Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD

Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD is an infectious diseases epidemiologist who recently co-led the CAPRISA 004 clinical trial -- the first to demonstrate efficacy of a topical microbicide for HIV prevention. Her main research interests include understanding the evolving HIV epidemic in South Africa; factors influencing acquisition of HIV infection in young women; sustainable strategies to introduce HAART in resource-constrained settingsand linking HIV responses to the MDG health goals. Dr. Abdool Karim leads the Southern African Fogarty  AIDS International Training and Research Programme and co-chairs the HIV Prevention Trials Network. She serves on the faculty of the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.