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Administrative Core

The Administrative Core supports collaborative, multidisciplinary, translational HIV/AIDS research and training at our consortium institutions.

The Administrative Core supports collaborative, multidisciplinary, translational HIV/AIDS research and training at our consortium institutions (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle Children’s, Infectious Disease Research Institute) through coordinating research and training programs, and clinical services; international technical assistance; promoting growth of funding for HIV research and training; supporting development of scientific expertise of faculty; providing educational opportunities and developing HIV-related curriculum; providing scientific communication to investigators and trainees; procuring space for these activities; promoting inter-CFAR activities; and supporting community outreach.

The Core is also responsible for the operational management of the CFAR, including strategic planning; grants, facilities, personnel, and program management; finance and administration; advertising CFAR services and programs; support of Core and Program functions; external relations; coordinating seminars and conferences; securing and managing institutional support and donor funding; monitoring and evaluation; and communications.

Administrative Core
CFAR Seminar Series
The objectives of this monthly seminar series are to provide a forum for presenting and discussing state-of-the-art research findings in HIV pathogenesis, virology, care and treatment, and to provide an opportunity for ongoing enhanced communication and multidisciplinary collaboration among HIV physician-investigators, molecular virologists, immunologists, microbiologists, clinicians, epidemiologists, behavioral researchers, mathematical modelers, health systems researchers, and others at the University of Washington and its affiliates.

The CFAR Seminars are held on the first Thursday of each month during the academic year (October through June) online and at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Harborview Medical Center, or the Hans Rosling Center.

2023 – 2024 CFAR Seminar Schedule

Early Stage Investigator Career Support
Office of Community Engagement Consultations

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) links our researchers with our communities with the goal of ensuring that all people can benefit from scientific advances in prevention, treatment, and cure of HIV/AIDS. The OCE provides constructive feedback and technical assistance to investigators on research proposals, grant applications, grant implementation, and research dissemination in order to effectively impact and engage communities affected by HIV/AIDS.  OCE research review may include the following areas: how to recruit community members into studies, how to work with vulnerable populations, how to communicate research findings to communities after the study ends, ethics, memorandums of understanding, and other community-related issues.  Letters of support may be provided after an OCE research review.

Value Added by Consultation with the OCE

  • Access to perspectives from vulnerable populations affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Improve the feasibility and acceptability of research methods
  • Improve NIH review scoring
  • Access to expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research and consent processes

Suggested OCE Research Consultations

Phase of Research OCE Consultation
Research Question Development Research question consultation: discuss appropriateness and relatedness to the community (20-30min)
Proposal Development Methods consultation: discuss feasibility, acceptability, consent process, recruitment (1 hr)
Project Implementation Implementation consultation: discuss the development of protocols, educational materials, retention (30 min-1hr)
Optional: Implementation solutions consultation (30min-1hr)
Study Completion, Research Dissemination Dissemination materials development (30min-1hr)
“Meet the Researcher” events sponsored by the OCE (1.5-hour presentation and discussion with community members)


Please contact to schedule a consultation with the OCE.

Training in Community-Engaged Science Principles and Practices
The UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Office of Community Engagement (OCE) leads efforts to develop, enhance, and sustain bidirectional partnerships between UW/Fred Hutch CFAR researchers and community organizations and members. These bidirectional partnerships serve to support meaningful involvement of communities in the design, implementation, and dissemination of research, and to support capacity building among CFAR researchers, and overall better science.

Visit the OCE Resources page for more information and tools to help researchers positively consider, engage and impact the communities impacted by their work.

The OCE and Developmental Core also co-host events to build awareness of, generate dialogue about and promote the principles and best practices of community-engaged science. Visit our events calendar for details about upcoming events. Contact with questions

Among its many activities, the Administrative Core provides support for education and training, funding and fundraising, and communications.

Educational and training opportunities co-sponsored by the Administration Core include:

AIDS Clinical Conference – monthly conference designed to increase the knowledge of healthcare practitioners about HIV/AIDS

STI and HIV Research Symposium – annual symposium featuring research presentations by pre- and post-doctoral trainees in STI and HIV research, CFAR and STI Center awardees, and research trainees.

Principles of STI and HIV Research and Public Practice Summer Course – annual two-week intensive course on STI and HIV research, with an interdisciplinary focus.

Other training opportunities can be found at the Center for AIDS and STD training page and the UW Department of Global Health website.

The Administrative Core provides support to and oversees funding for the Developmental Core award programs. View our Find Funding page for more information on CFAR funding opportunities. Occasionally, opportunities for supplemental research funding become available, which are advertised annually each spring.

The Administrative Core promotes fund-raising for HIV/AIDS research, through interactions with donors and the UW Advancement Office. For more information about donating for HIV/AIDS research, go to our Donation page.

The Administrative Core tracks CFAR membership – faculty, research scientists, and trainees involved in HIV research at our consortium institutions. CFAR members are eligible to receive CFAR services. For more information, view our CFAR Membership page.

Connie Celum, Director

Kenneth Mugwanya, Co-Director

Julie Dombrowski, Co-Director

Corey Casper, Associate Director

Grace John-Stewart, Associate Director

Susan P. MelloAssociate Director

Julie McElrath, Associate Director

Nina Kim, EDI Director

Louis Shackelford, OCE Director

Linh Newcomb, Grant and Finance Manager

Ron Craig, Fiscal and Program Specialist

Michael Louella, OCE Manager

Jacqueline Williamson, Program Specialist

Lauren Johnson, CFAR Student Assistant

Hana Phan, CFAR Student Assistant

Global Health
UW Box #351620

Seattle, WA 98195