Jared Kitagawa

CTU Research Coordinator, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Unit (UZCHS-CTU)​

Mr. Kitagawa has been involved in women’s reproductive health research and programs since 2000. Prior to joining the CTU in 2008, Jared worked in teen pregnancy prevention and reproductive health education programs, as well as HIV prevention and treatment research in women and children. He currently provides research and project coordination for a diverse portfolio of HIV/AIDS-related research in Zimbabwe.

Areas of Interest:

  • HIV/AIDS prevention methods in women and adolescents
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Family planning and contraceptives access
  • Abortion
  • Teen pregnancy prevention

Major Projects:

  • University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Unit (UZCHS-CTU); Principal Investigator: Z.M. Chirenje, MD, FRCOG
    • HPTN 082: Evaluation of Daily Oral PrEP as a Primary Prevention Strategy for Young African Women: A Vanguard Study
    • HPTN 084 (LIFE): A Phase 3 Double Blind Safety and Efficacy Study of Long-Acting Injectable Cabotegravir Compared to Daily Oral TDF/FTC for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in HIV-Uninfected Women.
    • HVTN 120: A Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial to Evaulate the Safety and Immunogenicity of ALVAC-HIV (vCP2438) and MF59 or AS01B-adjuvanted clade C Env Protein, in Healthy, HIV-uninfected Adult Participants
    • MTN 015: An Observational Cohort Study of Women following HIV-1 Seroconversion in Microbicide Trials
    • MTN 016 (EMBRACE): HIV Prevention Agent Pregnancy Exposure Registry
    • MTN 025 (HOPE): A Phase 3b Open-Label Follow-on Trial to Assess the Continued Safety of and Adherence to a Vaginal Ring Containing Dapivirine in Women
    • MTN 032: Assessment of ASPIRE and HOPE Adherence
    • MTN 034 (REACH): A Phase 2a Crossover Trial Evaluating the Safety of and Adherence to a Vaginal Matrix Ring Containing Dapivirine and Oral Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in an Adolescent Female Population
  • SAFER: The Impact, Feasibility, Acceptability, and Cost-Effectiveness of Safer Conception Strategies for HIV-Discordant Couples in Zimbabwe; Principal Investigator: Joelle Brown, PhD, MPH


  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelor’s in Sociology