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The AVRC Community Advisory Board is volunteer community advisory group that provides community members the opportunity to learn about ongoing HIV research and provide valuable feedback on proposed clinical research studies


What is the CAB?
The national AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) requires research centers throughout the country to establish a local Community Advisory Board (CAB). Members of a CAB assist their respective research centers in selecting and implementing new clinical research trials. The UC San Diego ACTG Community Advisory Board was established in 1990.

What does the CAB do?

  • Represents the interests of our community with regard to research studies.
  • Acts as a liaison to the community, educating people about participation in clinical trials.
  • Provides a forum in which community members can ask the researchers questions directly.

Who can join?
All persons from diverse backgrounds are welcome, regardless of medical history, current health, or HIV status. We especially encourage those who have taken part in clinical trials or who are currently enrolled in one.

When and where are the meetings?
Meetings are usually held the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There are often exceptions, so it is generally a good idea to call us first at 619-543-8080. Meetings are held in the conference room at the AVRC (220 Dickinson Street, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92103) conference room on the second floor. Park behind the building.

What happens at the meetings?
Usually a researcher discusses current research or pending research studies. At the end of the discussion, following questions and answers, CAB members discuss business matters, including educational or fundraising events in the community. A light meal is served.

What if I still have questions?
Contact Jill Kunkel at 619-543-8080 or

If you would like to be put on the CAB e-mail list for the CAB, please e-mail us You will receive an invitation to each CAB meeting and minutes from previous meetings.

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