Conversations with the HPTN

Josephine Ayankoya, MPH, is the Community Programs Manager for Bridge HIV, a research unit of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In this role, she leads the organization's recruitment, education, and engagement efforts for NIH-funded research studies.

Dr. Chirenje is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Health Science at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. His main research interest is HIV prevention clinical trials in women with particular emphasis on microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis development and cervical cancer screening/treatment of pre-cancer lesions in low resource settings. He is also principal investigator for a large U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded HIV clinical trials unit (UZ-UCSF) that is executing clinical trials for four networks (ACTG, IMPAACT, MTN, HPTN). 

Louis Shackelford is a community education coordinator at the Harlem Prevention Center CRS in Harlem, New York. He is responsible for fostering partnerships with community-based organizations, serving as a liaison and conducting educational activities for the community around research and sexual health.

Charles Chasakara is the CTU Community Engagement Coordinator at the University of Zimbabwe-University of California San Francisco Clinical Trials Unit in Harare, Zimbabwe. Charles currently works on HPTN 076, HVTN 703/HPTN 081 and HPTN 082.