November 2018

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Chen Group Newsletter | November 2018

Welcome to the November 2018 edition of the Chen Group Newsletter. This newsletter is where you can find the most relevant team and Center-wide updates, news, and highlights. 

Upcoming Events | Recent & Upcoming Presentations | Publications | Team Updates | Center Updates

Author: Eline Appelmans

Upcoming Events

November 20th, 2018 Chen Group manuscript workshop

November 27th, 2018 Sahar Zangenah presents to the Chen Group


We are currently scheduling presenters for Q1 of 2019 and are interested in hearing about both the big picture ideas in infectious disease biostatistics, bioinformatics, and epidemiology methods, as well as hands-on/technical details about your feild of expertise. If you are interested in presenting at one of our seminars please contact the group’s project manager, Elly Appelmans.

Recent & Upcoming Conference Presentations 

Sayan Dasgupta: Presentation on Combination Prevention Strategies in HIV at VIDD Scientific Seminar Series, Fred Hutch, Seattle, November 13th

Yifan Zhu, Chongzhi Di, Ying Chen: Poster Presentation on Clustering functional data with application to electronic medication adherence at mHealth Symposium, sponsored by PHS in collaboration with VIDD, Fred Hutch, Seattle, November 5thmonitoring in HIV prevention trials


Wheeler DP, Lucas J, Wilton L, Nelson LE, Hucks-Ortiz C, Watson CC, Hutchinson C, Mayer KH, Kuo I, Magnus M, Beauchamp G, Shoptaw S, Emel LM, Chen YQ, Hightow-Weidman L, Fields SD. (2018). Building effective multilevel HIV prevention partnerships with Black men who have sex with men: experience from HPTN 073, a pre-exposure prophylaxis study in three US cities. J Int AIDS Soc, 21 Suppl 7, e25180.
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Team Updates

Welcome Kira

November 5th, 2018: I’m delighted to announce that Kira Mori has joined the Chen Group here in BBE VIDD as a project coordinator. Kira comes to this position with a Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in biostatistics and epidemiology. Before joining Kira Mori acted as a CDC Public Health Advisor to the Nevada State Immunization Program. We are excited to have her join put her wealth of experience to good use in our team.

mHealth Symposum

November 5th, 2018: This symposium was created to address mHealth challenges that arise due to the rapid development in technology, mobile and wearable devices that have been increasingly utilized in biomedical research. This symposium brings together researchers and collaborators from the Seattle area (e.g., Fred Hutch, UW, Sage, Microsoft) to share their experiences on various aspects of mHealth sensors and technology, practical issues of running mHealth studies, data management and analysis. Here we hope to pave the way for future research and collaborations.

Sponsored by the Public Health Sciences Division
Organized by Chongzhi Di and Ying Qing Chen
See program below 

Grant Submitted: Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership (C2P2) Center in Peru and the Dominican Republic

Agency: NIH
DMSC Core Lead: Ying Chen. PI: Margaret Madeleine. Expect more news March/April 2019.

"The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to facilitate the design, conduct, and completion of clinical trials for improving prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals. To serve this goal, the FOA will support a network of international collaborative sites conducting meritorious and appropriately designed prevention clinical trials in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region via a U54 Partnership Centers mechanism."(RFA-CA-18-018)

Application Submitted: Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA)

Agency: NIH Fogarty International Center
PI: Ying Chen. Expect more news December 2018.

"The goals of the Alliance are to:
•provide a platform for cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas and information among implementation scientists and other stakeholders focusing on different aspects of HIV in adolescents;
•enable the research to be better informed by programmatic challenges and questions;
•inform policymakers of promising evidence and encourage use of the data in decision making; and
•extend the reach and impact of implementation science related to adolescent HIV prevention and treatment." (AHISA)


Center Updates