Conversations with the HPTN

Clemensia Nakabiito, MBChB, Mmed, is the HPTN 084 investigator of record at the Makerere University Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration (MUJHU) in Kampala, Uganda. She is an internationally-recognized practicing obstetrician/gynecologist and clinical researcher with more than 20 years’ experience in research involving pregnant and non-pregnant women, HIV-infected and uninfected women and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.  

Nomtha Bell-Mandla, MPH, is a project manager and study coordinator at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC) at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

María del Rosario (MaR) León, MS, is head of the Community Involvement Unit at Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA) in Peru. MaR has supported several HIV prevention and treatment studies through the NIAID networks (HVTN, HPTN, ACTG, MTN) for more than 10 years.

Blia Yang is currently the project manager for the intervention component of HPTN 071 in South Africa at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis (TB) Centre, Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. HPTN 071 is a three-arm community randomized trial in 12 communities in Zambia and nine communities in South Africa, with an estimated total study population of about 1 million people.