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Current Opinion in HIV & AIDS:
doi: 10.1097/COH.0b013e32832cfc2f
Editorial introductions

Editorial introductions

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Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS was launched in 2006. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of HIV and AIDS are divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.

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Section Editors

Timothy Mastro
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Dr Timothy Mastro is Senior Director of Research at Family Health International (FHI), North Carolina, USA. He is also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr Mastro joined FHI in 2008 following a 20-year career at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He first came to CDC as an epidemic intelligence service (EIS) officer. His work at CDC addressed HIV prevention research and programs in the United States and in 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In the years 1993–2000, he served in Bangkok as director of the CDC HIV/AIDS collaboration with the Thailand Ministry of Public.

Dr Mastro is author or co-author of more than 150 published articles and book chapters and has served on various committees for the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and the US National Institutes of Health.

Dr Mastro received his MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine in New York City at Metropolitan Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and received a DTM&H from the Royal College of Physicians of London.

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Quarraisha Abdool Karim
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Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, is an infectious diseases epidemiologist whose main current research interests are in understanding the evolving HIV epidemic in South Africa; factors influencing acquisition of HIV infection in adolescent girls; reducing women's vulnerability to HIV infection; ethical challenges in the conduct of HIV/AIDS research and sustainable strategies to introduce HAART in resource-constrained settings. She is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. In addition she is the Director of the Columbia University - Southern African Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and is an Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at University of KwaZulu-Nata and is Co-Chair of the HPTN Leadership Group (a recently established US National Institute for Health clinical trial network that focuses on testing new HIV Prevention interventions. She serves on several boards including the AIDS Law Project, Academic Alliance and the Joint Oxfam HIV/AIDS Program (JOHAP) and as a consultant to WHO, UNAIDS and UNDP on several HIV/AIDS related expert committees in relation to gender, ethics, vaccines, treatment and research capacity building.

In addition to almost two decades of HIV prevention research experience, she has extensive policy and programmatic experience that stems from her term as the first national director of the South African National HIV/AIDS and STD Program that was established shortly after the first democratic elections. She has published extensively on HIV/AIDS in local and international journals, authored several book chapters including co-editing a textbook on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a reviewer for many public health and AIDS journals and is an editorial board member of HIV Clinical Trials. She has been a member of the scientific program committee for several HIV/AIDS and public health conferences, has delivered keynote addresses at several international AIDS conferences, including two plenary addresses at the International AIDS Conference in Geneva and Bangkok and chief rapporteur for the epidemiology and prevention track at the Toronto conference. She was a member of the National AIDS Task Team appointed by the Deputy State President of the Republic of South Africa to finalize the South African National Strategic Plan for 2007 to 2011.

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