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The following awards were presented at the Opening Plenary Session on Tuesday, 28 October:

Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights

In recognition of the connection between HIV prevention research and respect for all people affected by the epidemic, HIVR4P 2014 is inaugurating the first Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights. Named for one of the leading global advocates for HIV prevention and for the dignity of all people, the Tutu Award was presented at the conference opening ceremony. Fittingly, this first Desmond Tutu Award was presented to Archbishop Tutu himself, who made a video address to the conference. Archbishop Tutu’s daughter and the head of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, accepted the award on his behalf. The award will be presented in all subsequent biennial HIVR4P meetings.

New Investigator Awards

HIVR4P presented New Investigator Awards to five outstanding early-career investigators presenting top-rated work at the meeting. These awards are given to graduate students and fellow or junior faculty within the first three years of a faculty appointment with high-scoring abstracts that were accepted for oral presentations. The New Investigator Award recipients are Siriwat Akapirat of the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (Thailand); Jinal Bhiman of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); Elizabeth Byrne of Harvard University (US); Minlu Hu of Magee-Women's Research Institute/University of Pittsburgh (US); and Luca Schifanella of the National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute (US). Congratulations to all of the recipients of this prestigious recognition!

icon-NIAawardeeThe NIA oral presentations are identified in the program book by the ribbon on the left.

The following award was presented at the Closing Plenary Session on Friday, 31 October

The Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy

omololuThe Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy was established to pay tribute to the life and work of Omololu Falobi and highlight the essential role of community advocacy in HIV prevention research. It is intended to honour individuals who have shown leadership and commitment to HIV prevention research advocacy and inspired others to action.

Historically, it has been presented biannually to coincide with the international microbicides conferences (M2008, M2010 and M2012). We are delighted to present it at the first Research for Prevention (R4P) Conference in Cape Town in October 2014. This opportunity highlights the importance of partnership and advocacy in driving biomedical HIV prevention research. The recipient of the award receives a plaque and a cash prize during a public presentation at the conference.

Previous Falobi Award recipients are the following outstanding advocates: Lori Heise (USA) and Srikrishnan Aylur Kailasam (India) in 2008, Charles Shagi (Tanzania) in 2010, and Anna Forbes (USA) in 2012. Taiwo Oladayo Oyelakin received the award posthumously, at the closing ceremony, to honor his leadership and work as a passionate advocate who has inspired many others in their commitment to HIV prevention.

About Omololu Falobi

Beyond his untimely and tragic death in 2006, Omololu Falobi continues to inspire many people and projects. He was a visionary AIDS activist, an advocate for prevention research, and an exceptional journalist. He led campaigns for HIV prevention, treatment and research; won multiple national and international awards; and earned a tremendous reputation from all who had the privilege to work with him in Nigeria and internationally. He established the Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), co-created the Nigeria-AIDS eForum, co-founded the Nigerian HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Group, was a pioneer member of the Treatment Access Movement (TAM) Nigeria and a key leader of the African Civil Society Coalition on HIV and AIDS.

Coordination & Support - The Omololu Falobi Award Coordinating Committee is convened by the African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG) in collaboration with AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA), JAAIDS-Nigeria and the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS). Support for the award since its inception has come from AMAG, AVAC, GCM, FHI360, NHVMAS, Open Society Institute South Africa and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the M2008, M2010 and M2012 Conference Secretariats.