We are excited to announce that our very own Dr. Steve Shoptaw has joined the UCLA AIDS Institute/CFAR Leadership group along with Dr. Pamina Gorbach. Together, they will lead the Biobehavioral Epidemiology and Substance Abuse Program Section. This will enable UCLA CFAR (Center for AIDS Research) to expand its presence into the field of HIV prevention and comorbidities, an emerging field of interest for the National Institutes of Health. The announcement was made at the end of January, but Drs. Shoptaw and Gorbach had already begun working closely with the group. They hosted their first meeting on February 1, with guests from across the country discussing biobehavioral substance use measurement for HIV positive and at-risk populations.