Administrative Core

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. The administrative core also leads overarching, effective collaboration between the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health, Third Coast CFAR community partners, as well as the National Institutes of Health and the national CFAR network.

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 HIV research. The series showcases the work of global leaders and local experts in HIV basic, translational, clinical, and behavioral science. The seminar series is also designed to increase brainstorming and collaboration across disciplines and across academic institutions and community organizations.

The Third Coast CFAR also organizes an annual day-long symposium that allows the CFAR community to delve into a particular set of topics related to research on HIV prevention, treatment, and basic science. Symposia attract international speakers and bring together faculty, trainees, community partners, and practitioners interested in discussing findings from global, national, and local research.

Visit the Events page to for more information on the seminars and the annual Third Coast CFAR symposium.


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.


Steering Committee

Richard T. D’Aquila, MD, Northwestern University
CFAR Director

Brian Mustanski, PhD, Northwestern University
CFAR Co-Director

John Schneider, MD, MPH, The University of Chicago
Developmental Core Director

Directors Committee

Steering committee members, as well as:
Babafemi Taiwo, MBBS, Northwestern University
David Pitrak, MD, The University of Chicago
Ellen Gould Chadwick, MD, Northwestern University
Judith Moskowitz, PhD, MPH, Northwestern University
Alida Bouris, PhD, MSW, The University of Chicago
Thomas Hope, PhD, Northwestern University
Nanette Benbow, MAS, Northwestern University
Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH, Northwestern University
Gregory Phillips II, PhD, MS, Northwestern University
Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD, Northwestern University

Internal Advisory Board

David Kern, Chicago Department of Public Health
Rex L. Chisholm, PhD, Northwestern University
Harold Pollack, PhD, The University of Chicago
Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Northwestern University
John Peller, MPP, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Julian Solway, MD, The University of Chicago
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, PhD, Northwestern University
Robert Garofalo, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital
C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, Northwestern University
Eric Pamer, MD, The University of Chicago
Jennifer Jao, MD, Northwestern University
Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD, The University of Chicago
Laimonis Laimins, PhD, Northwestern University

External Scientific Advisory Board

Paul Volberding, MD, University of California San Francisco
Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, Brown University
Steven Safren, PhD, University of Miami
Lisa Frenkel, MD, University of Washington
Ron Swanstrom, PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Carl Latkin, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Carlos Del Rio, MD, Emory University

Community Collaboration Board Chairs

Héctor Torres, Center on Halsted
David Ernesto Munar, Howard Brown Health