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Each month the ACTG Network issues a Newsletter highlighting the latest news and updates regarding our staff and clinical trial sites.  Additionally, the Newsletter serves to keep those in the HIV/AIDS community up-to-date on the latest research findings, as well as to highlight those who advocate to reduce stigma and promote participation in clinical trials.

 

  • October 2017 Newsletter
     
  • Spetember 2017 Newsletter
     
  • August 2017 Newsletter
     
  • July 2017 Newsletter
    In the July edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we announce Vice Chair Dr. Judith Currier has been elected to succeed Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes as ACTG Network Chair and Dr. Joseph Eron has been elected as the new ACTG Network Vice Chair. Read a full wrap-up of the 2017 Annual ACTG Network Meeting including Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Plenary presentation as well as a summary of the Research and Community Awards Ceremonies. Read the latest Spotlight Article featuring Anna Benbrook from our Emory University site and take a historic look at back at 2003 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • June 2017 Newsletter
    In the June edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter learn how those unable to attend the 2017 Annual ACTG Network Meeting can stay up-to-date on the latest research being presented via Twitter. Find out how much money the Leadership and Operations Center team fundraised for the 2017 AIDS Walk Boston and view photos from the event. We share the latest HAILO Connection Newsletter and take a historic look back at 2000 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.

  • May 2017 Newsletter
    In the May edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we share news that Dr. Carla Pettinelli will retire from the Federal Government after more than 40 years of service in the HIV Research Branch of the Therapeutic Research Program at the Division of AIDS (DAIDS). In addition, find out why Dr. Bruce Walker, ACTG Network Investigator at our Massachusetts General site, was selected to receive this year’s AIDS Walk Boston Heroes in Action Award and take a historic look back at 1985 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.

  • April 2017 Newsletter
    In the April edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter read an article from the Boston Herald outlining the risks association with HIV and cardiovascular disease featuring Dr. Steven Grinspoon, ACTG Network Investigator at our Massachusetts General Hospital site, and Les Grant, a REPRIEVE Trial study participant. In addition, we share news of a report in PLOS Pathogens highlighting the results of A5325 which indicate levels of HIV-1 persistence on ART not associated with markers of inflammation or activation.  Read the latest Spotlight article featuring Dr. Davey Smith from our University of California, San Diego site and take a historic look back at 1987 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • March 2017 Newsletter
    In the March edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we introduce the new and improved Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance (CPQA) Website and share a Q&A style interview with  Sue Siminski, Director of Frontier Science’s Amherst, NY office and Principal Investigator of the Statistical and Data Management Center for the CPQA Program.  Learn about latest updates regarding Protocol A5345: Biomarkers to Predict Time to Plasma HIV RNA Rebound and take a historical look at back 1993 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • February 2017 Newsletter
    In the February edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter review some of the highlighted ACTG Network presentations from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017, held in Seattle, WA. Read a guest blog titled “A Community Response to the Name Change of AIDS.gov to HIV.gov” contributed by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Lionel Hillard, Global Community Advisory Board Co-Chairs. We share news of the passing of Louis Zimmerman, a Community Board Advisory Member from our University of Colorado, Denver site and take a historic look back at 1994 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • January 2017 Newsletter
    In the January edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter learn about some of our Investigators who were recently featured in Healio.com and Medscape.com sharing the most up to date insights on HIV research. In addition, read the latest Spotlight article featuring Chanelle Houston from our ACTG Network Coordination Center at Social and Scientific Systems in Silver Spring, MD.  We take a historic look back at 2013 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History and provide a link to an informative webinar: “Examining the Role of Health Communication Across the HIV Treatment Continuum.”
     
  • December 2016 Newsletter
    In the December edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter hear from Network Leadership as they reflect on 30 years of HIV/AIDS research and challenge us all to redouble our efforts to complete the work we have begun. Also, meet  David Currin, RN, ACRN, CCRC of our University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill site who was recently named North Carolina’s HIV/AIDS 2016 Certified Nurse of the Year.  Read the latest HAILO Connection and take a historic look at 1983 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • November 2016 Newsletter
    In the November edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter read a feature article from the Boston Herald profiling our 30th Anniversary and meet one of our earliest clinical trial study participants, Adam Barrett. In addition, we share news of the results of Protocol A5340 published in the New England Journal of Medicine and celebrate two of our Community Advisory Board Members who were named to the Poz Magazine ‘Poz 100 List.’ We also take a historic look back at 2007 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • October 2016 Newsletter
    In the October edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we share news of the re-launch of our new and improved public website and provide an update on Protocol A5353.  Additionally, REPRIEVE announces an impressive enrollment milestone and the Neurology Collaborative Science Group releases an educational video highlighting relaxation techniques for study participants undergoing a lumbar puncture procedure.  Read an article in memoriam of Luis Lopez-Detres, a Community Advisory Board Member and Weill Cornell University Staff Member, and take a historic look back at 1998 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History. 
     
