ICAP’s two research centers in New York, the Bronx Prevention Center and the Harlem Prevention Center, are hubs of research in New York City that have been historically underserved and disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic and, more recently, the COVID-19 epidemic. ICAP works with local community-based organizations, religious leaders, and advocates to promote community awareness of and engagement with the research studies.
Led by Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA and Jessica Justman, MD, this work is supported through the ICAP at Columbia University Clinical Trials Unit (CTU). The ICAP CTU aims to support the design and implementation of research to address gaps in the global HIV response, including through clinical research sites in the Harlem, Bronx, and Eswatini.
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the ICAP Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) provides guidance and feedback on proposed studies, outreach strategies, feedback on study materials, and information regarding community perceptions of the potential or current research studies.
Current studies include investigations of antibody-mediated prevention using broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) to prevent HIV or COVID-19, an injectable long-acting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) option, mobile technologies to improve PrEP adherence, integrated care for people who inject opiates, HIV vaccine studies, and studies of COVID-19 immunity, vaccine efficacy, and treatment among others.
Through Columbia University, ICAP also supports additional COVID-19 surveys and various student fellowship programs, engaging students to participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of ICAP-supported programs while working side-by-side with its experts.
Mailman School of Public Health
Harlem Prevention Center
Current HPC Studies
Completed HPC Studies
Bronx Prevention Center
Current BPC Studies
Completed BPC Studies
ICAP in the United States
Key Technical Areas
Clinical Research and Trials
- PrEP Research
- Sexually Transmitted Infections Research
- The Rockefeller Foundation
- The Samuels Foundation
- The New York Community Trust
ICAP Founder and Global Director
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr is the founder and director of ICAP and an international expert in epidemiology and research on the prevention and management of HIV, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. She is also the director of Columbia World Projects. For over three decades, she has advocated for families and communities most impacted by HIV and championed a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to confronting the global epidemic.
Based at Columbia University, she leads ICAP’s portfolio of projects in 30 countries and manages a global team of over 2,000 staff. Under her leadership, ICAP has become a global leader in HIV and health systems strengthening. She is also the director of the Mailman School’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), which mobilizes the University community to address critical challenges in global health.