Past Scientific Working Groups

TB/HIV Co-infection SWG:
Director(s): Anne Goldfeld, M.D., Robert Husson, M.D.; Eric Rubin, M.D., Ph.D. 

TB/HIV Co-infection SWG Leadership

Name

Title & Affiliation

Scientific Area of Interest

Anne Goldfeld, M.D. (Director)

Professor of Medicine (BWH)and Pediatrics(BCH) at HMS and Senior Investigator, Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, BCH; Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at HSPH

Immune response to TB and TB/HIV;

TB mediated molecular regulation of HIV replication and TNF gene expression

Robert Husson, MD (Co-Director)

Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and Senior Physician in Medicine at BCH

Adaptive mechanisms of M. tuberculosis that are relevant to TB pathogenesis and drug development

Eric Rubin, MD, PhD (Co-Director)

Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at HSPH

Mycobacterial growth and therapeutic development

Goals:

  • Develop new model systems to investigate mechanisms of TB-HIV pathogenesis, including both in vitro and animal models (such as humanized mice).
  • Promote the study of TB-HIV co-infection in children, including the interaction between TB and the developing immune system in HIV-infected children.
  • Study biomarkers in TB-HIV co-infection, including markers of infection in infants and children, and markers of treatment response.
  • Mentor and support junior investigators in TB-HIV research.

Health Equity SWG:
Director(s): Laura Bogart, Ph.D.; Bisola Ojikutu, M.D. MPH

Health Equity SWG Leadership

Name

Title & Affiliation

Scientific Area of Interest

Laura M. Bogart, PhD (Co-Director)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS, and Research Director, Division of General Pediatrics, BCH

Socio-cultural predictors of HIV-related health inequities (medical mistrust, discrimination); CBPR; survey development; also Behavioral and Social Sciences Core Co-Director

Bisola Ojikutu, M.D., MPH (Co-Director)

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS, and Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, BWH. Dr. Ojikutu also holds a joint appointment within the Infectious Disease Division at MGH

Disparities experienced by people living with or at risk for HIV, domestically and internationally; structural factors and social determinants of on HIV transmission, clinical outcomes, and barriers to accessing care; racial and ethnic disparities in HIV care and treatment

 Goals:

  • Implement a National Survey on HIV in Black Americans that captures individual-level and contextual characteristics that may lead to health inequities.
  • Support HIV-related research in novel areas of health inequities, including immigrant health, medical mistrust, youth and family, stigma, and syndemics.
  • Facilitate discussions among Harvard investigators and community partners to identify research and programmatic gaps in HIV-related health equity research, and submit collaborative grant applications to address these issues.