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CONRAD wins USAID Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for development of first vaginal gel proven to reduce HIV
Date:1/29/2014

Arlington, Va. CONRAD, a leading reproductive health-research organization based at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), today announced that they are a winner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for their work in developing tenofovir gel. The vaginal gel, containing the antiretroviral tenofovir, was proven to reduce HIV and HSV-2 infections in women in the landmark CAPRISA 004 trial. Offered for the first time this year by the USAID Office of Science and Technology, the prize recognizes excellence in the use of science and technology to solve the latest development challenges.

CONRAD, along with fellow Pioneer Prize winners CAPRISA and FHI 360, worked with support from USAID and the South African government to prove the concept that a vaginal gel containing antiretrovirals used before and after sex could work at the site of infection. The gel was tested on 889 women at two sites in South Africa by Drs. Salim Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim and the successful results were announced at the 2010 International AIDS Society conference in Vienna, Austria in 2010.

CONRAD Scientific and Executive Director Gustavo Doncel, M.D., Ph.D. said, "It is an incredible honor for CONRAD to be one of the recipients of the first ever USAID Pioneers Prize, particularly considering the numerous worthy projects that USAID and PEPFAR support. This was truly a team effort led by brilliant and dedicated researchers at CAPRISA who implemented the trial with the assistance of organizations such as FHI360, Gilead Sciences and CONRAD." Follow on collaborations between CONRAD and CAPRISA resulting from the USAID-funded study continue until the present.

Jeff Spieler, Ph.D. (Hon), MSc, Senior Technical Advisor for Science and Technology in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID and former CONRAD Executive Director Henry Gabelnick, Ph.D. were early supporters
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Contact: Annette Larkin
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