After the Capture: The Care and Treatment of Data

Erik van Widenfelt

By Martha Henry “Data! Data! Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay!” ~ Sherlock Holmes Science depends on data. A large clinical trial like the Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP) depends on lots of data. When the multi-year trial in 30 Botswana villages concludes, researchers hope their data will provide a better understanding of how to prevent HIV infections.

Essex Stresses Infectious Diseases to New Grads

Max Essex speaks at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s graduation ceremony 2016.

Max Essex gave the keynote address to the graduating class of 60 physicians at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine on Friday, May 6, 2016 in Huntington, West Virginia. Essex, the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard, is a noted AIDS researcher and Chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative.

Graduation Address Delivered by Max Essex

On May 6, 2016, Max Essex, the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard and Chair of the Harvard AIDS Initiative, addressed the graduating class of 60 physicians at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The ceremony took place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, West Virginia. Here are Essex’s remarks. Special congratulations to all who are graduating. I’m honored to be invited to your celebration. You should feel gratified,…

The Inner Life of a Complex Clinical Trial

Team Meeting at the BHP Photo By Dominic Chavez

Sent: October 30, 2013 Subject: YA TSIE-In the Field Hi, This is to confirm that the YA TSIE Study—The Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP) is underway and the team deployed today 30th October in the field at both Ranaka and Digawana. While there have been challenges and some initial delay in study initiation, it is with great confidence in the team and their ability to rise up to challenges that…

Max Essex: The Persistent Investigator

Dr. Max Essex Photo by Dominic Chavez

By Martha Henry It’s unlikely that you’ll ever meet anyone more focused than Max Essex. A 1986 New York Times profile described him as “mild mannered” with “a thatch of thick hair” and “among those in the forefront of the worldwide effort to find a cure for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.” Today, though his hair is white, that description still fits. Essex, now in his 70s, still arrives at the…

The Botswana Combination Prevention Project: A Way to End the Epidemic?

BCPP field team members and villagers in Shakawe

By Martha Henry The end of AIDS as a public health threat may not come from an effective vaccine, as many had hoped for decades, but from a collaborative effort across nations to prevent new HIV infections. The epidemic that spread mainly through sexual connections may be subdued not from a single breakthrough, but through long-term transnational collaborations.

Q&A with Pride Chigwedere: Examining African AIDS Policies

Dr. Pride Chigwedere is Senior Advisor to the African Union, UNAIDS Liaison Office to the African Union, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. He earned a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in 2008 and in 2105 was awarded the Emerging Public Health Professional alumni award. A native of Zimbabwe, Chigwedere is now based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He answered questions from Martha Henry, HAI’s Director of Communications.

Updates on Efforts to Combat the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

By Elliot Eton (Eton spent a gap year working with HAI in Boston and Botswana. He’s now a freshman at Harvard. This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Harvard Science Review.) The target is 2030. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has ambitiously set 2030 as the year by which we should achieve the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has claimed the lives of 39…

Essex Papers to End Up at Harvard

Max Essex in his office

  The papers of noted AIDS researcher Dr. Max Essex will end up at Harvard, where he has been conducting significant HIV/AIDS research since the beginning of the epidemic. Essex is the Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University, as well as Chair of both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI) and the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP).

The Microbiome’s Role in an Infant’s Developing Immune System

  The role bacteria play in human health—what’s termed our microbiome—has been much in the news lately. Each person is host to a unique assortment and concentration of over 100 trillion bacterial cells, most of which are beneficial. For example, the bacteria in our gut help us digest food and produce some of the vitamins we require. They also have a strong influence on everything from mental health to the…