Conversations with the HPTN

Christopher Blades, a member of the HVTN/HPTN 081 (AMP) and HPTN 083 community working groups, is the community program manager at UCLA’s Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, housed at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic in Los Angeles.

Linly Seyama, MS, RN, is a study and community engagement coordinator for Blantyre Clinical Research Site (CRS) in Blantyre, Malawi. She joined the CRS in 2001 and has been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of participants at the site. Linly completed her master’s degree in social development and health at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Estelle Piwowar-Manning, MT, is the deputy director at the HPTN Laboratory Center and director of the Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) core at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore. She is a medical technologist specializing in immunology with more than 25 years’ experience in HIV diagnostics, Good Clinical Laboratory Practice, CLIA/ISO standards as well QA /QC at both domestic and international sites. Estelle oversees the LC QA core and is a protocol team member of several HPTN studies.

Teopista Nakayanzi is a member of the HPTN 084 Community Working Group and a community liaison with the Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She was a co-principal investigator for the Academic Community Partnership NICHD/NIH supported grant that explored community-based participatory research methods in generating maternal and pediatric HIV disparities, research agenda, and dissemination strategies. Ms.