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Community Advisory Board

The Case Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)/University Health Center/MetroHealth AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a group of HIV positive people and other interested community members who provide important community input into the clinical trials process. The CAB strives for its membership to reflect the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in the Greater Cleveland area, stressing inclusion of traditionally underserved communities. CAB membership is open to HIV positive people, people working in the HIV/AIDS field and other interested community members. CAB activities include providing input into developing clinical trials; discussing medical developments and challenges with CFAR & ACTU staff; assisting in community outreach; participating in national AIDS Clinical Trials events and assisting in organizing public educational meetings.

Mission of the CAB:

The Mission of the CAB is to integrate community involvement in HIV/AIDS-related research and clinical trials in order to promote developmental in the medical treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS and in preventing further HIV transmission.

Meeting Dates:

The CAB meets the second Tuesday of each month (except for July and December). Every third meeting is at MetroHealth Medical Center. Meetings are at 6:00pm and are open to the public. Parking is free. For more information on Case CAB please call Bob at 216.844.2247 or via email. Also, visit the ACTU website for more information.

Purpose of the CAB:

The CAB provides an opportunity for affected communities to:

  • Understand the clincal research process
  • Voice concerns regarding specific clinical studies, their development, implementation and outcomes
  • Give assistance concerning issues related to the accrual and retention of trials participants
  • Give clinical trial participants necessary advocacy
  • Forge a viable partnership that will lead to improved knowledge of HIV/AIDS disease
  • Give a means to address grievance issues
  • Promote ethical research purposes and practices