Bekker, Linda-Gail

8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Linda-Gail Bekker, MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP (SA), PhD, is Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, UCT and Chief Operating Officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. She is a physician scientist and infectious disease specialist. Her research interests include programmatic and action research around antiretroviral roll out and TB integration, prevention of HIV in women, youth and men who have sex with men. She has served on numerous international and federal scientific and working committees. She heads up the Desmond Tutu Centre of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing at UCT and the aim of this consortium is to develop best practices and evidence base around adolescent treatment and prevention of HIV, TB and STIs as well as the integration of these services within a robust adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive service platform. She has also now taken up her Presidency of the International AIDS Society and serves as the International Co-Chair of the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris in July 2017 and the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in 2018.