Keynote Speakers

Mario StevensonMario Stevenson
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller
School of Medicine

Dr. Mario Stevenson is currently Professor in the Department of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Prior to 2011, Dr. Stevenson was the David Freelander Chair for AIDS Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Director of the Center for AIDS research at that Institution. Dr. Stevenson obtained his BSc. (1980) and PhD (1984) in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Stevenson is a molecular virologist who has been working on the viral etiology of AIDS for over 25 years. Dr. Stevenson has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and his research has provided fundamental insight into the mechanisms regulating HIV replication and disease pathogenesis. Dr. Stevenson has served as Chair of the HIV AIDS Virology Study Section, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National AIDS Conference (CROI), and has served on the NIH Office of AIDS Research that sets AIDS research directives. He is currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and a scientific board member of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Dr. Stevenson has received a Merit Award (10 year grant) from NIH-NIAID. Dr. Stevenson is a recipient of Harvard Medical School’s Shipley Lectureship, recipient of the Gertrude Elion Award for accomplishments in AIDS research and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Stevenson has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Virology, Virology, AIDS Research and human retroviruses and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Centers for AIDS Research at UC San Diego, Emory University, UCLA and Harvard University.
*Has no financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this activity.

TBTimothy Ray Brown
Cure Report
Cure For AIDS Coalition
World AIDS Institute

Timothy Ray Brown is the Editor of the Cure Report and the Co-Founder of both the Cure For AIDS Coalition and the World AIDS Institute. Globally known as “the Berlin Patient,” Mr. Brown  is the first person in the world to be cured of HIV. Mr. Brown was diagnosed in 1995 while attending university in Berlin, Germany. Over the next 11 years, Mr. Brown was successfully treated with anti-retroviral therapy (ART), a combination of medicines that inhibit the replication of HIV in the body. In 2006, Mr.Brown was diagnosed with leukemia and began chemotherapy. A year later, he received a stem cell transplant to treat his leukemia. After the first transplant, HIV was no longer found in his blood. Mr. Brown is the editor of the Cure Report and Co-Founder of both the Cure for AIDS Coalition and World AIDS Institute.
*Has no financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this activity.


DHJerris Hedges, MD, MS, MMM 

Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine 
Jerris R. Hedges MD, MS MMM is Dean and Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii Manoa (UHM) and Interim Director, University of Hawaii Cancer Center. He received his MD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Masters in Medical Management from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Dr. Hedges became Dean of JABSOM in 2008, moving to Hawaii from the internationally respected Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Dr. Hedges currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Clinical Translational Research Grant, focusing on health disparities in Hawaii.


ginnyVirginia Pressler, MD, MBA, FACS
Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health
Virginia “Ginny” Pressler, MD, MBA, FACS is Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). Dr. Pressler earned a BA degree from Cornell University and MBA, MS in physiology, and MD degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. From 1999-2002, Pressler served as Deputy Director for Health Resources Administration during which time she was instrumental in obtaining sixty percent of the $1.3 billion tobacco settlement fund for public health purposes initiating the Tobacco Trust Fund, Healthy Hawaii Initiative, Hawaii Outcomes Institute and Hawaii Uninsured Project. She has previously also had experience as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer at Hawaii Pacific Health. Over her career, Dr. Pressler has earned numerous local and national awards including the Pacific Business News’ Business Leadership Hawaii Lifetime Achievement Award, and the University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award. She was also named Hawaii Medical Association’s Health Care Administrator of the Year in 2008.
*Has no financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this activity.


Cecilia M. Shikuma, MD 
Director, Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS
Cecilia M. Shikuma MD is Director of the Hawaii Center for AIDS, a University of Hawaii Board of Regents’ approved Center of Excellence for HIV research, training and care. She is also Professor of Medicine and the Edwin C. Cadman Endowed Chair, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM). She received both her BS and MD from UHM, and completed her Infectious Disease fellowship at the Los Angeles County (LAC) – University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center. She is the recipient of numerous HIV-related research grants from the National Institute of Health focused on research in various chronic non-infectious complications of HIV including lipodystrophy, cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and HIV associated dementia.
*Dr. Shikuma is a consultant for ViiV Healthcare.


lishLishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine 
Investigator, Hawaii Center for AIDS 
Lishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine and Investigator in the Hawaii Center for AIDS at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. He completed his PhD in Immunology at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, an HIV Immunology postdoctoral fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital – University of California, San Francisco through support from a Human Immunology Fellowship, before joining the faculty at UCSF and moving to the University of Hawaii. Identifying a successful cure for HIV infection and end the HIV epidemic disaster is a major challenge faced by the HIV research community worldwide. His research Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases focuses on understanding how HIV affects the immune system and how this will inform on strategies to prevent, slow or eliminate HIV infection and optimize quality of life outcomes. Dr. Ndhlovu has received several HIV related funding awards and grants including the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNHIR) award presented by Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel laureate and HIV co discoverer. He currently serves as the principal investigator on a 5 year – National Institutes of Health funded R01 to investigate HIV reservoirs and inflammation in the central nervous system.
*Has no financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this activity.

IMG_1740.JPGTimothy McCormick, MA
Director, HIV Medical Management Services Section, STD/AIDS Prevention Branch, Hawaii Department of Health 
Timothy McCormick MA directs the HIV Medical Management Services Section, STD/AIDS Prevention Branch, Hawaii Department of Health. He supervises three statewide programs that provide access to HIV-related medical care for persons living with HIV: the Hawaii Seropositivity & Medical Management Program (HSPAMM), the HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP), and the Hawaii Insurance Continuation Program (H-COBRA). Previously, as Program Specialist at the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch, he provided on-going technical assistance to community-based organizations on the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of Department of Health funded HIV prevention programs to gay and bisexual men, transgender women, sex industry workers, and persons who inject drugs.
*Has no financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this activity.

janeJane M. Simoni, PhD 
Professor of Psychology, University of Washington
Associate Director, UW Program on Global Mental Health
Co-Director, UW CFAR Substance Abuse and HIV/STI Scientific Working Group 
Jane Simoni, PhD, is currently Co-Chair of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) HIV/AIDS Network Coordination Behavioral Science Consultative Group. She is on numerous Editorial Boards of scientific journals focused on behavior and health. Her research, much of which has been funded by the NIH, has focused on various behavioral issues related to HIV including developing and evaluating HIV medication adherence interventions, conceptualizing, developing, and evaluating peer support strategies to promote health, and evaluating efficacious mHealth interventions.
*Has no financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this activity.