  • September 2016 Newsletter
    In the September edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter meet Aisha Zaidi, the ACTG Network Leadership and Operations Center new Executive Director. In addition, read the latest Spotlight article featuring Dr. Shobha Swaminathan from our Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School Clinical Research Site in Newark, New Jersey. We take a historic look back at 1988 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History and encourage clinical research sites to begin preparing for media outreach surrounding the ACTG Network’s 30th Anniversary and World AIDS Day 2016.
     
  • August 2016 Newsletter
    In the August edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter watch our newly released educational video, “Understanding the Importance of Women and Minorities Participating in ACTG Network Clinical Trials" to learn about optimal strategies for increasing recruitment and retention of women, particularly women of color, in ACTG Network clinical trials. Additionally, check out several articles featuring ACTG Network Investigators in a variety of news outlets and read the inaugural issue of the A5321/AHRC (ACTG HIV Reservoir Cohort Study) Bulletin.  We take a historic look at 1985 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History and provide information about how to take part in “A Day with HIV.”
     
  • July 2016 Newsletter
    In the July edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we provide a complete wrap-up of the 2016 Annual ACTG Network Meeting including a link to the Opening Plenary Talk given by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, as well as a list of all ACTG Network 2016 award winners.  In addition, readers will find a summary of updates from the 2016 International AIDS Conference and two guest blogs contributed by our Community Advisory Board Co-Chairs, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Lionel Hillard.
     
  • June 2016 Newsletter
    In the June edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we invite readers to join the conversation utilizing our social media channels. Learn the latest on Protocol 5322 from “The HAILO Connection and find out how much funds were raised by the Leadership and Operations Center Team at this year’s AIDS Walk Boston.  Additionally, we take a historic look back at the year 2000 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • May 2016 Newsletter
    In the May edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter read the final installment of Understanding the Clinical Trial Enrollment Process: Understanding the Trial Closing, Re-Enrollment and Study Participant Un-Blinding Process. Learn about Hepatitis Awareness Month and the need for increased hepatitis testing and treatment for individuals living with HIV.  Also, meet Baiba Berzins, MPH, Field Representative and Study Coordinator at our Northwestern University Clinical Research Site in the latest ACTG Network Spotlight. We take a historic look back at 2006 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History and share the news that Dr. Carlos del Rio, Investigator at our Emory University Clinical Research Site has received one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico.
     
  • April 2016 Newsletter
    In the April edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter read Part Two of Understanding the Clinical Trial Enrollment Process: Study Entry and Randomization. Learn the latest on the recently launched Protocol A5336:  A Randomized, Pilot Study of Ruxolitinib in Antiretroviral-Treated HIV-Infected Adults.  Watch the new “Follow YOUR Heart” video designed to educate women on the relationship between HIV and heart disease and find out if a city near you is hosting an upcoming HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk.   Additionally, meet community member Angel L. Hernandez who was recently profiled in HIV Plus Magazine and we also take a historic look back at 1990 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • March 2016 Newsletter
    In the March edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we highlight National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and provide a downloadable educational flyer regarding the need for more women to participate in clinical trial research.  Read part one of our three part series: Understanding the Clinical Trial Enrollment Process and meet Dr. Grace McComsey from our Case Western Research University Clinical Research Site in the latest Spotlight article.  Additionally, we take a historic look back at 1995 in This Year in HIV/AIDS History and more.
     
  • February 2016 Newsletter
    In the February edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, Chair and Co-Principal Investigator of the ACTG Network shares his outlook on 2016 while reflecting on the past 30 years.  Read an informative Q and A interview with Dr. Babafemi Taiwo of our Northwestern University clinical research site regarding the importance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We share news of the passing of Sharon Maxwell Henkel, a long-term Global Community Advisory Board member, and provide a recap of the recent REPRIEVE Twitter chat.
     
  • January 2016 Newsletter
    In the January edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter read an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlighting the history of the ACTG Network. Learn the latest on Protocol TBTC Study 31/ACTG A5349: Rifapentine-containing Treatment Shortening Regimens for Pulmonary Tuberculosis. We encourage the ACTG Network community to participate in the REPRIEVE Twitter chat on 2/17 using the hashtag #HIVheartchat and share news of the merger of two of our scientific subcommittees.
     
  • December 2015 Newsletter
    In the December edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we re-cap media coverage surrounding World AIDS Day and share the latest edition of the HAILO Newsletter.  Meet Marlene Cooper, Director of Data Management at FSTRF, in our latest Spotlight article and take a look back at this month in HIV/AIDS history.
     
  • November 2015 Newsletter
    In the November edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we share news of a new HIV treatment guideline being developed in collaboration with the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium. Learn the latest on protocol A5337: Safety and Efficacy of Sirolimus for HIV Reservoir Reduction in Individuals on Suppressive ART and check out the latest Spotlight article. We encourage the ACTG Network community to prepare to recognize World AIDS Day and hear from some participants of Washington, DC’s Walk to End HIV.
     
  • October 2015 Newsletter
    In the October edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we share news of Dr. Judith Currier’s recent appearance on Larry King Now where she served as an HIV clinical expert panelist.   Learn about the new, landmark PHOENix MDR-TB trial that will likely launch in late 2016 in collaboration with the IMPAACT Network. We encourage the ACTG Network community to prepare to recognize World AIDS Day and meet one of the REPRIEVE Trial Community Representatives.
     
  • September 2015 Newsletter
    In the September edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we recognize National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day and share updates from two of our studies focused on older HIV-infected individuals. Hear from Dr. Carlos del Rio who connects with peers and advocates for clinical trials by utilizing the popular social media platform, Twitter. We encourage the ACTG Network community to participate in the "A Day with HIV" campaign and also take a historical look back at This Month in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • August 2015 Newsletter
    In the August edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter Dr. Robert Coombs provides an update in Letters from the Lab regarding improved clinical care for study participants.  We share the news of the appointment of Dr. Judith Currier as Multiple Principal Investigator of the ACTG Network as well as recapping the Year in Review. Additionally, we take a historical look back at This Month in HIV/AIDS History and more.
     
  • July 2015 Newsletter
    In the July edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter we provide you with a complete wrap-up of the 2015 Annual ACTG Network Meeting including links to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s plenary talk, highlighted presentations and awards.  Also, read about the latest update on Protocol A5264 and learn more about our social media channels.  Additionally, our Community Advisory Board is recruiting for membership on the Scientific Sub-Committee and we take a historic look back at This Month in HIV/AIDS History.
     
  • June 2015 Newsletter
    In the June edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes examines the relationship between clinicians and ACTG Network clinical trial study participants.  We share news of a recent high-profile article regarding the REPRIEVE Trial featured on the front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and hear from ACTG staffers who participated in the 30th Annual Boston AIDS Walk. Additionally, we take a historical look back at This Month in HIV/AIDS History and more.
     
  • May 2015 Newsletter
    In the May edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter learn about the importance of National Hepatitis Testing Day and take a look back at this month in HIV/AIDS history.  Find out the latest on the 2015 Annual ACTG Network Meeting and hear about the ACTG and IMPAACT Networks new Specimen Repository website.  Additionally, we have an update on Protocol A5288 and a new Spotlight article highlighting our Site Coordination Group.
     
  • April 2015 Newsletter
    In the April edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter read about the Celebratory Grand Opening of the new MDR TB Hospital in Haiti.  Learn about the latest updates on the REPRIEVE Trial and how our IMPACTA clinical trial site is utilizing advanced technology to streamline the study process. Additionally, we take a look at some highlighted ACTG presentations from CROI and much more.
     
  • March 2015 Newsletter
    In this edition of the ACTG Network Newsletter hear from Lindsay, an HIV-positive woman who shares her thoughts regarding National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  Later, Lauren Robertson discusses some of the challenges faced by our international sites and a recent FDA announcement based on information gathered in A5295 is explored. Additionally, we take a historical look at This Month in HIV/AIDS History and much more.

