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: Mandi Bell at


Upcoming Pilot Feedback Talks

Schedule for the 2021 - 2022 academic year to be announced!

Past Pilot Feedback Talks

Friday, May 14th, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Understand Women’s Perception of and Interest in PrEP during the Perinatal Period

Dr. Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Co-Director, Penn CFAR ISPHERE SWG
Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

“T cell-targeted lipid nanoparticle platform for in vivo delivery of mRNA therapeutics”

Dr. Hamideh Parhiz, PharmD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

View the full presentation HERE

Friday, March 26th, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Using an evolutionary old immune system for the discovery of broadly neutralizing HIV-1 epitopes

Dr. Oriol Sunyer, PhD, Professor of Immunology and Microbiology
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Long-acting buprenorphine for high-risk opiate use disorder individuals

Dr. Cecile Denis, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
HIV Prevention Research Division
Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 pm

“Development of Gamma-Delta T cells with CRISPR Knock-In of CAR19 into CCR5 Gene (gdCAR19-CCR5KO) as a Therapy for HIV-Associated B cell Lymphomas”

Simon F. Lacey Ph.D., Director, Translational and Correlative Studies Laboratory (TCSL) Center for Cellular Immunotherapies
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

“DNA Delivery of Advanced HIV Immunogens”

Daniel W. Kulp, Ph.D., Associate Professor Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center
The Wistar Institute

Friday, September 25th, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Ready, Set, COVID, Go: Launching the Neonatal Infections and MicroBiome (NIMBi) Study in a Pandemic

Susan Coffin, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases, Perelman School of Medicine | Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

A Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study of a Lay Counselor Program to Treat Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Substance Use/Abuse in Youth at Risk for and Living with HIV 

Merrian Brooks, DO, MS, Attending Pediatrician/Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

View the full presentation HERE  

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