WRI 2007 - Six Themes for the Future

Submitted on Sep 29, 2014


Each year, a summary report is generated to document the Annual WRI Meeting in order to best provide direction for WRI's ongoing work to advance the research for HIV+ women. The report from the 2007 meeting updates many of the ongoing efforts of the WRI which have been developed since WRI's inception in 2003. However, more than half of this year’s meeting time was used to consider the next five years for women with HIV. The outcome of those deliberations was an imperative to continue the research mission of the WRI and to also begin tackling several other major issues including HIV stigma/ignorance, routine HIV testing and inadequate access to healthcare. The WRI contends that our research advocacy mission is closely connected to these new goals. Until we make progress in overcoming these barriers, we will not have an environment in which we can make enough significant research progress. Stigma and inadequate healthcare access are two of the major reasons why many women do not know their infection or risk status and why the low enrollment of women in clinical trials continues.

Attending the meeting were members of the WRI (including representatives from clinical care, HIV research, academia, community-based organizations, government, the pharmaceutical industry and HIV-positive women), guest speakers and invited experts. A list of the 2007 WRI Meeting members, speakers and participants can be found below.

For the full 2007 meeting report, please click below.

2007 WRI Meeting Participants

Laura N. Armas-Kolostroubis, MD
Clinical Director, TX/ OK AETC
Staff Physician, HIV Women’s Specialty Center,
Parkland Hospital System
Judith D. Auerbach, PhD
Deputy Executive Director for Science & Public Policy
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Richard Averitt
Meeting Facilitator and Board Member
The Well Project
Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, APRN, BC
Associate Professor & Specialty Director,
Adult Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care Program
Duke University School of Nursing
Dawn Averitt Bridge
Co-Founder and Chair
The Well Project
Carol Brosgart, MD
Vice President Public Health & Policy
Gilead Sciences
Gina Brown, MD
Maternal-Fetal Specialist
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Susan E. Cohn, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Infectious Diseases Division
Elizabeth Connick, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Terri Creagh, PhD
Director of Research
Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
Karine Dubé, MPhil
Research and Program Analyst
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Judith Feinberg, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Kristy Grimm, PharmD
Associate Director, Virology Medical Strategy
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Debbie P. Hagins, MD
AAHIVS Clinical Director
Chatham County Health Dept.
Sally L. Hodder, MD
Executive Vice Chair, Director HIV Programs,
Medicine University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Marcia McDonnell Holstad, DSN, RN-C, FNP
Assistant Professor
Emory University
Rowena Johnston, PhD
Vice President, Research
amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research
Sharon Lee, MD
Director, Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care
Kansas City, KS
Joseph Mrus, MD, MSc
Medical Director
Tibotec Therapeutics
Heidi Nass, JD
Director, Education & Outreach
Cathy Olufs
Education Director
Center for Health Justice
Tonia Poteat, MMSc, PA-C, MPH
Physician Assistant
Grady Infectious Disease Program
Martell Randolph
Community Health Educator
Los Angeles, CA
Laura Ray
Research and Program Manager
The Well Project
Patricia Reichelderfer, PhD
Microbiologist NIH/NICHD
Alex Rinehart, PhD
Senior Science & Research Liaison
Tibotec Therapeutics
Maura Riordan
Executive Director
Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Disease (WORLD)
Deneen Robinson
Owner Savant Consulting Group
Yolanda Rodriguez-Escobar, LMSW
Executive Director
Mujeres Unides Contra el SIDA
Ellie Schoenbaum, MD
Professor Epidemiology & Population Health,
OB-GYN & Women's Health and Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Stephen P. Storfer, MD
Senior Associate Director of Virology
Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Kimberly Struble, PharmD
Medical Team Leader
Food and Drug Administration,
Division of Antiviral Products
Chris Turner, MSN, WHNP
Feminist Women's Health Center/Private Practice
Fulvia Veronese, PhD
Health Scientist Administrator
Prevention Science Branch,
DAIDS, NIAID, NIH, DHHS on detail from the NIH Office of AIDS Research
Ron Wilder
Meeting Facilitator and Board Member
The Well Project
Loreen Willenberg
Advocate, Affected Community
Lake Elsinore, CA
Carmen D. Zorilla, MD
Professor, OB-GYN
University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine




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