Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

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May 22, 2017
Dr. Amanda Castel, an Associate Professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, is the most recent addition to the DC CFAR Executive Committee. Dr. Castel is the Co-Director of the CPS Core, the PI of the DC Cohort, a PI or co-investigator on several additional NIH-funded studies, and a member of the NIH AIDS Research Advisory Council (ARAC). One of Dr. Castel's early experiences in HIV research was while she was an undergraduate student at Brown University. As a college student, she worked on some of the first clinical trials to test HIV/AIDS drugs in pediatric patients. This and other experiences solidified her interest in pursuing a career in HIV research.

After college, Dr. Castel moved to Senegal as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting research on women's knowledge of prevention of mother-to-child transmission. When her Fulbright ended, she completed medical school and her pediatrics residency, and subsequently joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Maryland Department of Health and then as a Preventive Medicine Resident. Dr. Castel has been at GW since 2006, where she has worked to provide a connection between the DC Department of Health and GW that fosters collaboration between researchers and public health practitioners.

At GW, Dr. Castel's research has largely focused on the HIV care continuum. She has received several NIH and CFAR grants to study the barriers to staying in care once in treatment. Dr. Castel is also examining how interactive technology and apps can assess risk, provide HIV prevention information including testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and encourage youth to remain vigilant in practicing prevention or in taking their HIV medications. In addition, she directs the DC Cohort, a DC-wide research study that has enrolled over 8,000 persons receiving HIV care in the District of Columbia at 15 clinical sites.

Dr. Castel emphasizes that the DC Cohort is not just for clinical researchers, but can be a valuable resource for basic and behavioral scientists as well. She is excited to work with junior researchers in developing their ideas and research portfolios and encourages them to be persistent in pursuing grant funding, mentorship, and CFAR services to conduct innovative multi-disciplinary research.