Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Beyrer, Chris; Baral, Stefan D.; Sullivan, Patrick S.

Current Opinion in HIV & AIDS: March 2014 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/COH.0000000000000048
Editorial introductions

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 Editors for this issue.

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Chris Beyrer

Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. He is the founding Director of the University's Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He also serves as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and of the Center for Global Health. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Co-Chairs the US National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research Planning Committee on Epidemiology and Natural History and serves on the Scientific Expert Panel of UNAIDS. In 2012, he became President-Elect of the International AIDS Society (IAS), and will serve as President of the IAS, the world's largest body of HIV professionals, from 2014 to 2016. Prof. Beyrer Co-Chairs the IAS Key Populations Working Group with Prof. Michel Kazatchkine. He is also serving as Co-Chair, with Prof. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, of the WHO Consolidated Guidelines for HIV among Key Populations, due for release in 2014.

Prof. Beyrer is the author of more than 190 scientific papers, and author or editor of six books, including War in the Blood: Sex, Politics and AIDS in Southeast Asia, and Public Health and Human Rights: Evidence-Based Approaches. He has guest-edited a number of series and special issues, including special issues of The Lancet on HIV and Substance Use in 2010, and MSM and HIV in 2012. He has served as a consultant and adviser to numerous national and international institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the World Bank, WHO, UNAIDS, the Open Society Foundations, the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research, amfAR The Foundation for AIDS Research, Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch. Dr Beyrer received a BA in History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, his MD from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, and completed his residency in Preventive Medicine, public health training, an MPH and a Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He received an honorary Doctorate (PhD) in Health Sciences from Chiang Mai University in Thailand, in 2012, in recognition of his 20 years of HIV service in Thailand.

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Stefan D. Baral

Stefan D. Baral is a Physician Epidemiologist and a member of the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH), USA. Stefan completed his certification as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada focused on Community Medicine, with advanced training in infectious diseases surveillance and public health practice. Dr Baral has also trained and is clinically licensed as a General Practitioner with a focus on primary HIV care. Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in southern, eastern, and western African countries as well as in central and southeastern Asia. In addition, Stefan has been led or supported the implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention studies globally characterizing effective combination HIV prevention packages funded by the World Bank for men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who use drugs. Stefan has also been involved in HIV prevention studies in several countries including Senegal, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa funded by among others USAID, NIAID, and NIDA. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.

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Patrick S. Sullivan

Patrick S. Sullivan, DVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, and the Co-Director of the Prevention Sciences Core at Emory's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), USA. Dr Sullivan's research focuses on HIV among men who have sex with men, including behavioral research, interventions, and surveillance. Previously, Dr Sullivan worked as the Chief of the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch in the HIV Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, implementing HIV research studies and surveillance systems to meet critical local, state and national HIV prevention needs. He also served as the Associate Director of Scientific Support for the NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network. He is currently the principal investigator of NIH-funded studies to determine reasons for black/white disparities in HIV among MSM, to develop and assess a comprehensive HIV prevention package for men who have sex with men in South Africa, and to develop and test a couples HIV testing intervention for male couples. Sullivan also serves as the Principal Scientist for AIDSVU.org, an online mapping utility depicting US HIV surveillance data. His past editorial roles have included service on the board of scientific reviewers for the American Journal of Veterinary Research; Deputy Editor of Public Health Reports; Academic Editor for PLoS Medicine and PLoS ONE; and Associate Editor for the Annals of Epidemiology.

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This series has been jointly supported by the infrastructure and resources provided by the Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research, (1P30AI094189), and the Emory University Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI050409), which are supported by the following NIH Co-Funding and Participating Institutes and Centers: NIAID, NCI, NICHD, NHLBI, NIDA, NIMH, NIA, FIC, and OAR.

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