faculty, and the core also supports mock reviews of grant proposals through the Developmental Core.