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Spring 1999

CRIA Website Begins New HIV Treatment Education Service

With a start-up grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation, we will now include on our Website summaries of the monthly Community Treatment Forums at St. Vincent's Hospital we co-sponsor with AIDS Treatment Data Network, Gay Men's Health Crisis, and Treatment Action Group (TAG).

For the past seven years, people living with AIDS (PWLAs) and care providers throughout New York City have come to these forums to hear leading experts in research and healthcare present unique perspectives on emerging HIV treatment issues and advances. Now this information will be available to interested individuals worldwide via the Internet. We hope you find this new treatment education resource both interesting and useful.

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CRIA Presents at 11th National HIV/AIDS Update Conference

At the upcoming National HIV/AIDS Update Conference, CRIA's Treatment Education Department presented workshops focusing on the barriers to the dissemination of treatment information in affected communities. The Conference, held March 23-26 in San Francisco, informed people involved in HIV/AIDS treatment and care about the latest developments in HIV treatment. tion. Produced with the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Ortho Biotech, the brochure, entitled Understanding Your Lab Results, explains in simple, straightforward language what each laboratory test is used for, so that PWAs can work with their physician to monitor their course of treatment.

CRIA's brochures are already available at AIDS service organizations in major cities in 22 states, and soon will be available on CRIA's website. To find out which agencies in your community carry the brochure, call Meredith Snow at (212) 924-3934.

CRIA Co-Sponsors Brooklyn Forum

On April 27 from 8:30am to 4pm, in conjunction with Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights HIV CARE Network and the HIV Center for Women and Children at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, CRIA will present a day of lectures, workshops and panel discussions on families and HIV. The conference will be held in the main auditorium at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center at 395 Lenox Road in Brooklyn, and requires advance registration. For information, please call 718-270-2301 or 718-270-4736.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Adieu to CRIA's Medical Director

Marshall Glesby, MD, Ph.D., has resigned as CRIA's medical director to become director of the Cornell Clinical Trials Unit in Chelsea. We very much appreciate Dr. Glesby's contribution to CRIA over these past two-and-a-half years. He has been instrumental in conducting an extensive roster of studies which have benefited PLWAs nationwide, and has provided invaluable guidance to our Treatment Education Department staff for their important programs. We will miss Dr. Glesby's regular continued involvement in our agency's important research agenda.

We are actively recruiting a candidate who will aggressively pursue independent protocols of immediate interest to the PLWA community. Our Search Committee has already interviewed candidates who can fulfill the position's essential requirements. Dr. Glesby will remain principal investigator on all ongoing studies until a suitable replacement has been hired.

Good luck, Marshall, in all your future endeavors!

New Staffers Come Aboard at CRIA

CRIA is happy to welcome new staff members to help strengthen the administration of our multiple initiatives. Meredith Snow has joined CRIA's Treatment Education Department. Mark Condon will work with our research staff and Institutional Review Board. And last but not least, Joe Schaller will assist in the Administration/Finance department.

CRIA Welcomes New Board Member

Tiffany Dubin, head of Sotheby's fashion department, was elected to CRIA's Board of Directors on March 17, 1999. Ms. Dubin has been a strong advocate for CRIA's HIV research and treatment education mission. Most recently, she ensured that items from prominent CRIA donors could be included in a major auction of handbags and fashion accessories with the goal of supporting our Capital Campaign. This event raised over $40,000 in much-needed funds to help pay for constructing our new clinic. CRIA's Board, staff and clients look forward to Ms. Dubin's increased involvement in promoting the agency's critical programs during the coming years.

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CRIA Update, transcripts of CRIA's monthly Community Forum summaries held at St. Vincent's Hospital, and detailed information about CRIA's treatment education services and currently enrolling clinical trials are all available on the Web page. Check it out!

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This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. It is a part of the publication CRIA Update. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.