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Women in Global Health Research Initiative

2019 Scientific Conference

April 25, 2019  New York, NY

Keynote Addresses

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Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA; Columbia University

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA is a University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia University, the director of ICAP at Columbia University, and director of the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health.  

Founded by Dr. El-Sadr, ICAP is a global leader in HIV, other global health threats, and health systems strengthening that provides technical assistance, implementation support, and conducts research in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations in more than 30 countries. In this role, she leads the design, implementation, scale-up, and evaluation of large-scale programs including on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and maternal-child health around the world.  

Dr. El-Sadr is a prominent researcher and has led numerous epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, and implementation science research studies. She is a principal investigator of the NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), which seeks to prevent HIV transmission, globally.  

Dr. El-Sadr was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. In 2013, she was appointed University Professor, Columbia's highest academic honor. She also holds the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair in Global Health. 

Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH; University of California, San Francisco

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Medical Director of the HIV Clinic ("Ward 86") at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focuses on HIV and women and low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair or urine samples. Dr. Gandhi also has a passionate interest in HIV education and mentorship. She is the Co-Director of the UCSF CFAR and works on initiatives to support early career investigators of diversity in HIV research at UCSF and train HIV researchers nationwide and globally on tools and techniques to improve their mentoring skills. She was awarded the HIV Medical Association’s Clinical Educator Award in 2017 and will serve as the Co-Chair of the International AIDS Conference in San Francisco/Oakland in 2020.

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Philippa Musoke, MBChB, PhD; Mekerere University

Philippa Musoke, MBChB, FAAP, PhD (Pediatric Infectious Diseases) is a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration (MUJHU), Kampala. Over the last 20 years, she has been conducting perinatal HIV prevention and Pediatric antiretroviral treatment clinical trials. Many of these clinical trials have informed international and national HIV treatment and prevention guidelines. Her areas of interest include prevention of mother to child HIV transmission, Pediatric HIV treatment for resource limited settings and childhood TB diagnostics and treatment. 

Panel Discussions

Females Leaders Across the Research Continuum

Moderator: Carey Farquhar, MD; University of Washington

Speakers: Priscilla Idele, PhD, MSc; United Nations International Children Educational Fund

Judith Currier, MD, MPH; University of California, Chair ACTG

Louise Ivers, MB, BCh, MD, MPH, DTM&H; Harvard Medical School

Isaayvani Naicker, PhD, MSc; African Academy of Sciences

Bringing Research to Scale: Promoting Female Leaders

Moderator: Jyoti Mathad, MD, MSc; Weill Cornell Medicine


Speakers: Vanessa Rouzier, MD; GHESKIO

Mary Ellsberg, PhD; George Washington University

Surbhi Modi, MD, MPH; Centers for Disease Control

Yukari Manabe, MD; Johns Hopkins University

Please find the full agenda for the 2019 Scientific Conference here.

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