Please join us for our upcoming ISGMH Affiliate Showcase featuring faculty members Frank J. Palella Jr. and Nanette Benbow.
The talk will be held from 12:00 – 1:30pm (CT) on Tuesday, January 21 in the Stonewall Conference Room at 625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400, Chicago IL. Lunch will be provided. The talk will be livestreamed via BlueJeans.
About the speakers:
Frank J. Palella Jr., Ph.D., (he/him) is professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He has published widely on outcomes in large HIV-infected patient cohorts, including on topics such as survival in the HAART era, the optimal timing of HAART initiation, HIV-related chronic co-morbidities including long-term metabolic and cardiovascular complications, kidney disease, inflammation, and bone disease. He has served as principal investigator of prospective multicenter observational CDC-sponsored HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS) since 1993. He first-authored a 1998 New England Journal of Medicine article, the first to profile reductions in AIDS-associated death and disease rates as a consequence of HAART, which based upon data from the HOPS and is the most widely-cited journal article in the AIDS era. He is also an investigator for the NIH-funded Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), for which he serves as chair (Clinical Working Group, Renal Working Group) or member (Metabolic Working Group, Cardiovascular Working Group, Biomarker Working Group) of multiple committees. He is also actively involved with several other NIH-funded studies, including the Study of the Ocular Complications of AIDS, for which he serves on the steering committee, and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. He is co-chair of the NIH-sponsored study ACTG 5322, which is a longitudinal observational study of inflammation, immune activation, and clinical events among aging persons with HIV infection. Dr. Palella is also an active clinician, and personally manages the care of over 500 patients, most of whom are HIV-infected. Since 2010 he has held an endowed professorship at the Feinberg School of Medicine, entitled the Potocsnak Family CSC Professorship, established in his honor for HIV clinical research.
Nanette Benbow, M.A.S, (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC-CFAR) End HIV Scientific Working Group; and member of the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. Her research interests include the use of epidemiologic and network modeling to improve HIV prevention and care continua; health equity for Latinos and sexual and gender minorities; and developing academic-public health partnerships in implementing evidence-based interventions that reduce HIV incidence in local settings. Before joining the Northwestern Faculty in 2016, Ms. Benbow was deputy commissioner of the STI/HIV Services Bureau of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she oversaw the development and implementation of prevention and care interventions.