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Council Commentary

Griffithsin: A promising non-ARV microbicide

Much-anticipated results from the first in-human clinical trials of griffithsin, a naturally occurring anti-HIV protein, were presented at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIV R4P) conference in Madrid this October.  These results, and research to date, suggest that it may be possible to formulate an on-demand user-controlled technology to prevent HIV and other STIs with limited risk of cross resistance.

We asked Tom Zydowsky, director of biomedical research and pharmaceutical development in the HIV and AIDS program at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) a few questions about griffithsin and its potential as a non-antiretroviral microbicide.

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Press Releases

First Trial Launches to Test Effectiveness of Male Contraceptive Gel

(November 28, 2018) NEW YORK, NY – The Population Council, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, and University of Washington School of Medicine today announced the launch of the first clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a gel for men to prevent unintended pregnancy. Three trial sites in the U.S. are now enrolling couples.

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Council Commentary

Population Council Welcomes Nyovani Madise as New Trustee

The Population Council is pleased to welcome Dr. Nyovani Madise to the Board of Trustees. Known for her research on the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and rights in low- and middle-income countries, Madise is currently Director of Research and Development Policy for the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) based in Malawi. AFIDEP aims to make evidence matter in policy and decision making in Africa, translating research into forms that are accessible to policy makers, government officers and members of parliament.

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Council Commentary

New Population Council Research Highlights Strategies to Accelerate Family Planning Access and Quality at ICFP 2018

This week, more than 40 Population Council staff from 12 countries are presenting research finding that advances access to quality family planning services and products at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda. Co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Rwanda, ICFP 2018 is bringing together thousands from the family planning community to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward. 

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Press Releases

Population Council to Determine Feasibility of Fast-Tracking Oral Contraceptive Multipurpose Prevention Technology (cMPT) Development

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 14, 2018)  ̶  The Population Council has received initial funding from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to assess the feasibility of combining oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention with an oral contraceptive into a single pill, which women would take once a day.

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