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  • CAPRISA’s 2016 Scientific Advisory Board Report

    On 24th November 2016 the CAPRISA Board of Control approved the report of the CAPRISA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) annual meeting held on 20 July 2016. The SAB meeting was timed to coincide with the International AIDS Conference in Durban. A number of leading scientific experts who were attending the conference were invited to attend the SAB and provide comments. The SAB undertakes a detailed review of CAPRISA’s research programme every 3 years, with the last such review having been conducted in April 2015.

    The 2016 SAB review was a shorter, more focused review, principally of the major studies being undertaken at CAPRISA. The SAB commended the CAPRISA team on its continuing high impact scientific contributions, the success of its scientific capacity building programme, and its effective knowledge translation strategies, bearing fruit through informing policy and practice while moving the science forward.

    SAB Members in attendance at the meeting were: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (Institut Pasteur), Peter Godfrey-Faussett (UNAIDS), Gray Handley (National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US National Institutes of Health), Catherine Hankins (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development [Chairperson]), Yogan Pillay (National Department of Health), Fareed Abdullah (South African National AIDS Council), Sibongiseni Dhlomo (KZN MEC for Health) and Thomas Quinn (Johns Hopkins University and NIAID/NIH).

    CAPRISA Scientific Advisory Board members, CAPRISA staff and several world-renowned scientists at the CAPRISA SAB Meeting held in July 2016

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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.