Community Scientific Subcommittee (CSS) of the GCAB

The CSS supports investigation into the pathogenesis and treatment of HIV. To this end, the CSS strives to ensure that the ACTG scientific priorities reflect the pressing needs of the entire spectrum of people with HIV/AIDS, and to protect the interests of research participants in ACTG studies. The CSS seeks to represent the interests of the diverse communities impacted by the HIV epidemic into the clinical research mission of the central AIDS Clinical Trials Group. 

Specifically, the CSS advocates for as broad inclusion as possible into the full range of ACTG clinical trials and for innovative solutions to include traditionally under-represented populations in ACTG studies. The CSS serves as active participants of the Executive Committee, Science Committees, and Resource Committees. As members of each protocol team the CSS members articulate community perspectives relevant to protocol design, development, and accrual and retention of participants.
 
Members for the CSS are selected by the New Member Subcommittee based on the need of the community to retain a broad degree of experience (including living with HIV), various areas of expertise, and diversity including geographic, racial, gender, and ethnicity. The CSS strives to maintain a membership that can both effectively represent the interests of the larger HIV community and reflect the various communities impacted by this epidemic.
 
The CSS also works closely with the GCAB and local ACTG CRS Community Advisory Boards (CABs), to facilitate the transfer of concerns between the local communities and the national ACTG and its committees. CSS members are active members of their local CABs, where feasible, and overall, at least 80% of all CSS members are required to be active members of their local ACTG CRS CAB.