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.

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

Brian Mustanski, PhD, Northwestern University
CFAR Director

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

John Schneider, MD, MPH, University of Chicago
Site Principal Investigator

Jessica Ridgway, MD, MS, University of Chicago
Clinical Sciences Core Director

Directors’ Committee

Steering committee members, as well as Core and SWG directors.

Internal Advisory Board

C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, Northwestern University
Rex L. Chisholm, PhD, Northwestern University
Robert Garofalo, MD, Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital
David Kern, Chicago Department of Public Health
Laimonis Laimins, PhD, Northwestern University
Diane Lauderdale, PhD, University of Chicago
Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Northwestern University
Eric G. Pamer, MD, University of Chicago
John Peller, MPP, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Harold Pollack, PhD, University of Chicago
Julian Solway, MD, University of Chicago
Babafemi O. Taiwo, MBBS, Northwestern University

External Scientific Advisory Board

Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, (Chair), Providence-Boston CFAR
Dick Chaisson, MD, JHU CFAR
Lisa Frenkel, MD, UW/Fred Hutch CFAR
Renee Heffron, PhD, UAB CFAR
Colleen Kelley, MD, Emory CFAR
Steve Safren, PhD, Miami CFAR
Ron Swanstrom, PhD, UNC CFAR