• Awards Presented

    January 1, 1970 pendari Community

    [Spotlight originally posted March, 2011]

    The Community Advisory Boards of the NYU Medical School, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital ACTU, CFAR, IMPAACT, HVTN, and The Men’s Sexual Health Project held its annual CAB appreciation dinner at a midtown Manhattan restaurant on January 21st. The dinner was hosted by the ACTU’s Dr. Judith Aberg and IMPAACT’s Dr. William Borkowsky and is an opportunity for the staff to show its appreciation for the hard work by the CAB and community efforts by the members throughout the year. The 11 present members of our CAB work with almost two dozen HIV-related organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The CAB has been in continuous existence since the very early 1980s when the first cases of AIDS were treated by NYU’s Dr. Fred Valentine who immediately started meeting with members of the gay community.  Officially organized in 1986 and passing bylaws and electing officers in 1996, the CAB meets 10 times annually at evening meetings preceded by a light supper.

    They then have a two-hour meeting including officers’ reports, protocol reviews, CAB Draft discussions and questionnaires, and educational discussions with the PIs often using the “white board” and markers to amplify their lectures. The meetings are always fully attended by both CAB members and staff who serve in an ex officio capacity and who play a critical role in educating in all aspects of HIV treatment and prevention.

    This year’s awardees included both CAB members and staff members. The awardees are:

    Emerline Lam, ACTU Staff Honor Award
    Carlos Mavestutto, MD, ACTU Fellow Honor Award
    Demetre Daskalakis, MD, ACTU Researcher Honor Award
    Michelle Cespedes, MD, ACTU Researcher Honor Award
    Richard Silvera, MPH, ACTU Researcher Honor Award
    Richard Hutt, RN, ACTU Researcher Honor Award
    Karen Cavanagh, RN, ACTU Researcher Honor Award
    Janet Forcht, RN, ACTU Researcher Honor Award


    CAB Members:
    Gayle Dorsky, Outstanding CAB Member Award
    Lydia Mercado, CAB Member Honor Award
    Lorenzo Penn, CAB Member Spirit Award
    Jannet Tollinche, CAB Member Spirit Award
    Father Jonathan Sampson Cossey, CAB Member Humanitarian Award and the ACTG CAB Bridget Murtagh Award

    Initiated in 2010 by CAB Chair Don MacIver, the walnut-framed award certificates are a tangible recognition of the many years of dedication and service by both staff and community volunteers. The dinner was a complete success on a cold snowy night in New York City — the Big Apple!

    Written by Don MacIver, CAB Chair and GCAB Co-chair
    Photos by Bill Bahlman, CCS Member and GCAB Alternate

    (Pictured above: Don MacIver, Dr. Michelle Cespedes and her daughter)
    (Pictured below: Gus Vianna Biehler, Bill Bahlman, Fatime Velasquez, Don MacIver, Janet Tollinche, and Dr. Judith Aberg)

  • Global Community Advisory Board

    January 1, 1970 pendari Community

    [Spotlight originally posted November, 2010]

    The Global Community Advisory Board (GCAB) is an important part of the ACTG, providing insight into community concerns regarding current and future research and taking research information back to the members’ CRS CABs. Community participation in the ACTG began in 1989 and has increased steadily over the years, with community members sitting on each protocol team and ACTG committee, reviewing developing studies, commenting on proposed research, contributing to the CAB newsletter and participating in educational calls.

    In June 2010, 82 community members from 70 sites attended the ACTG Group Meeting, discussing several research issues and needs in their communities and participating in the science and support sessions.  Getting to know a group that large, which meets annually, is a challenge. This year attendees were asked to share what is beautiful about their homes. A display of flags was created by a CAB member, including all the states and countries represented by the ACTG.  It helped everyone feel like they were connected and had a stake in the far flung homes of their peers.

    Pictured top: Don MacIver and Sharon Maxwell, GCAB cochairs