Catherine Hankins

Catherine Hankins, MD, PhD, FRCPC, CM is Deputy Director, Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Department of Global Health, University of Amsterdam; Professor of Public and Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and reviewed for scientific journals and funding agencies in Canada, USA, and Europe, with extensive experience chairing research review committees. Before joining UNAIDS in 2002, she was principal investigator of several large epidemiological studies in Canada. As UNAIDS’s first Chief Scientific Adviser, she led the scientific knowledge translation team, developing ethical and participatory HIV prevention trial conduct guidelines and convening mathematical modelling teams to support country implementation of proven biomedical HIV prevention modalities. She was the editor of UNAIDS’ popular science blog HIV This Week. Professor Hankins chairs the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership’s Scientific Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Group of the USA National Institutes of Health HIV Prevention Trials Network. She is a trustee of the HIV Research Trust, a member of the International AIDS Society Industry Liaison Forum, and a board member of AVAC. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2013.


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