CONRAD Expands Staff in Arlington and Norfolk

July 16, 2009
Arlington, VA

Arlington, VA -- The CONRAD Program of the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is pleased to welcome Meredith Clark, PhD, Matt Reeves, MD and Este Armstrong, PhD to the Arlington location and Andrea Thurman, MD to the CONRAD program at EVMS which is based in Norfolk, Virginia. 

CONRAD is a cooperating agency of USAID and committed to improving reproductive health by expanding the contraceptive choices of women and men and by helping to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.  Their microbicide, biomarker and animal model research has been crucial to moving the HIV prevention field forward. 

Dr. Thurman is an associate professor of OB-GYN and is focusing her research on sexually transmitted infections, ways to improve partner notification of exposure to STDs, ethnic disparities in STDs and the importance of involving the partner in treatment (expedited partner therapy).  Prior to joining CONRAD, Dr. Thurman was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where she carried the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  She received her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois and her BA, summa cum laude, from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.   

Matthew Reeves, MD, MPH, is a medical officer at CONRAD and an assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  His work will focus on the early phase clinical trials of HIV prevention and contraceptive products.   He earned a BA in physical anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 where he spent one year as a student at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  Dr. Reeves attended Harvard Medical School during which time he worked in Malawi and conducted research at the University of Nagoya, Japan.  In 2006, he completed the Fellowship in Family Planning & Contraceptive Research and the multidisciplinary MPH program at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Reeves was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine prior to joining CONRAD.

Meredith Clark has joined CONRAD as Manager, Drug Delivery for the Product Development team where she oversees the technical development of many of the early drug delivery projects, particularly intravaginal rings.  She received her PhD from the University of Utah in Bioengineering and her BS from UC-Davis in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior.  Following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Clark worked as a research associate to help manage several microbicide gel and ring formulation development projects, some of which are CONRAD-funded. 

Este Armstrong is a Senior Associate Editor at CONRAD, where she is focusing on developing publications and newsletters for the organization.  She received her PhD from Columbia University, New York in Biological Anthropology and her B.A. from Mills College in Oakland, California.  As a Senior Scientist of the Yakovlev Brain Collection at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, she directed research that led to the first quantitative measurement of the verticality of cortical neurons.  Her analytical research led to work in IT security during the boom. 

Additional staff changes include Jill Schwartz. MD as the new Medical Director, who has taken over the position from Christine Mauck, MD.   Dr. Mauck  continues to consult for CONRAD on biomarker projects as well as microbicide safety and female condom work.  She is also overseeing a project involving improved measures of correct product use in clinical trials. 

 “We are thrilled to have top talent like Andrea, Matt, Meredith and Este join CONRAD and assist us in continuing the important work we began over 20 years ago,” said Dr. Henry Gabelnick, Executive Director of CONRAD.  “I’m an ardent believer in the potential microbicides have for reducing the HIV epidemic and because reproductive health and HIV prevention go hand in hand,  providing men and women with options for both are crucial to family health, as well as economic health, in developing countries.”

CONRAD is a Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, VA, where it has laboratories and a clinical research center.  The main office is located in Arlington, VA with additional offices in Atlanta, GA and West Chester, PA.

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