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C3PNO Preconference at the 22nd International AIDS Conference

Blood, Guts, and Glory

On July 22, the Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO) held a pre-conference event before the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The International AIDS Conference is the largest annual HIV conference in the world.

The pre-conference session, entitled Blood, Guts, and Glory, featured speakers including Dr. Maureen Goodenow (NIH Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research) and Dr. Redonna Chandler (Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) AIDS Research Program). The event also featured details about C3PNO's data linking capabilities and information on concept sheets using consortium data. The meeting provided an opportunity to highlight current and future research being conducted within and across cohorts and across.

C3PNO Co-principal investigators Dr Pamina Gorbach (left) and Sue Siminski (right)

From left to right: Pamina Gorbach (C3PNO Co-Principal Investigator), Soyeon Kim (Biostatistician), Grace Aldrovandi (Scientific Leadership Team), Sue Siminski (C3PNO Co-Principal Investigator), Adina Stoica (Software Project Manager)

C3PNO Co-Principal Investigator, Sue Siminski, presented a preview of a virtual repository for the C3PNO project. The virtual repository, which is currently in development, will link and enhance access to the C3PNO cohorts' substance use, laboratory, clinical, behavioral, and biospecimen data. A search feature will provide aggregate data and specimen availability information to investigators interest in submitting a concept sheet.

This effort will help meet C3PNO's goal of stimulating research with outside investigators and encouraging new collaborations with international cohorts studying substance use in the context of HIV pathogenesis.

The virtual repository search feature will be available on later this year.