July 20, 2012
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Read the full article in the Reporter... Congratulations, Vik! By Bil l Snyder Vanderbilt University’s, Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe, M.D., M.P.H., DrPH, receives the prestigious IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award at the 19th International AIDS Conference on July 27 in Washington, D.C. The $2,000 award, jointly funded by the International AIDS Society and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS), is given to young scientists “who demonstrate innovation, originality, rationale and quality in the field of HIV/AIDS research.” Sahasrabuddhe, an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, is well known for his contributions to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) in HIV-infected women in resource-poor settings. The Young Investigator Award was given for an abstract he will present at the conference about HPV-induced anal cancer in HIV-positive men who have sex with men. With prolonged life expectancy due to antiretroviral therapy, the risk of anal cancer has increased in this population and there is a pressing need for evidence-based prevention approaches. On an academic leave since 2010, Sahasrabuddhe has been a research fellow at the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute.