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  • CAPRISA colleagues elected as new ASSAf members

    Two CAPRISA colleagues were recently elected as new members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at a special awards ceremony held on 11 October. CAPRISA Senior scientist, Professor Ayesha Kharsany, and CAPRISA Research Associate, Professor Penny Moore, were among the new members elected to ASSAf in the category Health and Medical Sciences.

    New Members are elected each year by the full existing Membership. Membership of the Academy is a great honour and is in recognition of scholarly achievement.

    Professor Kharsany is a senior scientist and epidemiologist. She is the Principal investigator on two major studies - the HIV Incidence Provincial Surveillance System (HIPSS) study and the HIV Transmission Networks study, which looks at why young women are at high risk for HIV, transmission dynamics and to identify the source of their HIV infection. Her research focus includes sexually transmitted and lower genital tract infections as well as bacterial vaginosis, and the role of these infections play in facilitating and enhancing HIV transmission.

    Professor Moore, an NRF Brated scientist, is a Reader and DST/NRF South African Research Chair of Virus-Host Dynamics at the University of the Witwatersrand and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Research Associate at CAPRISA. Her research focuses on HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies, and their interplay with the evolving virus.

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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.