Scientific Working Group


Nanette Benbow, MAS, Northwestern University
END HIV SWG Director

Dexter R. Voisin, PhD, LCSW, The University of Chicago
END HIV SWG Co-Director

Internal Advisory Committee

David Kern, Chicago Department of Public Health
John Peller, MPP, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, Northwestern University
Eduardo Alvarado, MPH, Illinois Department of Public Health

Scientific Agenda

The END HIV Scientific Working Group is designed to incubate new collaborations between biomedical and behavioral/social science researchers leading to NIH submissions and to enhance community participation in those projects. The primary focus of these collaborations is on HIV research among young men who have sex with men and includes topics such as HIV prevention, linkage to care/retention, and translational research involving recently-infected individuals.

END HIV’s goal is achievable through multilevel collaborations that draw on the various expertise at Third Coast CFAR institutions: biomedical, behavioral, and implementation sciences at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago; population-level data and large-scale intervention initiatives by the Chicago Department of Public Health; policy research, advocacy, and provider/patient education by AIDS Foundation of Chicago; and community services and consultation provided by Center on Halsted.