Home Institution: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Research Topic: Relationship Functioning and Retention in Care and Viral
Suppression in Pregnant Women Living with HIV in Mpumalanga province, South Africa:
A Pilot Study
Mr. Sack will spend his fellowship year at the University of the Witwatersrand Rural Public Health and Transitions Unit in Agincourt under the mentorship of Carolyn Audet, PhD, MSc and Stephen Tollman, MBBChB, PhD. His research will focus on developing a relationship function and male partner behavior scale for pregnant women living with HIV that will allow couples-based pregnancy interventions to be tailored to each woman's preferences. Mr. Sack is an MD/PhD student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology. He aims to be a physician-scientist who studies how the social determinants of health interact with infectious diseases on a global scale. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan.