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Upcoming Webinars

HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities

This webinar series, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been organized by the GSA HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults Interest Group and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group.

Continued research on HIV prevention and intervention among older adults is crucial as people aged 50 years and older accounted for 17% of new infections in 2016, approximately 50% of all people living with HIV in the United States are in this age group, and people are living longer with HIV owing to improvements in antiretroviral therapy in the past several years. Therefore, this webinar series will cover access to multiple data sources and their availability, which can be used to answer important research questions in HIV and aging. In addition, this webinar series will report on funding opportunities for HIV and aging research, which will help to provide support in advancing research in this area.

Objectives:

This webinar series will (1) provide information about existing data sources for conducting HIV and aging research and (2) discuss funding opportunities in this area, particularly related to secondary data.

Presenters and Data Sources:

1. The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)/Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS)

Thursday, January 30, 2020
12:00pm – 12:30pm ET

Deborah Gustafson, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, Brooklyn Clinical Research Site of the MWCCS

Deborah Gustafson will present a description of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)/Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS), including an overview of the two cohorts that comprise the MWCCS, the more than 25-year longitudinal case-control design (HIV+ and HIV-) and every-6-month legacy measures of sociodemographic, aging (e.g., frailty, falls, cognition), cardiovascular health, mental health (depressive symptoms), sexual health, and behavior data as well as genome-wide association studies and biospecimen resources.

2. Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS)

Monday, February 10, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Janet Tate, MPH, ScD

Affiliated Principal Investigator, VACS; Member of the Executive Committee; Director, Biostatistics Core; Co-Director, Risk Index Workgroup; Co-Director, Liver Core

Janet Tate will present a description of two large cohorts that use data from the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA). The Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) comprises all HIV-infected (55,000) veterans in VA care from 1997 to 2017, each matched to two demographically similar uninfected veterans. The Veteran Birth Cohort includes all veterans born between 1945 and 1965 who have used VA care from 1997 to 2017 (4.5 million), encompassing person-time between ages 35 and 75 years. Both cohorts have complete electronic health record data, including diagnoses, procedures, lab results, medication fill dates, vital signs, and self-reported tobacco and alcohol use. This information is augmented with supplemental data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as the National Death Index. Several exposures and outcomes have been validated with chart review.

3. NIH Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS)

Coming in 2020

Michael Saag, MD, Principal Investigator, CNICS

Michael Saag will present the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS) cohort. CNICS, established in 2002, is a clinic-based research network that captures clinical management and outcomes from point-of-care HIV clinics at eight CFAR sites. It is an open-access research platform containing pooled, de-identified data from electronic medical records of over 36,000 persons living with HIV that are linked to patient-reported outcomes, geospatial, genetics, and antiretroviral drug resistance data, all linked to biologic specimens. The platform is available to investigators worldwide with an approved concept proposal.

4. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Collaborating Sites Data Sources

Coming in 2020

Robert Heaton, PhD, ABPP-CN Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core

Scott Letendre, MD Co-Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core

Jennifer Iudicello, PhD Center Manager, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core; Principal Investigator, Identification of Biomarkers of CNS Injury and Resilience related to HIV-1 and Methamphetamine

David Moore, PhD Principal Investigator, California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network; Chair, Neuropsychology Workgroup, National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium; Co-PI, Multi-Dimensional Successful Aging Among HIV-Infected Adults

5. NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) Funding Opportunities and Data Sources

Coming in 2020

Marcia Holstad, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Molly M. Perkins, PhD

NIH Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group

Co-Directors, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group and Emory Co-Leads, Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group

Marcia Holstad and Molly Perkins will provide information about existing publicly available NIA data sources for conducting secondary research related to HIV and aging, including information about several cross-national longitudinal studies in addition to U.S. data sources. The presenters also will discuss current NIA funding opportunities in HIV and aging research with an emphasis on those that relate to secondary data.

 

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Free (members) $25 (non-members)

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