Conversations with the HPTN
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.
Theo Sandfort, Ph.D., is HPTN 075 protocol chair and professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is trained as a social psychologist in the Netherlands, where he was chair of the Gay and Lesbian Studies Department at Utrecht University. In 2001, Theo moved to New York and joined the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies.