Penn Center for AIDS Research

Pilot Feedback Talks

The Developmental Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research hosts Pilot Feedback Talks for recipients of the previous year's Developmental Pilot Awards. These talks give awardees an opportunity to prepare, rehearse, and present their scientific work for open feedback from their peers and more senior members of the CFAR community.

For additional information, contact: Beth Peterson at



Friday, September 27th, 2019

1:00 - 2:00 pm

251 BRB


PTSD, Substance Use, Sleep Disorders, and Suicide Risk in Persons Living With HIV

Lily Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

Understanding HIV Testing Behavior Among Young, Urban, At-Risk Women Seeking Contraceptive Services

Aletha Akers, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Friday, October 25th, 2019

1:00 - 2:00 pm

251 BRB

Discovering the Immune Evasion Mechanism of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an HIV-associated Malignancy

Jianxin You, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology

Impact of maternal exposure to HIV and anti-retroviral therapy on DNA methylation state in HIV-uninfected newborns in Botswana: A pilot study

Giacomo Paganotti, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Botswana-UPenn Partnership


Friday, November 22nd, 2019

1:00 - 2:00 pm

251 BRB

Integration of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Screen into Care for Women with Abnormal and Undesired Pregnancies

Sarita Sonalkar, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sequential immunization and lasting humoral immunity

David Allman, PhD, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine



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