Activities and Groups

We’re excited to announce that SHARC has several ways for you to get involved this semester! We want to ensure that you receive meeting announcements, working group reminders, and other SHARC communications specifically tailored to your interests. Please complete the survey at the end of this section to let us know which activities you would like to participate in or learn more about. You will be added to the email list for each of the activities you select.

Data Team Meetings: Biweekly meetings are held on Thursdays at 1:00 in CTRB 4217. This group reviews all current data projects and shares ideas in regards to best practices for data management and analysis.

Research Seminars: SHARC seeks to encourage integrative, cross-disciplinary connections through monthly one-hour seminars. Researchers from UF, and other affiliated institutions, present their latest HIV and Alcohol related research for interaction and feedback, which supports the development of research-in-progress into high-quality papers and presentations. Meetings are open for anyone to attend andare held in the CTRB building. If you are interested in presenting, please email



February 14th at 11am
CTRB, 2161

UF Student Seminar Featuring:

Kathleen Egan, PhD, MS
Prevention of Adolescent Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use & Medicine Disposal Programs.

Verlin Joseph, MPH
Patterns of Cannabis Use Disorders Among PLWH: Results from a Community Sample.

Zachary Mannes, M.S
Recreational versus alternative and complimentary therapeutic marijuana use among adults living with HIV: Reason for use is associated with medication adherence

February 28th at 11am
CTRB, 3161

Ajeet Kaushik, PhD
Assistant Professor
Florida International University
College of Medicine

“Smart Biosensor for Personalized Health Care”

March 7th at 10am
CTRB, 2161

Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Presentation Practice  

Dr Yan Wang
HIV & substance use among women

 Dr. Christa Cook, Dr. Rob Leeman, and Ben Beray
Technology in substance assessment/intervention

Dr. Rob Leeman, Dr. Ali Yurasek, and Tessa Frohe
Cannabis in relation to other substance use

March 21st at 11am
CTRB, 2161

Tyler Wray, PhD
Assistant Professor
Brown University
School of Public Health

“User-centered design strategies for building usable and engaging internet-facilitated alcohol and HIV behavior change interventions.”

April 4th at 11am
CTRB, 2161

Sheldon D. Fields, PhD
Dean and Professor
New York Institute of Technology
School of Health Professions

“The HOPE of Getting to ZERO: HIV / AIDS among Black MSM”

April 19th at 10am
CTRB, 3162

Robert J. Lucero, PhD
Associate Professor 
University of Florida
College of Nursing

“Evaluating the use of a Medication Event Monitoring System as an Objective Measure of HIV ART Adherence”


SHARC also strives to increase research knowledge, skills, experience, and opportunities for a range of trainees, including undergraduate, professional, graduate, and post-graduate. Our internship program is specifically tailored to each individual based on their interests and professional goals. Interns are able to participate in research, community events, marketing, publications, and other SHARC related activities.

Please complete the application below to join SHARC as an intern. Please note: SHARC is no longer accepting interns for the Spring 2018 semester. Any applications submitted after 2/1/18 will be reviewed in April for the Summer. We highly encourage students interested in SHARC to attend seminars and data team meetings before applying.

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Professional Development Program

One of the best ways to get involved is by joining the SHARC Professional Development program. It is a free self-guided online course designed to improve leadership and research skills through oral and written communications. The goal for each participant is to grow research skills and an appreciation for the multi-disciplinary aspect of HIV and substance use knowledge. The program is available to anyone interested in research.

Currently, there are three levels (or modules) with a series of tasks and goals listed in each.

Level 1 is designed to introduce the participant to SHARC and familiarize them with our work and personnel. Training in IRB and research is also included.
Time involved: 5-20 hours (depending on person)

Level II is designed to get the participant involved and integrated into the various projects and activities related to SHARC. The participant is expected to attend lectures, webinars, identify a mentor and begin thinking about a research concept.
Time involved: 10-30 hours (depending on person)

Level III is designed to get the participant involved in a leadership role. There is no specified time period allotted to each level. However, some activities (i.e.: community service) will only take place in some semesters. Each participant follows a unique path based on their experience and level in academics or in the field. The participant is expected to lead a working group and to complete a paper.
Time involved: 10-40 hours (depending on person)

As a participant follows the program, a mentor will be established and a research topic of interest will be determined. If the topic is SHARC related, the student will be able to work towards gaining access to SHARC data (for papers, posters, abstracts, etc.) and resources. SHARC’s goal is to increase the number of presentations, papers, and posters presented in the scientific community. The benefit to the participant is access to multiple HIV/Alcohol databases and monetary support (Level III) for conferences and/or paper submissions.

Anyone can join the Professional Development Program. We ask that you make the commitment to complete the program within one year.

To access the SHARC Professional Development program in Canvas, please click below to register.

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SHARC’s current research includes the Florida Cohort Study, the WHAT-IF? Study, and the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP). Each of these studies are described on the Current Research page along with the list of current concepts being worked on. If you are interested in getting involved with these studies, please contact Dr. Robert Cook at

If you would like to start a new analysis of one of our existing data sets, please see the information listed below concerning concepts.


Concept Submission Process

Submission of a concept is required for all proposed investigations involving analyses using existing data sets hosted by the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC). Concept submission is done through the Canvas site. The site is used to identify investigators working on the concept and to describe the concept. Concept Investigators will also receive feedback on their concept through Canvas once it is approved.

A. Concept Investigators
Each concept will have a Lead Investigator, who will be the primary point of contact for the concept, who will provide updates on the status of the concept, and who will initially lead the writing group for the concept. Students and non-faculty collaborators should identify at least one faculty member as a Faculty Sponsor. Students or faculty who are unaffiliated (external) to SHARC should also identify a collaborator (sponsor) who is currently an affiliated SHARC faculty member. Additional persons who will be collaborating on a concept project should also be listed as Concept Investigators.

B. Types of Concepts
Concepts can be submitted to request approval for analysis of existing data or to conduct an ancillary project (add new data collection or modify an existing project).

Concepts related to existing data or specimens: The SHARC HIV database repository includes data from several ongoing and previously completed projects. Each dataset will have a Principal Investigator, most datasets will also have a Project Review Committee and/or a list of additional investigators who should be invited to be part of a Writing Committee. Information about each available dataset is listed on the SHARC web site. Concept investigators should indicate which dataset they are interested in, and provide a summary of the key variables of interest. Requests for access to study specimens (e.g. blood in our repository) may require additional review.

Ancillary Projects. Proposed investigations involving the collection of new data (questionnaires, clinical and physical measures), modification of consent forms, or modification of study procedures will be considered Ancillary Projects. Ancillary projects will undergo additional review related to the types of resources needed to modify an existing project, and to consider the potential burden on study participants or research staff. Depending on the extent of the request, Ancillary Projects may require review by the SHARC Executive Committee and/or a Community Advisory Board.

View detailed description of concept process.

To submit a concept, please register below.

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Research Participants

Would you like to participate in a study?
We currently have one study that we are recruiting for: The Florida Cohort Study.
Descriptions of this study can be found on the Current Research page.

The Florida Cohort Study has several recruitment sites across Florida and if interested contact our Florida Cohort project coordinator:
Ezekiel Ojewale, who can direct you to a site closest to you.

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