Catherine Hankins

Catherine Hankins is Deputy Director, Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Department of Global Health, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam. She is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health.

At AIGHD, she leads AIGHD’s HIV prevention research group and knowledge translation/communication strategy, represents AIGHD in the Health Insurance Fund’s Learning and Analysis Unit, and teachs/supervises students. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group of the US National Institutes of Health HIV Prevention Trials Network and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. A community medicine specialist, from 2002 she was Chief Scientific Adviser to UNAIDS in Geneva, editing its science blog HIV This Week and heading up the UNAIDS knowledge translation team for proven biomedical HIV prevention strategies. She spearheaded UNAIDS work on prevention trial ethics, updating the UNAIDS/WHO Ethical Considerations in Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials, and on Good Participatory Practice in Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials with AVAC.

Before 2002, she was principal investigator of a number of studies, including for ten years the Canadian Women’s HIV Study, a national cohort study addressing HIV and HPV interactions; studies involving prisoners and people who inject drugs; and population-based epidemiological studies. She has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and funding agencies in Canada, the USA, and Europe, and has extensive experience chairing various research review committees. She is a board member of the AIDS East-West Foundation based in Amsterdam, the Swiss Vaccine Research Institute based in Lausanne, and HealthBridge based in Ottawa (emeritus). Since 2013, she has represented the Academic Medical Center as a Trustee of the UK HIV Research Trust. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013.