The International AIDS Society (IAS) has awarded Milly Kaggwa Nanyombi from Uganda one of the three prestigious scientific prizes for her research on Preventing HIV Infection among adolescents by addressing Cross Generational Sex (CGS) in Secondary Schools in Uganda.
Kaggwa was presented the award in Rome (July 17) during the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS
The awards recognize scientists involved in innovative HIV and AIDS research throughout the world. “The quality of work represented by the 2011 awardees is remarkable,” said IAS President Elly Katabira. “The IAS hopes to draw the world’s attention to these individuals and to their significant scientific accomplishments, as well as to the continued need for innovation in all of the major areas of HIV and AIDS research, represented by the conference programme tracks.”
Kaggwa got $2,000 as award prize under the Women, girls and HIV investigator prize.
The Women, Girls and HIV Investigator Prize was offered jointly by the IAS-Industry Liaison Forum and UNAIDS, and supported by the International Centre for Research on Women and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.
The US$2,000 prize goes to an investigator from a low-income or middle-income country whose abstract demonstrates excellence in research and/or practice that addresses women, girls and gender issues related to HIV. The prize serves to highlight the challenges faced by women and girls in this epidemic and to encourage investigators from low- and middle-income countries to pursue research in this field of scientific endeavour.
Sabine Margot Hermans from the Netherlands won the IAS TB/HIV research prize and was awarded $2,000 to research into the integration of HIV and TB services results in earlier and more prioritised ART initiation in Uganda.
The young investigators award was shared by Xu Yu from China who will be researching unique mechanisms of CD4 T cell homeostasis in HIV-1 elite controllers and Musa Ngayo from Kenya, who will be looking into association of abnormal vaginal flora with male-to-female HIV-1 transmission among HIV-1 discordant couples in sub-Saharan Africa
The other winners in this category include Anandi Sheth from the USA Who will be researching genital secretions of HIV-1 infected women on effective antiretroviral therapy contain high drug concentrations and low amounts of cell-free virus and Lilanganee Telisinghe from the United Kingdom who will work on antiretroviral therapy roll-out in an African prison.
Each of the young investigators who are under 35 years of age got US$2,000 and the prize was jointly funded by the IAS and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS).
The young investigators prize aim to support young researchers who demonstrate innovation, originality and quality in the field of HIV and AIDS research.
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals, with 14,000 members from 190 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS.