Symposium Overview

On Thursday, October 2, 2017, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research hosted the 2017 Annual Symposium: Bridging the Disciplines to Understand HIV Transmission. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the goal of the Third Coast CFAR Symposium is to integrate cellular, molecular, clinical, and behavioral perspectives into three sessions that examine HIV transmission in the context of the host, the virus, and intervention.

The sessions included invited experts from outside Chicago as well as short talks from Third Coast CFAR investigators. Two poster sessions showcased the breadth of HIV/AIDS research being conducted across Chicago as well as highlighting services provided by the Third Coast CFAR.

Symposium Information

The Annual Third Coast CFAR Symposium, Bridging the Disciplines to Understand HIV Transmission, will took place at the Prentice Women’s Hospital Third Floor Conference Center October 2, 2017.

Third Coast Center for AIDS Research
625 N Michigan Ave.
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611

Prentice Women’s Hospital 3rd Floor Conference Center
250 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Symposium Agenda

Detailed schedule

7:30 a.m.         Continental Breakfast & Poster Set-up          Prentice Third Floor Atrium and Corridor

8:00 a.m.         Welcome                                                                    Levin-Bernick Auditorium
Rex L. Chisholm, PhD, Associate Vice President for Research
Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine
Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics
Northwestern University

8:10 a.m.         Session I: Focus on Host                                       Levin-Bernick Auditorium
8:10 am “Antiretroviral Drugs in the Treatment and Prevention of HIV Infection”
Paul Volberding, MD, University of California San Francisco

8:40 am “Finding Ways to Limit HIV Infection and Persistence in Gut-Homing Th17 Cells”
Petronela Ancuta, PhD, University of Montreal

9:10 am “The Biology of How Circumcision Reduces HIV-1 Susceptibility”
Jessica L. Prodger, PhD, Western University

9:40 am “Time Course Comparison of HIV/SIV Infected Cell Phenotypes at Anorectal Mucosa”
Danijela Maric, PhD, Northwestern University

9:50 am “Control of Retrovirus Neutralizing Antibodies by Non-Classical MHC Molecules”
Tatyana Golovkina, PhD, University of Chicago

10:00 am “Preventing HIV Sexual Transmission Through In Vivo Functional Optical Imaging”
Hao Zhang, PhD, Northwestern University

10:10 am Moderated Discussion
Thomas Hope, PhD, Northwestern University

10:30 a.m.      Poster Flash Talks                                                   Levin-Bernick Auditorium

10:40 a.m.      Poster Session I                                                        Prentice Third Floor Atrium

11:40 a.m.       Buffet Lunch                                                              Prentice Third Floor Atrium

12:30 p.m.      Session II: Focus on Virus                                    Levin-Bernick Auditorium
12:30 pm “Behind Door #3: The Un-Named HIV-1 Entry Phenotype That Represents The Transmitted Virus and Most Everything Else”
Ron Swanstrom, PhD, University of North Carolina

1:00 pm “HIV Adaptation as a Window into the HLA-Mediated Immune Response”
Jonathan Carlson, PhD, Microsoft

1:30 pm “Informing Public Health Action Using Molecular HIV Surveillance in Illinois”
Nanette Benbow, MAS, Northwestern University

1:40 pm Moderated Discussion
Jessica Ridgway, MD, University of Chicago

2:00 p.m.      Poster Flash Talks                                                   Levin-Bernick Auditorium
2:10 p.m.       Poster Session II                                                      Prentice Third Floor Atrium

3:10 p.m.        Session III: Focus on Interventions                Levin-Bernick Auditorium
3:10 pm “Intertwined Epidemics: Addressing Mental Health Syndemics for Those Struggling with HIV Self-Care”
Steven Safren, PhD, University of Miami

3:40 pm “Through the Looking Glass: Translating Bio-Behavioral Research into Interventions with HIV-Positive Stimulant Users”
Adam Carrico, PhD, University of Miami

4:10 pm Moderated Discussion
Judith Moskowitz, PhD, Northwestern University

4:20 pm “Third Coast CFAR Research Focused on Ending HIV Transmission”
Brian Mustanski, PhD, Third Coast CFAR Co-director, Northwestern University

4:30 pm “Status of the Epidemic in Chicago: Overview of Third Coast CFAR Research”
Richard T. D’Aquila, MD, Third Coast CFAR Director, Northwestern University

4:40 pm “Network Canvas: A Software Suite for the Collection of Complex Network and Contextual Data in HIV and Drug Research”
Michelle A. Birkett, PhD, Northwestern University

4:50 pm “Junior Faculty Innovation at the University of Chicago: Networks, Modeling and Integrated Care Continuums”
John A. Schneider, MD, University of Chicago

5:00 pm “2GETHER: Relationship Education and HIV Prevention for Young Male Couples”
Michael E. Newcomb, PhD, Northwestern University

5:10 pm “User Acceptance Research for the Development of an Implant for Sustained Long Acting Protection Against HIV”
Robert Schieffer, Northwestern University

5:30 pm Moderated Discussion
Brian Mustanski, PhD, Northwestern University

5:50 p.m.        Thank you                                                                 Levin-Bernick Auditorium
Thomas Hope, PhD, Northwestern University
Judith Moskowitz, PhD, Northwestern University
Jessica Ridgway, MD, University of Chicago

6 p.m.              Reception                                                                  Prentice Third Floor Atrium

Register for Symposium

Call for Abstracts

Administrative Contacts

Kamara Fant

Fern Murdoch

The Third Coast CFAR Symposium Organizing Committee

Thomas Hope, PhD                                      
Cell and Molecular Biology
Northwestern University

Judith Moskowitz, PhD
Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University

Jessica Ridgway, MD
Medicine/Infectious Diseases
University of Chicago

The Third Coast CFAR Symposium Sponsors