Craig Cohen, MD, MPH

Cohen, Craig 2019 120x160Craig Cohen, MD, MPH, is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and co-Director of the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI: He conducts clinical and implementation research in two major areas: HIV/AIDS care and treatment in developing countries, and HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention including the development of live biotherapeutic products to prevent bacterial vaginosis and HIV acquisition in women.

In 1994, Dr. Cohen and his colleague Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) established the Research Care and Treatment Program (RCTP) a collaboration with projects in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya. In addition to conducting research, the goal of the program is to enhance local capacity to conduct biomedical research through training and infrastructure development. Dr. Cohen is the Founding Director of the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES: since its creation in 2004. FACES is a CDC/PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in Western Kenya and supports the Ministry of Health to care for ~50,000 persons living with HIV. Overall, Dr. Cohen has directly mentored more than 70 doctoral/professional students, residents and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Cohen has collaborated with Osel Inc. since 2006 to develop LACTIN-V (Lactobacillus crispatus CTV-05) and MucoCept-CVN (Lactobacillus jensenii 1153-1666) to prevent BV recurrence and HIV acquisition in women, respectively.


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