What is the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit?
The Ohio State AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is one of 34 sites nationwide that conduct federally sponsored research studies for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, and related illnesses. The unit is staffed by an expert, multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
At the ACTU, volunteers may participate in studies that contribute to improving treatment outcomes and managing drug resistance, preventing and treating co-infections and contribute to our increasing knowledge of treatment as prevention.
AIDS Education and Training Centers
Ohio State’s ACTU is part of the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) national network of centers conducting multidisciplinary education and training programs for healthcare providers treating individuals with HIV/AIDS. AETC services help improve the quality of life for individuals with HIV/AIDS.
Community Advisory Board – A Voice for Our Volunteers
As part of the federally funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group, Ohio State’s ACTU has a Community Advisory Board. This board provides advocacy and partnerships for affected communities, especially clinical trial participants. We encourage participants to ask questions about the research process and share their ideas and concerns.
If you are interested in participating in research at Ohio State’s AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, call 614-293-8112 and speak with our screening nurse. All information is strictly confidential.
Types of studies
At the ACTU, volunteers may participate in a wide variety of studies that contribute to improving treatment for HIV, including new therapies and managing drug resistance, preventing and treating co-infections and contribute to our increasing knowledge of treatment as prevention.
Mark E. Lustberg, MD, PhD
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Jose A. Bazan, DO
Associate Director, Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Sexual Health Clinic – Columbus Public Health (CPH)
Kathy Watson, RN Study Coordinator
Jan Clark, PharmD Research Pharmacist
Shirley Ventresca Data Manager
Ben Smith Medical Records Manager
Leah Kofmehl Clinical Research Coordinator
Brian Greenfelder Virology Laboratory Supervisor
Nassima Saidi, BS Lead Virology Lab Technologist
Nkafu Etchi Lab Technologist
Jane Russell, RN, BSN, ACRN Site Director, AETC
David Andrist Program Manager, AIDS Education and Training Center
Isaac Navar Research Data Coordinator
Heather Harber, RN
Mark Hite, RN