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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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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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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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Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series

Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series

The Population Council is co-hosting a seminar series exploring the links between people and their environments in our fast-changing global landscape. Convened in partnership with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), and the UN Population Division, this seminar series will feature key experts from the fields of demography, climate and public health sharing insights on their interdisciplinary work to measure and solve climate related challenges.

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Join us at AIDS 2018

Next week more than 15,000 global leaders, policy makers, researchers, and advocates from 160 countries will gather in Amsterdam for #AIDS2018 to share the latest in HIV prevention, treatment and cure research, and insights on the global agenda.

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First Multipurpose Gel Designed to Prevent HIV, HSV, and HPV Simultaneously in Women and Men Advances in Clinical Trials

NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2018) – A new Phase I study of the Population Council’s multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) gel PC-1005, launching this week, will examine the safety of the gel when used rectally by both men and women. If proven effective, PC-1005 gel would be the first product to prevent three incurable sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and human papillomavirus (HPV)—when used either vaginally or rectally. 

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Making the Dream to End HIV a Reality by Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Emerging lessons from the DREAMS partnership

The Center for Global Development and the Population Council co-hosted a high-level discussion on emerging insights from the DREAMS initiative, an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.  Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Project SOAR, the Population Council leads the DREAMS implementation science and capacity building portfolios.

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