What is the Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit?

The Ohio State Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit (IDCTU) conducts federally sponsored research studies for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases. The unit is stffed by an expert, multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.

The IDCTU is one of 76 global sites within the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). The ACTG conducts research to improve the management of HIV and its comorbidities; develop a cure for HIV; and innovate treatments for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and emerging infectious diseases. The IDCTU has conducted studies within a variety of networks including but not limited to the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort (MWCCS), GILEAD Sciences, AstraZeneca and Atea Pharmaceuticals.

Education and Training

The IDCTU provides multidisciplinary education and custom designed training and technical assistance to support, motivate and educate physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dental professionals, pharmacists, advanced practice nurses, and members of the clinical team to provide quality HIV care. Additional trainings are provided to Ryan White funded staff from across the state. Our services help improve the quality of life for individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Examples of trainings include:

  • Introduction to HIV
  • HIV Medications Update
  • Opportunistic Infections
  • PrEP and STI PEP

Community Advisory Board – A Voice for Our Volunteers

As part of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, the IDCTU has a Community Advisory Board (CAB) providing 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. The CAB is open to all who are interested.

Want to join our CAB?

Call 614-293-6725 or email David.Andrist@osumc.edu.

Our Enrolling Research Studies

Our Enrolling Research Studies

The IDCTU has several currently enrolling studies that are in need of participants. Click the drop down for each study below to find out more and for contact information.

Notable Studies & Results

Notable Studies & Results

The IDCTU has participated in several historic studies that have improved HIV treatment and prevention over the years. Since 2020, the IDCTU has made significant contributions to COVID-19 treatment and prevention studies as well. Check out some of these studies below.

Red Ribbon Registry

The Red Ribbon Registry is a database of volunteers who are interested in participating in HIV/AIDS clinical trials. The registry connects volunteers with local clinical studies to strengthen the connection between the community and the doctors and scientists working to end HIV.

Visit the Red Ribbon Registry website to learn more and sign up.

Our Investigators

Our leaders

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Susan L. Koletar, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

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

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Carlos Malvestutto

Carlos Malvestutto, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Investigator, Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit

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Jose Bazan

Jose A. Bazan, DO

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Infectious Disease Consultant, Columbus Public Health
Investigator, Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit

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Yesha Patel

Yesha Patel, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Investigator, Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit

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Ashley Lipps

Ashley Lipps, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Investigator, Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit

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Brandon Pollak

Brandon Pollak, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Investigator, Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit

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Mohammad Mahdee Sobhanie, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Investigator, Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit

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IDCTU Staff

IDCTU Staff

Social Media

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Instagram: @ohiostateactu
Twitter: @osuactu

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