Maria Luisa Alcaide
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dr. Alcaide is an Infectious Diseases specialist, Professor of Clinical Medicine and OB/GYN, Director of Clinical Research, the Infectious Diseases Research Unit, and the Miami Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) Clinical Core at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Through these roles, she provides scientific and administrative oversight to multiple multidisciplinary research studies focused on HIV and other infectious such as HCV, ZIKA, and more recently, SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Alcaide is an investigator of large NIH funded studies in the US and internationally. In the US, she is the principal investigator of a large study evaluating behavioral and biological factors that affect HIV acquisition among women, the Miami MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS), and the Women HIV Cohort Study/ Study of Treatment And Reproductive outcomes (STAR cohort). These NIH funded cohorts are the largest US multisite studies evaluating the effect of HIV across the lifespan among men and women in the US. In international settings she is a coinvestigator of studies evaluating interventions to improve adherence to antiretrovirals in challenging populations such as pregnant women in South Africa and Zambia, and challenging patients in Argentina. As a result of her work, Dr. Alcaide has authored over 100 scientific publications. Dr. Alcaide also plays a critical role in mentoring junior investigators (including students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty), with focus on those we are women and of underrepresented groups. She is the director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Miami CFAR Mentoring Programs, and she leads national and international mentoring initiatives.