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Congratulations to the 2010 HIVMA Leadership Award Winners

Every year, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) recognizes an HIV clinical educator and researcher that have changed the way we think about HIV disease or our approach to patient care. In addition, this year HIVMA also presented the 2010 HIVMA Association Citation, a discretionary award given by the HIVMA Board in recognition of exemplary contribution to the Association. The awards were presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of IDSA in Vancouver in October.  

Please consider recognizing a colleague’s work by nominating him or her for the 2011 leadership Awards. Details are available online or by e-mailing

Clinical Educator Award

The Clinical Educator award acknowledges an HIVMA member who has demonstrated significant achievement in the area of HIV clinical care and medical education by acquiring and disseminating information on HIV disease beyond a single institution.

Mark W. Kline, MD, FIDSAMark W. Kline, MD, FIDSA, has been treating children with HIV since the epidemic first surfaced among children in the late 1980s. His investigations of clinical therapies have led to successful treatments allowing children with HIV/AIDS to reach adulthood with a quality of life unimaginable 15 years ago. He also built a network of children’s HIV/AIDS centers across Africa staffed by the Pediatric AIDS Corps. Dr. Kline is currently the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital.


HIV Research Award

The HIV Research Award is given to an HIVMA member who has made outstanding contributions to HIV medicine in clinical or basic research early in his or her career. The award is based on innovation and originality and requires demonstration of significant independent research and productivity. For the first time since the inception of the HIVMA awards, HIVMA recognized the important work of two researchers whose nomination submissions received near identical scores.

Peter W. Hunt, MDPeter W. Hunt, MD, is an assistant adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His research has led to crucial discoveries about elevated immune activation during long-term HAART, persistent elevated immune activation in long-term control of HIV infection in the absence of therapy, and the negative consequences of this on both the immune system and the cardiovascular system. He also helped establish the Uganda AIDS Rural Treatment Outcomes cohort, one of only a few rigorous biologically oriented clinical cohorts in rural Africa. The cohort recently completed a project demonstrating that T cell activation is markedly elevated in untreated Africans, that T cell activation remains elevated during therapy, and that the degree of T cell activation on therapy predicts mortality.

David M. Smith III, MD, MASDavid M. Smith III, MD, MAS, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and director of the HIV/HCV and HIV/HPV Co-Infection Clinics in the Special Infectious Diseases Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. His research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of HIV to inform the development of biomedical interventions to interrupt HIV transmission. Most recently, he demonstrated for the first time phylogenetic evidence that cell-free RNA in seminal plasma is the origin of sexually transmitted virus between men who have sex with men.


HIVMA Leadership Citation

Daniel Kuritzkes, MD, FIDSAThis year, HIVMA presented a special discretionary award in recognition of exemplary contribution to the Association to Daniel Kuritzkes, MD, FIDSA.  As a founding Board member in 2001, Dr. Kuritzkes has played a vital role in establishing HIVMA as a globally recognized organizational home representing HIV clinicians and scientists and the needs of their patients. Under Dr. Kuritzkes’ leadership as HIVMA Chair, HIVMA launched the Minority Clinical Fellowship Award program, which will be one of his most enduring accomplishments. The highly successful program is now in its fourth year supporting African American and Latino physicians in pursuing careers in HIV medicine working with underserved populations.

Dr. Kuritzkes also serves as the co-editor of HIVMA’s annual compendium, Clinical Issues in HIV Medicine, and is a member of the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and currently is the director of the AIDS Research Section of Retroviral Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, chair of the executive committee of the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), and the director and principal investigator of the Harvard Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Unit.

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In This Issue
in the spotlight
Marking World AIDS Day
HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship Program: Application Deadline Feb. 15
Annual Meeting Coverage
AIDS 2012: Nominations Sought for Scientific Track Committees
new at HIVMA
Announcing the New HIVMA Board Members
Congratulations to the 2010 HIVMA Leadership Award Winners
ID and HIV Maintenance of Certification Modules Now Available
In Memoriam: Jeffrey Nadler, MD, FIDSA (1950-2010)
clinical news & resources
iPrEx: HIVMA Responds and Provider Resources
FDA Approves Drug to Treat Lipodystrophy in HIV Patients
TMP/SMZ Drug in Short Supply
Costs of HIV Care Remains High in HAART Era
federal & state news
NIAID Outlines Proposed Restructuring of Clinical Trials Networks
Take Action Now to Avoid HIV/AIDS Spending Cuts
HHS Pediatric Guidelines Panel Accepting Nominations for New Member
ryan white medical providers coalition news
NIAID Recruiting Ryan White Grantees for “When to Start” Study
HRSA/HAB Releases Systems-Level and Pediatric Performance Measures
meetings & opportunities
Workshop: HIV & Women, From Adolescence Through Menopause

2010 Clinical Issues in HIV Medicine

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