FIGHT Research Partnership: The BEAT – HIV Collaboratory

Wednesday, June 17th 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Philadelphia is a major HIV cure research hub and home to several ongoing HIV cure research trials. What you may not know is that Philadelphia FIGHT is a long-standing supporter and partner in this research. This annual HIV Cure research update will showcase the history of research at FIGHT and highlight the importance of community-academic partnerships. It is developed with the community in mind to honor the unique partnership between Philadelphia FIGHT and the Wistar Institute and share what is new and exciting in Philadelphia cure-directed research. This workshop may also offer a unique and important voice – someone who has participated in an HIV cure trial.

  • Discuss the history of research conducted at FIGHT and the importance of community-academic partnerships to achieve the common goal of finding a cure for HIV within our lifetime
  • Review ongoing HIV Cure research being conducted at the Philadelphia FIGHT and The Wistar Institute
  • Understand why the search for a cure is important even with effective treatment
  • Gain insight from a recent cure-focused clinical trial research participant


Dr. Karam MounzerKaram Mounzer, MD

Philadelphia FIGHT

Dr. Mounzer is the Chief Medical Officer of Philadelphia FIGHT.  His clinical expertise is in HIV, HCV, HBV, and STDs and other general infectious diseases and treatment of multi-drug resistance HIV virus.  Dr. Mounzer’s research expertise is in HIV/HCV drugs and treatment strategy development, and HIV and HCV immunopathogenesis and resistance to ARTs.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  He received his medical training from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon and completed his fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.




Linden Lalley-Chareczko, MA

Philadelphia FIGHT

Linden Lalley-Chareczko has worked in the Research Department of Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers for 5 years and currently serves as the department’s Program Director. Her work includes the implementation of pharmaceutical industry and government grant funded clinical trials as well as work on a novel assay to detect tenofovir in urine. Prior to employment at FIGHT, Linden worked as a Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania within the Behavioral Sleep Medicine division, publishing multiple papers on the relationships between the experience of violence and impaired sleep. Linden holds a Master’s degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology.



Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., M.Sc., D.Phil.

Herbert Kean, M.D., Family Professor
Director, HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Leukocyte Biology
The Wistar Institute

Dr. Montaner has been engaged in HIV-1 immunopathogenesis work for over 20 years.  His research focuses on innate effectors, immune regulation of infection, activation measurements on ART, and translational human immunology-based studies. Dr. Montaner is an expert in directing multi-institutional and multi-investigator clinical studies with a basic research component and has served as the principal investigator and oversaw the completion of clinical research under team-lead clinical trials, including multiple trials across several institutions in Mexico, South Africa, Puerto Rico and US.  Dr. Montaner currently serves as Editor-In-Chief to the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.


Kenneth M. Lynn, MBA, BS, RN

Managing Director of Clinical Studies, HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory
Infectious Diseases Liaison – The Wistar Institute / Philadelphia FIGHT

Ken Lynn is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and works as a registered nurse within the University of Pennsylvania Perleman School of Medicine specializing in effective clinical trial management and community recruitment for HIV research studies. Ken received the designation as a Jonathan Lax Scholar in 1999 and used the accompanying  scholarship to further his education which ultimately led him to advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS over the past 20 years.   In addition to his primary role at the University of Pennsylvania,  Ken serves as the community research liaison for the Wistar Institute and Philadelphia FIGHT promoting education and increased community participation in important Philadelphia based HIV Curative research trials for the BEAT HIV Delaney Collaboratory.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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