Linda-Gail Bekker, MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP(SA), PhD

 

Linda-Gail Bekker is Deputy Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She is the Chief Operating Officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. A physician scientist and infectious disease specialist, Professor Bekker’s research interests include programmatic antiretroviral roll out, HIV/tuberculosis integration, and HIV prevention in women, youth, and men who have sex with men. She is Principal Investigator of UCT’s Clinical Trials Unit (UCTCTU) and is actively involved in the work of the 4 associated UCTCTU clinical research sites and NIH Division of AIDS (DAIDS) networks. She has chaired protocols for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and the HIV Prevention Trials Network and been Investigator of Record in a number of network-related protocols. She heads up the Desmond Tutu Centre of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing aimed at developing the adolescent HIV/TB/STI treatment and prevention evidence base to inform adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive service platforms. She served as President-Elect of the International AIDS Society (IAS) from 2014-2016 and then President (2016- 2018. She co-chaired the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris, France and the 22nd International AIDS conference 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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