Established in 1987, the Washington University ACTU has been a highly productive participant in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group and is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Centrally located in the Midwest, it draws participants from Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Within the Division of Infectious Diseases, this ACTU is considered among the finest in the world. The Washington University ID-CRU is known for their expertise and is well established in the community. Led by David B. Clifford, MD, the ID-CRU provides access to HIV and Infectious Disease research opportunities, community outreach and education

Recently added to the ID-CRU is the HIV Prevention Trials Network PrEP program. Washington University is one of 28 US sites conducting this program and it is a first for the university and division. The overarching goal of the program focuses on providing new, innovative methods for increasing HIV preventive services for those at risk in the community. This combined community outreach, community engagement and biomedical intervention is a first of its kind. The ID-CRU is proud to host this program.

Our pharmacist Mike Royal brings a “human face” to research.


David Clifford, MD
Principal Investigator  cliffordd
Rachel M. Presti, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Andrej Spec, MD Instructor in Medicine
Mike Klebert, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Study Coordinator
Lisa Kessels, RN
Nurse Manger
Clinical Research Coordinator
Teresa Spitz, RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Kim Gray, Ed.D, MSN, ANP, BC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Sara Hubert
Clinical Research Coordinator
Tina Robinson
Clinical Research Coordinator

Alem Haile

Research Coordinator

Dawn Maker           Community Outreach              Coordinator
Mike Royal, R Ph
Warren Seyfried, PhD Data Manager
Tizita Legesse
Research Technician
David Coughlin
Research Technician
Amber Lutes
Project Manager
Amber Winingham                    Medical Secretary amberwiningham
Susan Wightman, RN, BSN, ACRN
Community Advisory Board Liaison
Constance Cafazza Quality Assurance