Research

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 research@fight.org. 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?

Philadelphia FIGHT is a part of a coalition of more than 25 LGBTQ organizations across the state collecting data for the 2020 PA LGBTQ Needs Assessment. This information will be used to fuel new and existing community-based programs designed to close gaps in service and address the unique health needs of our population.

We are asking you to take the time to raise your voice for LGBTQ health and be entered in a raffle to win a gift card now at http://bit.ly/2020PANA_E. (People can also participate through a Spanish language version here: http://bit.ly/2020PANA_S.) 

Every person who partakes in the survey will be helping Pennsylvania’s department of health learn more about how to promote the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people and helping our coalition to build a stronger network of LGBTQ community supports across the state.

FIGHT Research is proud to partner with the University of Pennsylvania and the Wistar Institute on a novel approach to HIV therapy. The trial is part of the BEAT-HIV Delaney Collaboratory, a network of doctors and scientists dedicated to devising “the most effective way to combine immunotherapy regimens to cure HIV.” This trial wants to know whether three immune-targeted HIV therapies will work in combination, the first time such a trial will be conducted.

Visit: Local HIV trial combines three immune-targeted therapies to read more about this work or visit https://beat-hiv.org/ for more information on the BEAT HIV Delaney Collaboratory.

Program Information

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

  • Phone: 215-525-8695

  • Email: research@fight.org

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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