June 1, 2010
Last week, nearly 1,000 researchers, advocates, funders and policy makers gathered in Pittsburgh for the International Microbicides Conference (M2010). This update provides links to coverage of that meeting--and a reminder to keep an eye out for more information on AVAC's upcoming webinar series that will explore key issues in biomedical prevention research raised at M2010. This will also help us prepare for the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna, July 18-23.
Also in this update: information on the 2010 Omololu Falobi Award winner and links to some key reports that were released at the M2010 meeting.
M2010: News Summaries and Upcoming Teleforums
At M2010 there were a number of interesting and important research updates from both the microbicide and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) fields. Check out some of the coverage from the conference on NAM's aidsmap, the Sunday Times in South Africa and Citizen News Service.
And, starting this month, AVAC will be hosting a series of webinars on key HIV prevention research updates and related topics. These calls will help advocates further explore the research presented at M2010 that may also grab the spotlight at IAC. Visit www.avac.org or look for an update later this week with information on webinar topics, times and speakers.
2010 Omololu Falobi Award Recipient
At the M2010 closing ceremony, Charles Shagi was presented the 2010 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy.
The Omololu Falobi Award highlights the essential role of community advocacy and leadership in HIV prevention research. It celebrates the life and values of the late Omololu Falobi, a long-time HIV advocate and journalist who was killed in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2006.
Charles Shagi, a Program Officer for the African Medical and Research Foundation, who is based in Mwanza, Tanzania, was honored for his significant contributions to developing and sustaining community engagement and education programs that empower women and their communities to advocate for themselves and to become vital partners in HIV prevention research trials.
Visit AVAC's Omololu Falobi Award page for more information on the Award, the selection process, how you can contribute and past Award recipients.
Several new resources were launched at M2010:
If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to be in touch and stay tuned for details on the webinar series!