International conference on AIDS India presents lifetime achievement award


Dr. Henry Gabelnick of CONRAD recognized for contributions to reproductive health and microbicides

October 20, 2005--Chennai, India Today, the 5th International Conference on AIDS INDIA presented Dr. Henry Gabelnick, Executive Director of CONRAD, with their Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to reproductive health and microbicide development. The presentation took place during the inaugural ceremony of the conference in Chennai.

"I'm incredibly honored to be recognized by such a distinguished group of scientists," said Dr. Gabelnick. "The scientific community of India has made great strides in reproductive health and microbicide development, but I feel that we have so much more to accomplish. I hope to have increased support, particularly in the area of microbicide development, to continue funding this important area."

This year's conference focuses on new strategies such as microbicides to halt the incidence of HIV infections. India is now second to South Africa in the number of overall people living with AIDS and the epidemic continues to shift towards women and young people with nearly half of people living with AIDS being women.

Dr. Gabelnick joined CONRAD at its inception in 1986 and is also a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has served on panels of the National Research Council, NIH and WHO and currently serves as President of the Society for the Advancement of Reproductive Care.

CONRAD is currently conducting Phase III trials of Ushercell, a microbicide consisting of cellulose sulfate, which will evaluate its effectiveness for the prevention of HIV infection. Uganda, Benin, and South Africa are the first of six locations to be involved in the trial; other sites include Burkina Faso and two centers in India, including Chennai and Bangalore.

The Indian Council of Medical Research of New Delhi, India and CONRAD have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" on cooperation in microbicide research. The principal objective of the agreement is to facilitate broad cooperation in the development of new, safe and accessible methods of preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and of other sexually transmitted diseases by means of microbicides, which would be suitable for use in developing countries.

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