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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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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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New GIRL Center to Shape Research and Investments on What Works to Improve Girls’ Lives

NEW YORK, NY, June 28—The Population Council today announced the launch of the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center, a new global research and thought leadership hub that will generate, synthesize, and translate evidence on adolescent girls. Led by Thoai Ngo, Ph.D., director of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, the Center seeks to direct strategic investment into solutions proven to transform the lives of adolescent girls. 

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Population Council Presents New Analyses on Girls’ Education, Rights-Based Family Planning, and Men’s Use of Contraception at Population Association of America Annual Meeting

CHIGACO, ILLINOIS (April 26, 2017) — Population Council experts will present 23 abstracts on key health and development issues at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago from April 27-29. The annual meeting gathers more than 2,000 demographers, public health experts, sociologists, economists, scholarly publishers, and students to examine the latest population trends and topics in the US and around the world.

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International Law and Finance Experts Join Population Council Board of Trustees

NEW YORK (12 December 2016) — The Population Council announces the appointment of two new board members: Ms. Wanda Olson, who has over three decades of experience with the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, and Mr. Jonathan H. Kagan, an internationally recognized finance expert who serves as Managing Principal at Corporate Partners LLC.

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New Population Council Data on HIV and STI Prevention Tools and Strategies Presented at HIVR4P 2016

New Population Council research on promising new HIV and STI prevention tools and strategies for reaching key populations at high risk for HIV will be presented at the second biennial HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P 2016) in Chicago.  HIVR4P 2016, which runs 17–21 October, is the only global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention research.

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