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Population Council Advances Non-Antiretroviral Multipurpose Prevention Technology For HIV and STI Prevention to Clinical Trial

First in-human clinical trial of griffithsin, a naturally occurring anti-HIV protein, which limits risk of cross-resistance to antiretroviral (ARV) products

NEW YORK, NY—The Population Council today announced the enrollment of the first participant in the Phase I clinical trial evaluating PC-6500 (griffithsin in a carrageenan gel), an investigational multipurpose technology to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), two major threats to sexual health around the world. This is the first in-human study of griffithsin (GRFT), a naturally occurring algae protein that inhibits HIV and other pathogens, including Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2).                                                                                                              

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Council Commentary

10 Ideas That Changed the World

10 Ideas That Changed the World

How can we protect vulnerable communities from HIV? How does quality of care impact health outcomes?

Many of the ideas and perspectives that seem self-evident today in fact first emerged from an observation, question or insight that challenged accepted norms years ago.

Since our founding, asking bold questions and delivering rigorous evidence to improve health and well-being has been at the heart of the Population Council. Our research has addressed critical health and development issues, from slowing the spread of HIV and AIDS to putting women and girls at the center of global development.

This November, we are proud to turn 65 and to reflect on some of our exciting contributions. We’re celebrating 65 years of Ideas, Evidence, and Impact and the collective efforts that have made this world a better place. 

Join us as we unveil 10 ideas that changed the world in the lead-up to our 65th anniversary on November 7, 2017.

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Council Commentary

Gender-based Violence: A Neglected Barrier to Women’s Engagement in HIV Services

Today, there is widespread recognition that gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights violation and pervasive global health challenge with many consequences for women and girls including physical injury, psychological trauma, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.  

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Celebrating Four Council 120 Under 40 Winners

This week the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health announced 40 new winners of 120 Under 40’s New Generation of Family Planning Leaders project, including four outstanding Population Council colleagues representing Cambodia, Pakistan, and the United States. 

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Population Council Awarded Breakthrough-RESEARCH Project by USAID

New York, NY (August 17, 2017) — The Population Council has been awarded Breakthrough-RESEARCH, a five-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project aims to improve healthy behaviors and norms across key global health areas, including family planning and reproductive health; HIV/AIDS; maternal, newborn and child health; emerging infectious diseases; and malaria. Led by the Population Council, consortium partners include the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, Population Reference Bureau, Tulane University, Avenir Health and ideas42.

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Council Commentary

Invigorated by the science, resolute in the work ahead: Reflections from IAS 2017

Each day, approximately 4600 people around the world are newly infected with HIV, and more than 2500 die of HIV related causes each year.1  Substantial progress has been made to combat the epidemic, but the need for rigorous research and scientific breakthrough to achieve an AIDS-free world has never been more pressing. 

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