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Esteemed Dr. Salim S. Abdool Karim Joins Population Council Board of Trustees

The Population Council announces the appointment of leading South African AIDS researcher, Salim S. Abdool Karim, to the Council Board of Trustees. Dr. Karim, a clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist is the Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), CAPRISA Professor of Global health at Columbia University in New York and Honorary Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

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Media Coverage

New York Times Women in the World: The intrepid doctors and scientists at the forefront of HIV

Recently, efforts to develop multi-purpose technologies (MPTs) have hit important milestones. At the New York Times "Women in the World," Pamela M. Norick details the Population Council's first in-human trial of griffithsin, a naturally occuring protein as one of the many exciting developments by intrepid doctors and scientists in the ongoing effort to prevent HIV.

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Council Commentary

Do adolescents and young women want PrEP? New formative findings from Tanzania

In Tanzania, there are 1.4 million people living with HIV (4.7% prevalence). While the country has made incredible strides in addressing the epidemic, adolescent girls and young women continue to be disproportionately affected by and vulnerable to HIV: HIV prevalence triples from age 15-19 to age 20-24 from 1.3% to 4.4%. 

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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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Press Releases

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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