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  • December 2014 Volume 3 Edition 4 (PDF - 1.23 MB)
    The December edition of the ACTG Update newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about the many studies being led by our international investigators. Learn more about the Network's first malaria trial. Read Dr. Aida Asmelash's explanation of why African women who begin treatment sometimes have suboptimal CD4 counts despite achieving virologic suppression. Watch a video of several Boston investigators sharing why they decided to pursue a career in HIV research and what they are currently studying in their lab. And discover how experiences in Nigeria led Dr. Igho Ofotokun to specialize in the treatment of women living with HIV.
  • September 2014 Volume 3 Edition 3 (PDF - 1.23 MB)
    The ACTG added four new sites in Cape Town, South Africa this year. Discover why they were interested in joining the Network in the September edition of the ACTG Update newsletter. Also in this issue, Isaac Singini from Malawi shares how training he received through the ACTG enhanced his data management skills. The A5260s study explores a connection between antiretroviral therapy and heart disease. The ACTG has a brochure available for sites to use for outreach. And researchers as well as a study participant discuss the importance of the HAILO study investigating HIV and aging.
  • June 2014 Volume 3 Edition 2 (PDF - 1.41 MB)
    Curious about how the ACTG got its start? Then check out the June edition of the ACTG Update newsletter! Past and present staff share their experiences with the ACTG over the years. Also in this issue, meet Dr. Sandra Wagner Cardoso from the ACTG's IPEC site in Brazil. Watch the Year in Photos video, read about the Network's first interventional HIV cure study and learn about how women living with HIV are responding to a cancer vaccine.
  • March 2014 Volume 3 Edition 1 (PDF - 1.5 MB)
    The March edition of the ACTG Update newsletter is now available! Read about A5257, the ACTG's major study to come out of CROI. Need help developing standard operating procedures for your next protocol? Learn all about the Laboratory Technologists Committee and how they can be of assistance. Meet Christie Lyn Constanza, who combines her passion for outreach and public health at our New Jersey site. The study chairs of A5317 discuss how their trial will tackle inflammation caused by HIV. And listen to Network members share the top 10 reasons women are critical to furthering HIV research.
  • December 2013 Volume 2 Edition 4 (PDF - 1.57 MB)
    The December edition of the ACTG Update newsletter is now available! Read this issue to learn about five of the Network's study coordinators as they explain what drew them to pursue careers in HIV research and their tips for making their sites run smoothly. NIAID announced it will refund the ACTG and Network leadership share their hopes for the next seven years. A5308 is enrolling HIV elite controllers in the first ever multi-center trial. Watch a video about the research breakthroughs made thanks to the ALLRT A5001 database. And see photos from our sites' World AIDS Day and study participation day celebrations.
  • September 2013 Volume 2 Edition 3 (PDF - 4.9 KB)
    This edition features CAB members and site staff from South Africa discussing how they engage the community in the fight against HIV. This issue also features results from A5185s with Drs. Susan Cu-Uvin and Susan Fiscus explaining the gender differences they found. Dr. Serena Spudich discusses what drew her to the field of neuro-AIDS. And the study chairs of enrolling protocol A5288 share why they are excited to see if a resistance test and text messaging will lead to better viral load control and medication adherence.
  • June 2013 Volume 2 Edition 2 (PDF - 474 KB)
    The June edition of the ACTG Update highlights the important role women play in the fight to treat and cure HIV. This issue also features results from A5221 with Dr. Diane Havlir explaining how early initiation of antiretroviral therapy saves the lives of people living with HIV and tuberculosis. Dr. Jackson Orem discusses how he is tackling HIV and cancer in his native Uganda. And the study chairs of enrolling protocol A5264 share why they are excited to see if they have developed a regimen to treat people living with HIV and early stage Kaposi's sarcoma.
  • March 2013 Volume 2 Edition 1 (PDF - 383 KB)
    The March edition of the ACTG Update highlights the work of the Network's statisticians and features a video interview with Dr. Michael Hughes sharing his favorite ACTG study to design. This issue also announces the Network's major news to come out of CROI with the release of the A5241 results, which prove fewer drugs may be needed for treatment-experienced people living with HIV. Dr. Kimberly Smith reveals how she has come full circle in her career at the ACTG's site at Rush. And the study chairs of the latest HIV/HCV enrolling protocol explain why they are excited to see if they have developed a regimen to help co-infected patients cure their HCV.
  • December 2012 Volume 1 Edition 2 (PDF - 483 KB)
    The second edition of the ACTG Update newsletter includes a powerful cover story highlighting four Network members personal and professional struggles in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sandy. Also in this issue: details about enrolling study A5279 (Latent TB), published study A5199’s impact on the field of neurology, a spotlight on service at the ACTG’s Boston Medical Center site and why you don’t want to miss the online ACTG conversations happening through the Network’s social media channels.
  • October 2012 Volume 1 Edition 1 (PDF - 246 KB)
    This is the inaugural edition of the ACTG Update newsletter. In this issue, read about myths surrounding research in Africa, get the results of the PEARLS study and learn who is eligible to participate in the DASH protocol.