UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Announces New Co-Director of the Center & New Director of the Biometrics Core

February 16, 2022

On behalf of the UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), I’m writing with an update on changes to the Center's leadership. I am happy to announce that our search process for a permanent Co-Director has resulted in Jane Simoni, PhD, MA moving from an interim role to the permanent Co-Director role, effective February 1, 2022. 

Dr. Simoni is Professor in the Department of Psychology with adjunct appointments in the Departments of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and Global Health. She currently serves as Associate Director of the CFAR Behavioral Science Core where she has greatly contributed to the mission of catalyzing new behavioral science research that will contribute to curbing the global HIV epidemic and improve outcomes along the continuum of HIV prevention and care.  Jane also serves on the UW/Fred Hutch CFAR’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group where much of the Center’s DEI-specific strategic planning work has occurred. Her research has focused on behavioral aspects of HIV treatment, with NIMH-funded intervention studies in New York City, Seattle, the U.S.-Mexico border, China, Haiti, and Kenya. Formerly funded by a K24 award from NIMH, she is an active mentor of doctoral students and early career scientists, serving as primary mentor on several NRSA pre-doctoral and K series awards.

I am also excited to announce that Elizabeth Brown, ScD has agreed to assume the Director role of our CFAR Biometrics Core.  Dr. Brown is a Professor of Biostatistics in the Bioinformatics and Epidemiology Program of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, as well as Professor of Public Health Sciences, at Fred Hutch.  She is also a Research Professor in the UW Department of Biostatistics.  Dr. Brown is engaged in the design and analysis of infectious disease clinical trials, including COVID-19, HIV/AIDS and HPV. She is the principal investigator for the Statistical and Data Management Center of the Microbicide Trials Network, which carries out clinical research on interventions designed to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. She is also the Director of the Statistical and Data Sciences Unit for the Infectious Diseases Clinical Consortium, a coordinated national and global network of scientific experts working to develop and test vaccines and other therapies to combat infectious diseases. Dr. Brown also leads statistical methods research with a focus on Bayesian survival on longitudinal models for infectious disease transmission and prevention.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah Holte, PhD for her longstanding directorship of the Biometrics Core.  Dr. Holte joined the CFAR in 2003 and has served as Biometrics Core Director since 2007.  She has steadfastly fostered outstanding levels of service, along with its Associate Directors, and Masters level biostatisticians, to the CFAR community.  Her exceptional commitment to service and fostering development of early stage investigators has had a great impact on our CFAR and the next generation of HIV investigators.  Dr. Holte will continue serving on the Biometrics Core in an Associate Director role.

Please join me in congratulating Drs. Simoni and Brown for their new roles within CFAR, and thanking Dr. Holte for faithful and longstanding service to CFAR!

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Connie Celum, MD, MPH
Director, UW/Fred Hutch CFAR