UC AIDS Researcher Recognized by International Organization
Judith Feinberg, MD, professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine/ Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine is the recipient of the 2003 Constance B. Wofsy Women's Health Investigator Award.
The award was established by the international Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (AACTG) to honor the memory of Dr. Connie Wofsy. The award recognizes investigators who have made significant contributions to research in HIV-infected women and who embody qualities exemplified by Dr. Wofsy. Awardees have demonstrated ability mentoring junior investigators. They are involved in on-going clinical care and research for HIV-positive women.
"It is a special honor to receive this award because I was a friend and colleague of Connie's," said Dr. Feinberg. "As the number of women with HIV continues to increase, it is even more important to study HIV as it affects women. Mentoring young investigators is crucial to ensuring that there are other well-trained investigators who can continue this important work."
Dr. Feinberg came to UC in 1995 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research. She is in charge of HIV/AIDS clinical research at UC and she is the principal investigator for the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit which has been continuously funded by National Institutes of Health since 1987.
The AACTG, the largest HIV clinical trials organization in the world, plays a major role in setting standards of care for HIV infection and opportunistic diseases related to HIV/AIDS in the United States and the developed world. The AACTG has been pivotal in providing the data necessary for the approval of therapeutic agents, as well as the treatment and prevention strategies, for many opportunistic infections and malignancies. The AACTG is composed of, and directed by, leading clinical scientists in HIV/AIDS therapeutic research.