WRI 2010 - What Makes Women Vulnerable to HIV, and Once They Acquire It, to Disease Progression?

Submitted on Sep 25, 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 2010 WRI meeting aimed to address the complex question: What makes women vulnerable to HIV infection, and once infected, to disease progression?  Following multiple scientific presentations from guest speakers and experts as well as updates from WRI members, and break-out discussion sessions, the WRI 2010 concluded that the only way to adequately address all of the issues that impact HIV treatment and prevention for women is to develop a greater focus on interdisciplinary research. An interdisciplinary research approach places research questions about women and HIV into biomedical, behavioral and social contexts, thereby addressing issues impacting the way women become infected, how treatment can be most effective, and many other issues related to HIV in women.  The 2010 Annual WRI Meeting took place from April 15-18 in San Martin, CA with 20 members of the WRI participating (including representatives from clinical care, HIV research, academia, community-based organizations, government, the pharmaceutical industry and HIV-positive women), as well as guest speakers and invited experts.  A list of the 2010 WRI Meeting members, speakers and participants can be found below.


2010 WRI Meeting Participants

Laura Armas-Kolostroubis, MD* (WRI member) 
Parkland Health and Hospital System;
Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center
Judith Auerbach, PhD* (WRI member) 
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Richard Averitt (WRI team) 
The Well Project
Dawn Averitt Bridge* (WRI member) 
The Well Project
Gina Brown, MD* (WRI member) 
National Institute of Health Office of AIDS Research
Ju-Hui Chang, PhD (WRI attendee and speaker) 
Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital,
Massachusetts Institute Technology and Harvard
Susan E. Cohn, MD, MPH (WRI member) 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Elizabeth Connick, MD (WRI member) 
University of Colorado Denver
Division of Infectious Diseases
Jenna Conley (WRI team) 
Conley Communications
Debbie Cooke, CMP (WRI team) 
Meeting Masters
Terri Creagh, PhD (WRI member) 
Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
Rebecca Denison (WRI attendee) 
Shari Dworkin, PhD, MS (WRI attendee and speaker) 
Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH (WRI member) 
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Kristy Grimm, PharmD (WRI member) 
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Debbie P. Hagins, MD (WRI member) 
Chatham County Health Department
Yasmin Halima, MPH (WRI member) 
Global Campaign for Microbicides
Sally Hodder, MD (WRI member) 
Naina Khanna (WRI attendee) 
U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN) and WORLD
Alan Landay, PhD (WRI member) 
Rush University Medical Center
Sharon Lee, MD (WRI member) 
Family Health Care
Krista Heitzman Martel (WRI team) 
The Well Project
Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH (WRI attendee and speaker) 
University of Washington
Joseph Mrus, MD, MSc (WRI member) 
Bach-Yen Nguyen (WRI attendee) 
Merck Research Labs
Monica Ruiz, PhD, MPH (WRI member) 
Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, George Washington University
Stephen P. Storfer, MD* (WRI member) 
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Carole Treston, RN, MPH (WRI attendee) 
AIDS Alliance for Children Youth & Families
Ron Wilder (WRI team) 
Aligned Action, Inc.
Charles Wira, PhD (WRI member) 
Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Physiology

* WRI Executive Committee member



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