HIVR4P presents a number of awards to outstanding researchers and advocates in the field of HIV prevention:

New Investigator Awards and the Mathieson Award

All scholarship applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are considered for five New Investigator Awards for outstanding research by a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member. One of these, the Mathieson Award to a New Investigator in HIV Research, recognizes the late Bonnie Mathieson, former HIV vaccines lead at the U.S. NIH Office of AIDS Research, for her contributions to the HIV research field and her dedication in mentoring young investigators. These awards honor some of the finest work by early career investigators in the field of HIV prevention research.

We are proud to introduce this year’s new investigator awardees.

Christina Balle University of Cape Town, South Africa

Oranat Chuchuen Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Yik Chun Wong University of Hong Kong, China

Julia Roider Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen, Germany

Jeffrey Schneider Northwestern University, United States




Julia Roider is also the 2018 Mathieson Award winner.

Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention and Human Rights

At the opening plenary, the Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights was presented to Linda-Gail Bekker of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, in recognition of her ongoing commitment to ensuring community development and engagement in the HIV and TB response.

The Desmond Tutu Award highlights a central tenet of the HIVR4P philosophy: that human rights and HIV prevention are inextricably linked; that respect for the human rights of people affected by HIV is essential to slowing the epidemic; and that all people impacted by the epidemic have a central role to play in creating an AIDS-free future.

This recognition, given by HIVR4P every two years, was presented to Archbishop Tutu in 2014 in Cape Town and to Ambassador Deborah Birx in 2016 in Chicago.

Linda-Gail Bekker receiving the Desmond Tutu award from co-chair Georgia Tomaras

Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy

Gcobisa Madlolo during the Opening Plenary

The biennial Omololu Falobi Award is coordinated by AVAC, with the participation of multiple partner organizations. Presented at HIVR4P, the award pays tribute to the life and work of Nigerian activist Omololu Falobi and highlights the essential role of community advocacy in HIV prevention research.

In 2018 the award was presented to Gcobisa Madlolo, an activist, writer, proud mother of twins and a fresh, inspiring and powerful voice for young women in her native South Africa and beyond.

In addition to Madlolo, the award committee honored two other young women advocates:

  • Ruth Nahurira, a former participant in ASPIRE (A Study to Prevent Infection with a Ring for Extended Use) trial and HOPE (HIV Open Label Prevention Extension), two studies of the dapivirine vaginal ring.
  • Mercy Mutonyi Wafula, a passionate advocate and one of the earliest adopters of oral PrEP in Kenya.

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