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.
• Community Engagement Group: This group will coordinate SHARC communication efforts, develop a marketing strategy, manage the social media platforms, and participate in community events. Meetings are biweekly.
• Working Papers Group: This group is for anyone that has a pending paper or is looking to be involved with paper writing. The group will assist in creating deadlines, providing feedback, creating a space for collaboration, and providing a block of time for anyone looking to write without distraction. Meetings are biweekly, but can be held more frequently, if desired.
• Data Team Meetings: Biweekly meetings are held on Thursdays at 2:30 in CTRB. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
If you would like to start a new analysis of one of our existing data sets, please see the information listed below concerning concepts.
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.
To submit a concept, please register below.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org who can direct you to a site closest to you.