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January 28, 2019 - ATN Forms Scientific Committee

Decorative image of light blubA group of experienced scientific researchers have joined together to form the newly created ATN Scientific Committee (SC). The committee will play an important role in the ATN by providing input on the development and implementation of the ATN’s emerging research portfolio, according to Michael Hudgens, a Principal Investigator of the ATN Coordinating Center and professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

“We are excited to have constituted the new ATN Scientific Committee,” Dr. Hudgens said. “Members of the SC include investigators from both within ATN as well as from outside the Network to ensure a diversity and breadth of expertise.”

“The ATN Scientific Committee is designed to help identify gaps and opportunities in the ATN research portfolio that should enable the network to expand the scope of its research activities to improve the health of youth living with HIV and to develop new approaches to decrease HIV spread among American youth,” Dr. Kenneth Mayer, chairperson of the SC, medical research director at Fenway Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said.

At their first in person meeting this January, the committee identified broad areas of focus for future ATN research. Ongoing, the SC will review the science of the ATN, and its members will review concept proposals submitted to the network. The SC reviews and scores proposals and sends recommendations to the ATN Executive Committee (EC). The EC decides which concepts to invite for a full proposal.

“In their charge to assist the ATN Executive Committee on developing and implementing the ATN’s emerging scientific agenda, the ATN SC plays a vital role in helping the Network achieve its overarching aims: to ‘raise the bar’ along the care continuum and ‘bend the curve’ of new infections among our nation’s vulnerable youth,” Bill Kapogiannis, program director for the ATN and medical officer at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), said.