International AIDS Society

IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

The International AIDS Society (IAS) has a rich history of supporting investigators by presenting prestigious scientific awards to young and established scientists involved in innovative HIV/AIDS research throughout the world. The most long-standing of these awards was the IAS Young Investigator Award, a prize of US$500, which used to be awarded to young researchers presenting the highest scoring abstract in each of the conference’s tracks.

Following the IAS 2003 conference in Paris, the surplus of the conference was donated by the ANRS to set up a fund to establish the ANRS/IAS Prize which was awarded for the first time in 2005. The US $3,000 prize was conferred annually to three young investigators from resource-limited settings presenting outstanding HIV research directly or indirectly related to increasing access to prevention, treatment and care in resource-limited settings.

In 2009, to increase the profile of the awards and broaden their scope, the IAS and ANRS (via Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Jean-François Delfraissy) decided to combine the awards to create the IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award.

The US$2,000 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award is jointly funded by the IAS and the Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le sida et les hépatites virales (ANRS) to support young researchers who demonstrate innovation, originality, rationale and quality in the field of HIV research. One prize is awarded to the top scoring abstracts in each of the conference tracks.

Eligible candidates are the presenting authors of abstracts submitted to IAS 2015, who meet the following criteria:
  • The abstract must have been accepted as an oral presentation, poster discussion or poster exhibition by the Scientific Programme Committee
  • The presenting author must be under 35 years of age
  • The research demonstrates innovation, originality, rationale and quality

All abstract submitters who meet the criteria are automatically considered.

Previous Award Winners

AIDS 2014 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic and Translational Research
Matthew Woods, Canada, for the abstract Interferon-induced HERC5 protein inhibits HIV-1 replication by two novel mechanisms and is evolving under positive selection”.

Track B: Clinical Research
Sarah E. Rutstein, USA, for the abstract “Identifying persons with acute HIV infection in urban Malawi HIV testing and sexually transmitted infection clinics: an opportunity for HIV transmission prevention”.

Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Jilian Pintye, USA, for the abstract “Male circumcision and the incidence of syphilis acquisition among male and female partners of HIV-1 serodiscordant heterosexual African couples: a prospective study”.

Track D: Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights
Lucie Cluver, South Africa, for the abstract “Threefold increased suicide attempt incidence amongst AIDS-affected and abused adolescents in South Africa: a prospective national study”.

Track E: Implementation Research, Economics, Systems and Synergies with other Health and Development Sectors
Ashley Grosso, USA, for the abstract “Prevention and treatment needs of women who started selling sex as minors”.

Special HIV Cure Prize
Gilles Darcis, Belgium, for the abstract “Synergistic activation of HIV-1 expression by compounds releasing active positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) and by inducers of the NF-kB signaling pathway”.

IAS 2013 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences
Kavidha Reddy, South Africa, for the abstract “Association of APOBEC3G genetic variants with HIV-1vif sequence variation and impact on HIV-1”.

Track B: Clinical Sciences
Michael Schomaker, South Africa, for the abstract “When to start ART in children aged 2-5 years? Causal modeling analysis of IeDEA southern Africa”.

Track C: Prevention Science
Jennifer Smith, United Kingdom, for the abstract “Could misreporting of condom use explain the apparent association between injectable hormonal contraceptives and HIV acquisition risk?”.

Track D: Operation and Implementation Research
Raluca Buzdugan, Romania, for the abstract “Feasibility of population-based cross-sectional surveys for estimating vertical HIV transmission: data from Zimbabwe”.

Special HIV Cure Prize
Lachlan Gray, Australia, for the abstract “HIV-1 entry and trans-infection in astrocytes: implications for cure and eradication”.

AIDS 2012 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences
Rik Schrijvers, Belgium, for the abstract “Dissecting HIV-1 integration site selection using a human LEDGF/p75 knockout cell line”.

Track B: Clinical Sciences
Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe, USA, for the abstract “HPV genotype attribution of anal neoplasia in HIV-positive MSM: estimating the preventable fraction and disease misclassification”.

Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Science
Renee Heffron, USA, for the abstract “Association of injectable contraception and risk of HIV-1 acquisition in women in HIV-1 serodiscordant partnerships: persistence of effect in multiple sensitivity analyses”.

Track D: Social Science, Human Rights and Political Science
Kathleen Deering, Canada, for the abstract “Mapping spatial barriers and facilitators to HIV testing by work environments among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada”.

