Members of the Women's Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS (WRI) are asked to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on their expertise and knowledge. Our members include HIV/AIDS thought leaders representing clinical care, research, academia, advocacy, government, industry, and women living with HIV. All WRI members donate their time and expertise to this initiative without compensation (both WRI members and invited speakers attend without honorarium or other compensation). Members are asked to make every effort to attend the annual meetings and participate in at least one project during the term, such as editorial or white paper development, ad hoc meetings with research groups, or other activities as identified by the WRI.

Dr. Carmen D. Zorrilla graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1978. She has been a faculty member of the OB-GYN Department there since then and a Professor since 1998 and is the new Ob-Gyn residency program director.

Caroline Mitchell is an investigator in the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Carrie Foote is an associate professor of Sociology at Indiana University, where she teaches courses on the sociology of health and illness, particularly HIV/AIDS, and qualitative methods.

Chuck Wira is an internationally recognized scientist with specific expertise in endocrinology and mucosal immunology as it relates to the immune system at mucosal surfaces of the female reproductive tract.

Dawn Averitt was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 at age 19 and has since become one of the nation's most prominent HIV and AIDS advocates as well as an accomplished speaker and published writer on women's health issues.

Dázon Dixon Diallo is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for women's human rights and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, on behalf of communities of women living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs.

Elizabeth Connick is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado in the Division of Infectious Diseases. She is an immunologist with a specific interest in the immunopathogenesis of HIV-1 infection who is well known for studies of immune reconstitution in HIV-infected individuals.

Erika Aaron is an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia and has and has been providing care to persons with HIV/AIDS since 1989.

Fulvia Veronese is the assistant director for Translational Research and the Preclinical Team leader for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Prevention Science Program of the Division of AIDS.

Gina Brown, an obstetrician and gynecologist, joined the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) as a medical officer to manage microbicides and women's and girl's research issues.


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