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 Rachel Presti, MD, PhD, 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.


Rachel M. Presti, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Medicine
David B. Clifford, MD
Investigator Professor of Medicine and Neurology

Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI Assistant Professor of Medicine Associate Director of ID-CRU

                                     Mike Klebert, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Study Coordinator
Lisa Kessels, RN
Nurse Manger
Clinical Research Coordinator
Teresa Spitz, RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Sara Hubert
Clinical Research Coordinator
Kim Gray, Ed.D, MSN, ANP, BC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Tina Robinson
Clinical Research Coordinator

Pam Merriweather, Project Manager        pmerriweather@


AJ Winingham, Community Outreach Coordinator
Mike Royal, R Ph
Warren Seyfried, PhD Data Manager
   Laura Blair
Research Technician
Susan Wightman, RN, BSN, ACRN
Community Advisory Board Liaison
Constance Cafazza Quality Assurance