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.

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Our Leaders

Our leaders

SusanKoletar

Susan L. Koletar, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Principal Investigator, AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU)
Pomerene Professor, Infectious Diseases
Professor, Internal Medicine

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para michael

Michael F. Para, MD

Co-Principal Investigator, AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU)

Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases
Professor Emeritus, Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics
Physician-FGP, Infectious Diseases

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maher updated

William E. Maher, MD

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Retiree-Faculty Emeritus, Infectious Diseases
Physician, FGP-Infectious Diseases

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wininger leader

David A. Wininger, MD

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Professor-Clinical, Infectious Diseases
Physician, FGP-Infectious Diseases

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JulieMangino

Julie E. Mangino, MD

Medical Director, Department of Clinical Epidemiology

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

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MarkLustberg

Mark E. Lustberg, MD, PhD

Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Assistant Professor,  Department of Internal Medicine

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JoseBazan

Jose A. Bazan, DO

Associate Director, Fellowship Program

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Medical Director, Sexual Health Clinic – Columbus Public Health (CPH)

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ACTU Staff

ACTU Staff

ACTU/AETC Staff

ACTU/AETC Staff

Research Nurses

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