Kirby Seminar - Preventing Infectious Diseases & Improving the Health of Women & Girls

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Event date: 
Friday, 26 February 2016 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

The Kirby Institute
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room
Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building
UNSW Australia
Sydney NSW 2052

Contact for bookings: 
RSVP by Friday 19 February:
Contact for inquiries: 
Rata Joseph +61 (0)2 9385 0900
Booking deadline: 
Friday, 19 February 2016 - 5:00pm

The Kirby Institute, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and RESULTS International (Australia) are pleased to present a special seminar on:

Preventing Infectious Diseases & Improving the Health of Women & Girls 
with special guest Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


10.00 am: Morning Tea

10.30 am: Dr Mark Dybul 'The Importance of Gender Equality in Ending AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Outlook for the 2016 Global Fund Replenishment'

11.00 am: Professor Lisa Maher 'Preventing HIV in women who inject drugs and female sex workers'

11.15 am: Dr Lisa Vallely 'Novel interventions could significantly improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in Papua New Guinea'

11.30 am: Q&A

Dr Mark Dybul

Mark Dybul has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. After graduating from Georgetown Medical School in Washington D.C., Dr. Dybul joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he conducted basic and clinical studies on HIV virology, immunology and treatment optimization, including the first randomized, controlled trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa.

Dr. Dybul became a founding architect and driving force in the formation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State. He served until early 2009.

Before coming to the Global Fund, Dr. Dybul was co-director of the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, where he was also a Distinguished Scholar. Dr. Dybul has written extensively in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees and awards.




Professor Lisa Maher 

Professor Lisa Maher is a Program Head at the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Australia, and a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow. She has experience in research, surveillance, program development and service delivery with people who inject drugs, sex workers, PLHIV and marginalised youth in Australia and the Pacific, South East Asia and North America.

Her research focuses on the prevention of infectious disease in vulnerable populations and she has a longstanding interest in gender, culture and risk.  






Dr Lisa Vallely
Dr Lisa Vallely recently joined the Public Health Interventions Research Group, at The Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia after four years at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research where she established and led a multi-disciplinary collaborative research program in maternal health. Lisa is a midwife by training and has 14 years’ experience working in high-burden, low-income settings, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Papua New Guinea. She was recently awarded a PhD in public health for her work on unsupervised births and unsafe abortions in Papua New Guinea. She is a Principal Investigator on a cluster randomised trial of antenatal point-of-care testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in high-burden settings, which is co-funded by the NHMRC Australia and the MRC/Wellcome Trust UK.