CAPS Town Hall: John Sauceda, PhD, MSc; Karine Dubé, DrPH

Panel Discussion
The Next Frontier in Socio-Behavioral Science and Ethics Research on HIV Cure

550 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States

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The goal of this event to hear two presentations on research ethics and the role of social and behavioral sciences for HIV cure research. You will hear a brief presentation by John Sauceda, followed by a more in-depth presentation by Karine Dubé. Afterwards, we hope to have a fruitful round table discussion with the audience on new project ideas, collaborations, and gaps in the field. Our goal is to bring researchers together and discuss how our social and behavioral science expertise can play a role in HIV cure-related research.  

Bio: John Sauceda is an Assistant Professor at CAPS within DPS at UCSF. While his research focuses on depression and HIV care engagement research among Latino/a populations, he started a new line of research when he was selected as a fellow in the 2017-2019 Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) at Fordham University. The RETI program provides pilot funding for the conduct an original study that empirically examines key ethical issues related to HIV prevention research.

Project: Within insights from other CAPS faculty, John started his current HIV cure-related study by asking how the framing of risks and benefits in HIV cure research can both directly and implicitly influence the decision/willingness to participate. John will discuss his experimental design and goals for developing empirically-derived recommendations for framing the risks and benefits in research studies, especially around HIV cure research and high-risk studies. He will be joined by his collaborator, Karine Dubé, from the University of North Carolina

Bio: Karine Dubé, DrPH, MPhil (Oxon) is a leader in the area of ethics surrounding HIV cure research. She is a socio-behavioral researcher by training and an experienced research program manager. Her current work focuses on integrating socio-behavioral research as part of actual HIV cure trials in the United States. Karine bridges biomedical, socio-behavioral sciences and ethics in infectious diseases research. She has close to 15 years of experience in infectious diseases-related work, including Ebola and HIV prevention and cure research. Karine previously served as a research program manager for the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also is the co-founder and co-leader of the CUREiculum (, a collaborative program aimed at making HIV cure science accessible to the community and the HIV research field.