The Third Coast CFAR is pleased to announce the winners of its Winter 2016 pilot award competition. The projects funded represent faculty in multiple disciplines at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Dr. John Schneider, Director of the Developmental Core, praised all of the applicants for submitting impressive proposals. “The review committee and I were very pleased to see the innovative projects new investigators are pursuing. Expanding the scope of the research questions our faculty want to answer is a key piece of the CFAR’s mission.”

In June 2016, the Developmental Core will release an RFA for the second round of 2016 pilot awards.



Preventing HIV sexual transmission through in vivo functional optical imaging

Hao Zhang, PhD, MS, Associate Professor at Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering





PrEParing Our Youth: Parent and Adolescent Perspectives on Parental Involvement in PrEP Decision-Making among Younger Black MSM and Transgender Women

Alida Bouris, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor at University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration





Heart Failure Phenotyping in a Novel, Ethnically Diverse HIV Cohort

Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, MSc  and Matthew J. Feinstein, MD, MPH 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Divisions of Epidemiology and Cardiology




Blocking Vif-independent APOBEC3G degradation: Mechanisms and Anti-HIV Effects

Chisu Song, PhD,  Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases



hossein ardehali


Insights into the mechanism for HIV-related heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD, Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Department of Pharmacology


This round of pilot funding was made possible with help from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), an NIH funded center (P30 AI 117943)