Conversations with the HPTN

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.

Robert Gamboa is the senior recruiter at the ICAP Harlem Prevention Center (HPC) in Harlem, New York. He joined HPC in 2009 as a community outreach worker for HPTN 061. Robert was instrumental in achieving the highest enrollment rate among all HPTN 061 study sites and best participant retention rate among all sites. He has nearly two decades of experience as a Harlem-based advocate, working with people who use drugs, transgender individuals and men who have sex with men (MSM).