History of CAB


Dec. 1987

NIAID had its first ACTG Meeting. Researchers began meeting every three months in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 1989

ACT-UP/New York attended the 7th ACTG Meeting uninvited.

Jan. 1990

NIAID sponsored a meeting between 10 community representatives and leaders within the ACTG in San Francisco.

Mar. 1990

Community representatives plus two others from the San Francisco meeting attended the 8th ACTG Meeting as invited observers.

May 1990

Community representatives met in Dallas and expanded the group to 22 members in an effort to more accurately represent the populations affected by HIV. The Patient Constituency Group (PCG) was organized.

July 1990

The PCG attended the 9th ACTG Meeting. Representatives were allowed to attend Executive Committee sessions and the Scientific Core sessions as observers. The PCG expanded to 23 members.

Aug. 1990

The ACTG Executive Committee and the Patient Constituency Group recommended the formation of Community Advisory Boards at each ACTG site.

Sept. 1990

The PCG met in Chicago to select members as voting participants on the ACTG Executive Committee and Scientific Core Committees. The group adopted the name Community Constituency Group (CCG).

Nov. 1990

The CCG attended the 10th ACTG Meeting as a formal part of the ACTG system. Mario Solis Marich and Rochelle Rollins addressed the plenary session and introduced the CCG.

Mar. 1991

The CCG established a Protocol Development Subcommittee to help researchers in trial design.

June 1991

The CCG established an Accrual Subcommittee to look at accrual into ACTG trials.

Apr. 1992

The CCG distributed its priorities for the ACTG system at the 14th ACTG Meeting.

Feb. 1993

The CCG expanded its pediatric membership from one to six and increased its total membership to thirty individuals.

Nov. 1993

The Pediatric ACTG formally separated from the Adult ACTG.

Apr. 1995

The CCG expanded its pediatric membership from six to eight individuals and increased its total membership to thirty-two individuals.

Jan. 1996

The Adult ACTG (AACTG) formed and was funded through NIAID as a cooperative agreement. CABs were required at each site.

July 1996

Principal Investigator/Site Community Advisory Board (CAB) Survey results were presented at the 21st ACTG Meeting. The CCG expanded its pediatric membership from eight to ten to increase total CCG membership to thirty-four individuals. Computer support was first provided to members of the CCG.

July 1997

Monthly CAB calls were initiated. Held by time-zones, they provided a means for CAB members to talk about common concerns at their sites. The Pediatric CCG voted to separate and become a full committee of the Pediatric ACTG.

Dec. 1997

The Adult CCG initiated the Scientific Agenda Subcommittee to discuss and organize community views on research topics and make study proposals to the AACTG. Monthly calls focusing on scientific issues began soon after. The Adult CCG expanded to 28 members. The Adult CCG Steering Committee expanded to include CCG Subcommittee Chairs and RAC representatives.

Jan. 1998

The Site Evaluation Subcommittee (SES) was asked to include CAB criteria in the evaluation of the sites. The current CCG computer support program was initiated.

July 1998

The monthly CAB call expanded to all sites and began to focus on scientific or patient related topics. The Adult CCG approved the CCG Scientific Agenda.

Dec. 1998

The CCG approved a revised SOP. The first CAB Forum, organized by CAB members, was held at the AACTG Retreat.

July 1999

CCG members joined with Patient Care and the Executive Committees in a study of barriers to participation in trials. Members of the CCG participated in a Patient Care training session.

July 2000

The CCG/CAB received full time AACTG Operations Center Support.

Aug. 2000

The CCG developed Research Priorities.

Jan. 2001

The CCG/CAB Coordinator initiated CAB site visits.

July 2001

The CAB elected a co-chair to the CCG CAB Liaison Subcommittee.

Sept. 2001

The CAB added a second monthly call. The CAB developed a CAB training to be held at each national AACTG meeting.

July 2002

CCG Regional Reps are established.

Jan. 2003

CAB Version 0.5 Project Initiated for CAB review of developing protocols.

Mar. 2003

CAB Liaison Monthly Business Call begun.

July 2003

CAB Certificates provided to sites.

Aug. 2004

CCG elects co-chairs. Donna Davis Award established.

Nov. 2004

First CAB members from non-US sites join CCG.

July 2005

Discussion initiated on community trainings for non-US ACTG sites.

Aug. 2005

CCG completes new Community Scientific agenda.

Feb. 2006

CCG becomes Network CAB (NCAB).

Sept. 2006

Africa CAB Education call established.

Dec. 2006

Community Scientific Agenda updated Bridget Murtagh Award established.

Aug. 2007

Spanish language CAB Education Call established.

June 2008

Largest number of community members ever to attend ACTG Group Meeting - 82.

Dec. 2008

ACTG leadership and NCAB approve reorganization of ACTG Community making Global CAB the primary committee, and NCAB becomes Community Scientific Subcommittee.

Mar. 2009

ACTG Community reorganization becomes official on March 16, 2009.

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