spotlight

 

Brian Minalga is the deputy director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. HANC supports all aspects of clinical trial operations across the ACTG, HPTN, HVTN, and IMPAACT. Brian also directs the HANC Legacy Project, focusing on including underrepresented populations in HIV clinical trials.

Juliane Etima, HPTN 084 and HPTN 111 study team member, is director of psychosocial support services at the MU-JHU Research Collaboration in Kampala, Uganda. She has extensive experience in the provision of social, emotional, and educational support and innovations for empowerment and equity for children, youth, women, and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Nomhle Ndimande-Khoza is a social and behavioral scientist at Wits RHI in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a past HPTN International Scholar. She has more than 15 years of dedicated experience in HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women. Dr.

Ocean Rivera is a 25-year-old woman of trans experience who’s breaking barriers in research and for women like herself. She supported the implementation of a historic study as a peer health navigator. HPTN 091 is a first-of-its-kind study for trans-feminine people. Ocean was also the first trans woman to be named a state finalist and compete for the title of Miss New York, part of the Miss USA pageant. She currently works as a peer health navigator for Columbia University in New York.