CAPRISA Leadership Team Wins DST Award

June 9, 2011

On 5th June 2011,  Deputy Minister Hanekom of Science & Technology, South African Government, presented the CAPRISA leadership team with the Department of Science and Technology Award "For exceptional contributions to the CAPRISA 004 trial for HIV prevention in women.”  The team includes Dr. Ward Cates with FHI, Dr. Jim Rooney with Gilead, Dr. Jeff Spieler with USAID and Dr.Henry Gabelnick with CONRAD.

While presenting Dr. Gabelnick with the award, Deputy Minister Hanekom said: "As the Executive Director of CONRAD, Dr. Gabelnick, has the extraordinary ability of using science as a landmark in uniting dynamic individuals to achieve the goal of providing contraceptives to men and women in under-resourced parts of the world.

Dr. Gabelnick received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in 1966, from Princeton University. Committed to global health with a focus on women’s health, Dr. Gabelnick joined CONRAD at its inception in 1986 and became the Director in 1990.

Dr. Gabelnick has devoted more than 20 years to directing contraceptive research and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Gabelnick has envisaged innovative research for contraceptive development and was at the forefront of advocating for microbicide development when the idea was first envisaged.  Dr. Gabelnick is an acknowledged leader in the field of microbicide development and as such currently serves or has previously served on several microbicide boards including the Alliance for Microbicide Development, International Partnership for Microbicides and Biosyn, Inc.  Dr. Gabelnick was recognised for his unparalleled commitment and dedication to the development of microbicides and was awarded his second lifetime achievement award at the 6th International Microbicides 2010 Conference.

Today, we recognise and award Dr Gabelnick for his critical contributions and leadership role in the CAPRISA 004 trial." 


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