FIGHT Research

Philadelphia FIGHT (FIGHT) was founded as the Community-Based Research Initiative on AIDS as a partnership of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and clinicians who joined together to improve the lives of people living with the disease by testing potential treatments for HIV/AIDS and its complications. Today, clinicians at FIGHT continue to be involved in a number of studies.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a controlled experiment in which people take medication for a specified time to determine its effectiveness and safety. Information gathered from clinical trials help create future treatments. Clinical trials are currently the most effective way to help people who have exhausted all proven therapies and to develop new and better treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Who can enroll in a trial?

Each clinical trial has specific requirements; anyone meeting those requirements may be eligible to enroll in a trial. FIGHT clinical trials are free and participation is voluntary. Before participating in a study, patients go through a consenting process, which explains all the risks and benefits of that particular study. Participants may withdraw from clinical trials at any time without affecting access to their health care.

Click the link to view ongoing trials conducted at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers.

If you are interested in participating in clinical trials, please contact the research staff of Philadelphia FIGHT at 215-525-8695.

Thinking of conducting research at FIGHT?

If you would like to collaborate with a  FIGHT investigator or conduct a research trial at FIGHT, please fill out the Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers Research Conduct Proposal Form and return it to If you would like to recruit for an ongoing research trial from the FIGHT client-base, please forward your IRB approved advertisements to Linden along with a brief description of your research.

Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers Research Conduct Proposal  Research and Regulatory Standard Fees

What’s new in FIGHT Research?

STAT Study

FIGHT Research is pleased to announce a newly open research opportunity for people newly diagnosed with HIV and who have not started antiretroviral therapy (ART) yet.

To participate, you must be 18 years of age or older and have been diagnosed with HIV within 14 days of your first study visit. Please call Emily at 215-344-1631 for more information or to request a screening appointment.

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Devon Clark

The Research team is happy to announce the return of Devon Clark to Philadelphia FIGHT.

For the next year, Devon will serve as Regulatory Associate and PrEP Program Project Manager. Devon has long championed PrEP access and service delivery at FIGHT and, prior to leaving to focus on schooling, served as PrEP Retention Coordinator at Y-HEP Health Center after developing the role during her time as a Research Assistant.

In addition to ensuring all research related submissions to our IRB are processed and reviewed in a timely manner, she will assist in expanding the PrEP program to some of our satellite health centers and work to develop quality assurance measures for the PrEP team. We are extremely fortunate to have Devon back in the FIGHT.


Program Information

  • Location: 1233 Locust St, 5th floor, Philadelphia PA 19107

  • Phone: 215-525-8695

  • Email:

Spotlight On

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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