Third Coast CFAR Mucosal Biology and HIV Interest Group

Brian Mustanski and Tom Hope are leading an effort to build collaborations and new interdisciplinary HIV research on the intersections of mucosal biology and behavioral science. This is expected to include such topics as STIs and HIV transmission across rectal and female reproductive tract mucosa, inflammation related to HIV in the mucosa and systemically, and the microbiome and HIV acquisition/inflammation. It is anticipated to include biological, clinical intervention, and implementation science approaches by investigators at both Northwestern and University of Chicago. Third Coast CFAR leadership is strongly encouraging one or more LOIs for the CFAR MIG RFP from this interest group. Stay tuned for more information from Tom and Brian.