Track E: Implementation Science, Health Systems and Economics
Caitlin A Matson, USA, for the abstract “Integration of infant HIV testing at nine month immunisation visit in South Africa: a proposed model of service delivery”.

Special HIV Cure Prize
Nitasha Kumar, Australia, for the abstract “Myeloid dendritic cells and HIV latency in resting T cells”.

IAS 2011 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences
Xu Yu, China, for her abstract “Unique mechanisms of CD4 T cell homeostasis in HIV-1 elite controllers”.

Track B: Clinical Sciences
Musa Ngayo, Kenya, for his abstract “Association of abnormal vaginal flora with male-to-female HIV-1 transmission among HIV-1 discordant couples in sub-Saharan Africa”.

Track C: Prevention Science
Anadi Sheth, USA, for her abstract “Genital secretions of HIV-1 infected women on effective antiretroviral therapy contain high drug concentrations and low amounts of cell-free virus”.

Track D: Operations and Implementation Research
Lilanganee Telisinghe, UK, for her abstract “Antiretroviral therapy roll-out in an African prison: It can be done”.

AIDS 2010 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences
Stephanie Planque, USA, for her abstract “Prototype covalent HIV vaccine for inducing antibodies that neutralize genetically divergent virus strains”.

Track B: Clinical Sciences
Gabriel Chamie, USA, for his abstract “TB microbiologic and clinical outcomes in a randomized trial of immediate vs. CD4 initiated antiretroviral therapy in HIV-positive adults with high CD4 cell counts”.

Track C: Biomedical Prevention
Joseph Larmarange, Mali, for his abstract “Mapping HIV prevalence in Africa for a better understanding of epidemics: example from Burkina Faso using 2003 demographic and health survey data”.

Track D: Operations Research
Michaela Leslie-Rule, USA, for her abstract “The language of love: Tanzanian women define intimacy, sexuality and violence in the 21st century”.

Track E: Economics, Operations Research, Care and Health Systems
Gesine Meyer-Rath, South Africa, for her abstract “Total cost and potential cost savings of the national antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in South Africa, 2010 to 2017”.

Track F: Policy, Law, Human Rights and Political Science

Khalil Elouardighi, France, for his abstract “Biogeneric development: when trade secret law clashes with research ethics”.

IAS 2009 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences
Renato Aguiar, Brazil, for his abstract “HIV encapsidates viral genomic RNA and APOBEC3G in mRNA processing bodies.”

Track B: Clinical Sciences
Max O’Donnell, USA, for his abstract “High incidence of multidrug resistant and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis among South African health care workers.”

Track C: Biomedical Prevention
Ashraf Fawzy, USA, for his abstract “Diarrhea morbidity and mortality increases with weaning prior to 6 months among uninfected infants born to HIV-infected mothers in Zambia.”

Track D: Operations Research
Ingrid Bassett, USA, for her abstract “Who starts ART in Durban, South Africa?...not everyone who should.”

2008 ANRS/IAS Prize

María Lorena Cabrera Ruíz, Paraguay, for her abstract “Prevalence of Resistance-Associated-Mutations in HIV-infected Mexican Children after multiple ARV failure”.

David Damba, Uganda, for his abstract “Improving Quality of Life of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS through a Computerized Drug Management System - TASO Mbale Experience”.

Joyce Wamoyi, Kenya, for her abstract “Women’s bodies are shops”- Beliefs about transactional sex and implications for understanding gender power and HIV prevention in Tanzania”.

2008 IAS Young Investigator Awards

Track A: Biology and Pathogenesis of HIV
Birgitt Dau, USA, for her abstract “Connection Domain Mutations Are Common in Treatment-Experienced Patients and Are Associated with Virologic Outcome”.

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care
Alastair Teague, United Kingdom, for his abstract “Clinical experience with raltegravir (MK-0518 or Isentress®), with an optimised background regimen in highly treatment-experienced patients”.

Track C: Epidemiology, Prevention and Prevention Research
Tara Beattie, United Kingdom, for her abstract “Community mobilization - an approach for rapid increases in condom use and reductions in sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Mysore, South India”.

Track D: Social, Behavioural and Economic Science
Kenneth Gimbel-Sherr, USA, for his abstract “Task shifting to mid-level clinical health providers: An evaluation of quality of ART provided by tecnicos de medicina and physicians in Mozambique”.

Track E: Policy
Richard Pearshouse, Canada, for his abstract “Rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and HIV: promoting women’s rights through legislation”.

