January 26, 2018 – Last Friday, the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) hosted its 2018 HIV Next Generation Conference (Next Gen) on UCLA campus. Opening remarks from Drs. Steve Shoptaw and Dallas Swendeman energized the 128 attendees that filled the room, followed by a dynamic plenary presentation given by Dr. Raphael Landovitz, who presented on the state of the science and future direction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
CHIPTS faculty Drs. Li Li and Dallas Swendeman engaging with poster presenter Chiao-Wen Lan.
Throughout the day, six trainees gave oral presentations of their research projects and received thought provoking questions from the audience, which ranged from researchers, community providers, faculty members, and other students. Additionally, thirteen trainees showcased their work during the poster session which lend to many lively conversations allowing undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers to network with faculty and the community.
(L to R) Natalie Sanchez, Hilda Sandoval, and Ramon Garcia of AltaMed Services respond to questions from the audience regarding Sin Vergüenza Season 3.
In addition, the conference featured a community panel that included Ms. Natalie Sanchez, Dr. Hilda Sandoval, and Mr. Ramon Garcia from AltaMed, who presented on the telenovela series, Sin Vergüenza Season 3. In their presentation, they discussed the impact of using visual media to educate and address stigma, homophobia, transphobia, and addiction among those living with HIV and their communities.
Wendy Garland from LAC DHSP talking about LA County’s new HIV strategy and other programs by DHSP.
Ms. Wendy Garland of the Los Angeles County Division on HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) gave the afternoon plenary presentation. She provided an overview of the Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2020 and Beyondinitiative (https://www.lacounty.hiv/) as well as other key programs led by DHSP. In addition to sharing the priorities for HIV and STD prevention and treatment for Los Angeles County, she highlighted a number of opportunities for collaboration, which received excitement from many conference attendees.
Dr. Eric Rice of USC speaks on artificial intelligence to enhance HIV prevention.
Later in the afternoon, members of the UCLA Center For AIDS Research Health Disparities Core, which included Drs. Lee Klosinski, Eric Rice, Ian Holloway, and Ayako Miyashita, tackled the theme of health disparities. Dr. Klosinski provided context and background in establishing the Core and emphasized the importance of addressing health disparities in key populations impacted by HIV. Dr. Rice from the University of Southern California presented on the use of artificial intelligence to enhance HIV prevention programs targeting homeless adolescents, while Dr. Holloway and Ms. Miyashita presented on their mobile-based HIV intervention aimed at increasing linkages to HIV, social work, and legal services for HIV-positive African American young men who have sex with men.
At the end of the day, attendees voted for the best scientific oral and poster presentations. Doctoral student, Sid Jordan, won the best scientific oral presentation with his work on “Gender Diversity in Prevention: Findings Transmasculine Sexual Health and Reproductive Justice Survey” and undergraduate researcher, Joshua Cohen, received the best poster award for “Relationships Between Substance Use, Nicotine Use, and HIV in Ethnic Men Who Have Sex with Men.” The conference proved to be a full day of science, networking, and learning.
The winners of Best Oral Presentation, Sid Jordan, and Best Poster Presentation, Joshua Cohen, holding their certificates.
Moderated by Thomas Coates, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Michael and Sue Steinberg Professor of Global AIDS Research
Director, UCLA Center for World Health
Global HIV Director, CHIPTS
Ian Holloway, PhD, MSW, MPH
Assistant Professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare
Moderated by Norweeta Milburn, PhD
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, UCLA Center For AIDS Research Health Disparities Core
Core Scientist, CHIPTS
We would like to thank the members of the Conference Planning Committee for their countless hours in planning and organizing this conference including: Ron Brooks, Isabelle Chu, Roger Detels, Nina Harawa, Uyen Kao, Raphael Landovitz, Sung-Jae Lee, Norweeta Milburn, Steve Shoptaw, Stephanie Sumstine, and Dallas Swendeman.
Also, we would like to thank the generous volunteers who helped with today’s event including: Jennifer Baughman, Sandra Cuevas, Marcos Garcilazo-Figueroa, and Diane Tan.