The mission of the Boston HIV CAB of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health (TFI) is to present community perspectives and to provide informed commentary about the conduct of the studies/research being conducted, especially with regard to strategies to inform and educate community as well as ways to identify and support cohort recruitment in those studies. The CAB will take important HIV/AIDS research findings and disseminate them to the greater Boston community via various communication strategies including forums and educational events. Additionally, the CAB will provide input on appropriate risk reduction education and counseling methods, the establishment of referral networks for medical and support services, strategies for measuring risk behavior, and the development of approaches to inform and achieve community support for current and future biomedical, behavioral, and prevention studies
CAB members will serve as advisors to research staff and investigators by presenting community perspective and interests. BWH, MGH and TFI investigators have clinical and legal responsibility for the conduct of studies and, thus, take responsibility for all final decisions.
CABs are a significant piece of prevention and therapeutic trials in both developed and developing countries. They serve as primary liaisons between the community and the trial