2007 ANRS/IAS Prize

Track A: HIV Basic Science
Dmytro Kovalskyy, Ukraine, for his abstract “Development of small molecule inhibitors of HIV-1 Tat- protein phosphatase-1 interaction as a new anti-HIV-1 retroviral therapeutics”.

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care
Apollo Basenero, Uganda, for his abstract “Inadequacy of clinical and immunological criteria in identifying virologic failure of 1st line ART: the Ugandan experience”.

Track C: Biomedical Prevention
Lu Yin, China, for her abstract “Incidence of HIV and hepatitis C viruses among injection drug users in Southwestern China: a 3-year follow-up study”.

2007 IAS Young Investigator Awards

Track A: HIV Basic Science
Miranda Zoe Smith, Australia, for her abstract “Vaccine-induced CD8+ T cells control reversion of SIV Gag immune escape mutants”.

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care

Marcello Pinti, Italy, for his abstract “Upregulation of the mitochondrial PRSS15/LON during lipodistrophy: ex vivo and in vitro detection”.

Track C: Biomedical Prevention
Viviane D. Lima, Canada, for her abstract “The impact of HAART on HIV transmission: the interplay of HIV-1 RNA plasma viral load, adherence and drug resistance over time”.

Track C: Biomedical Prevention
Biswajyoti Borkakoty, India, for his abstract “Co-infection of HIV, HCV, HBV and the associated risk behaviors among injection drug users in two northeastern states of India”.

2006 ANRS/IAS Prize

Dorothy Balaba, Uganda, for her abstract “Building referral networks between traditional health practitioners and biomedical health system - a strategy to reach the underserved communities with comprehensive HIV services”.

Le Minh Giang, Vietnam, for his abstract “HIV risks among young male migrants using heroin in Hanoi, Vietnam”.

2006 IAS Young Investigator Awards

Track A: Biology and Pathogenesis of HIV
Linos Vandekerckhove, Belgium, for his abstract “The LEDGF-integrase interaction as a new target for ART”. 

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care
Assane Diouf, Senegal, for his abstract “Tuberculosis incidence and risk factors among adult patients receiving HAART in Senegal: a 7-year cohort study”. 

Track C: Epidemiology, Prevention and Prevention Research

Sheri Weiser, USA, for her abstract “Food insufficiency predicts high-risk sexual behavior among women but not men in Southern Africa”.

Track D: Social, Behavioural and Economic Science
Gretchen Domek, USA, for her abstract “The social consequences of antiretrovirals: preparing for the unexpected futures of HIV-positive children in South Africa”. 

Track E: Policy
Savy Bou, Cambodia, for her abstract “Living again: supporting PLHA to lead the response to HIV”.



The award is great in many ways personally but also for the project, to provide more visibility to our impact evaluation in Zimbabwe.”

R. Buzdugan,
2013 Award Winner

I was very honoured to receive this award. I think it is a big recognition for my work and definitely for the work in the lab that we are doing. I was very happy to receive this award.”

R. Schrijvers,
2012 Award Winner

The whole lab is very happy and honoured to be involved. It is an amazing recognition for our lab. It is really nice, we are doing very novel, important research and it is nice to be recognised on a global scale.”

N. Kumar,
2012 Award Winner

The nomination of our abstract for the 2011 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award was not only a tremendous honor for my teams’ work but also an indicator that the very basic research activities done in resource limited nations using basic conventional techniques such as Gram Stain still has impact in the current equipment heavy scientific world.

M. O. Ngayo,
2011 Award Winner

My interaction with patients is a frequent, a constant, a weekly, daily reminder of what motivates me to practice in this field and pursue research in this field.

G. Chamie,
2010 Award Winner

This award was not only a recognition of my team’s work, but also of the importance of operations research in improving access to care and outcomes for people infected with HIV. (…) It was incredibly exciting to stand on stage at the IAS 2009 plenary session with Julio Montaner, President of the International AIDS Society at the time, and hear the applause from the international community of researchers and policy makers. I remember that I wanted to live up to their high expectations.

I. V. Bassett,
2009 Award Winner

Number one to have an abstract accepted and number two to be recognized by IAS and ANRS is phenomenal as an artist from a multidisciplinary background and to be someone that is normally not sitting in this room as a researcher. I say to anyone who is a dancer, who is an actor, who is a storyteller, who is a filmmaker that there is a role for you in this field, that there is responsibility that you have with those tools to make a change in HIV and disparity.

M. Leslie-Rule,
2010 Award Winner