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Awarding Excellence in HIV Prevention at HIVR4P 2016

HIVR4P is the only global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to HIV prevention. As the preeminent conference in the field, HIVR4P seeks to recognize those individuals and organizations that are doing truly outstanding work to promote innovation and excellence in HIV prevention research, and to bring us closer to a world without AIDS. HIVR4P 2016 will confer these awards to outstanding individuals and organizations in the field.

Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights

Named for one of the leading global advocates for HIV prevention and the dignity of all people, the Desmond Tutu Award is presented to an individual or organization that has worked in an outstanding manner to advance both HIV prevention research and the human rights of people affected by HIV. The Desmond Tutu Award reminds the world that efforts to stop HIV and efforts to protect the dignity and rights of all people impacted by this epidemic are inextricably linked. The inaugural Desmond Tutu Award was presented at HIVR4P 2014 to Archbishop Tutu himself, in recognition of his efforts to promote the human rights of all people affected by the epidemic, and of the ongoing commitment to prevention research and education of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.

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

The Omololu Falobi Award highlights the essential role of community advocacy in HIV prevention research. The award honors individuals who have shown leadership and commitment to HIV prevention research advocacy and inspired others to action.

Omololu Falobi 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. The award made in his name highlights the importance of partnership and advocacy in driving biomedical HIV prevention research. Previous recipients of the Omololu Falobi Award include Lori Heise (USA) and Srikrishnan Aylur Kailasam (India) in 2008, Charles Shagi (Tanzania) in 2010, and Anna Forbes (USA) in 2012. Taiwo Oladayo Oyelakin (Nigeria) received the award posthumously at the premier HIVR4P conference in 2014.

New Investigator Awards

HIVR4P will present New Investigator Awards to five outstanding early-career investigators presenting top-rated work at the 2016 conference. These awards are given to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty within the first three years of a faculty appointment with high-scoring abstracts accepted for oral presentations at HIVR4P. The award recognizes the outstanding work of its recipients, as well as the conference’s commitment to supporting the careers of outstanding early-career investigators.

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