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 nine 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 Editor for this issue.
Kenneth H. Mayer
Kenneth Mayer's clinical research career has focused on the natural history and transmission of HIV in the U.S. and in Asia, having developed some of the very first cohort studies and prevention interventions dealing with the AIDS epidemic. He was trained in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, USA (1977–80) and in infectious diseases, and molecular epidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA (1980–83). As the founding Medical Research Director of Fenway Health, USA, he created a community health research program that has developed an international reputation for its capability to conduct community-based peer reviewed research, with a staff of more than 80 researchers and educators, including almost 20 doctoral level independent investigators. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, USA, and Attending Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, USA, where he is Director of HIV Prevention Research. He previously was a Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown University, USA. He published some of the earliest data describing the prevalence of HIV among men who had sex with men in the early 1980's, and subsequently co-authored the first paper showing that antiretroviral drugs suppressed HIV replication in semen. He has been the Protocol Chair of four Phase I studies of novel topical microbicides, designed to prevent HIV transmission, and was the lead author of the first paper studying the safety of a topical antiretroviral microbicidal vaginal gel. As the Principal Investigator of the Brown-Tufts Fogarty International AIDS Training and Research grant for more than a decade, he has helped develop the research capabilities of almost 100 international investigators, and co-authored some of the first papers describing the natural history of HIV in India, before and after the introduction of generic antiretroviral therapy.
Since 1994, he has been the Principal Investigator of the only National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded HIV Prevention Research Clinical Trials Unit in New England focusing on biobehavioral prevention (HIVNET and HPTN) and chemoprophylaxis (MTN), as well as more than 20 other active research studies focusing on innovative approaches to HIV prevention. He is the Co-Chair of an National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-funded protocol evaluating a community-based prevention intervention for African-American men who have sex with men in six U.S. cities. He is the co-author of more than 450 peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored the first text on AIDS for the general public (The AIDS Fact Book, Bantam Press, 1983) and has co-edited five academic texts, including most recently, The Social Ecology of Infectious Diseases and HIV Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach. He continues to teach and mentor medical students, residents, and fellows. He has provided care to people living with HIV since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
He has served on the national boards of the HIV Medicine Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. He has received awards recognizing his work from the Governor of Massachusetts, the Rhode Island Medical Society, the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He currently serves on the national Center for Disease Control/ Health Resources and Services Administration (CDC/HRSA) HIV Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society.