Bixby program celebrates 20 years of research in Zimbabwe

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bixby Center's partnership with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in HIV/AIDS research. The collaborative research program has released a new report and website to commemorate this anniversary and highlight some of its noteworthy findings and accomplishments.

Since its launch in 1994, UZ-UCSF studies have helped shape national and global responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and defined policies and standards regarding HIV acquisition, prevention, treatment and care. Examples include:

  • Groundbreaking research in antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV prevention, including ART in patients co-infected with tuberculosis.
  • ART for prevention for couples with one HIV-positive and one HIV-negative partner.
  • Initiation and monitoring of pediatric ART.
  • Microbicides for HIV prevention.
  • Community HIV testing strategies.
  • Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Over the past 20 years, UZ-UCSF researchers have led 63 research studies with more than 15,000 participants. Additionally, the program has mentored the next generation of Zimbabwean and global researchers, supporting more than 200 upper-level students and postgraduates to date. The partnership is leading 22 ongoing studies, continuing to develop capacity to identify and respond to emerging scientific priorities.