August 2, 2016
Dr. Jared Baeten
UW MSTP alumni Dr. Jared Baeten (entered ’95, graduated ’03) was awarded the 2013 ASPPH/ Pfizer Young Investigator Research Award. Dr. Baeten has achieved international recognition for his contributions to HIV epidemiology and prevention. In 2012, he was first author on a New England Journal of Medicine, summarizing the efficacy results from the Partners PrEP Study, a phase III, randomized double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel-arm clinical trial of tenofovir (TDF) and emtricitabine/tenofovir (FTC/TDF) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. The findings of the Partners PrEP Study were a major component of a submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a prevention indication for branded Truvada® (FTC/TDF, made by Gilead Sciences) which was approved in July 2012, the first medication approved for HIV prevention. Dr. Baeten is the current chair of an ongoing, multisite phase III trial of dapivirine vaginal ring for HIV prevention in women (MTN-020/ASPIRE). Other work includes implementation studies of combination HIV prevention in Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda, epidemiologic studies exploring the effects of hormonal contraceptive use on HIV risk, behavioral science to understand uptake and utilization of HIV prevention, and collaborative work to explore virologic and immunologic factors related to HIV transmission risk.