Alum Dr. Amy Knopf Awarded $1.1 Million NIH Grant to Study Minor Consent Process for HIV Prevention Trials
Two-time Husky Dr. Amy Knopf has been awarded a $1.1 million NIH grant to study the consent process for minor adolescents and how it affects their willingness to participate in HIV prevention trials. The study’s ultimate goal is to help address the HIV epidemic among American youth, who account for more than one in five new HIV infections. “Studying infectious diseases such as HIV reflects social processes and the ways in which certain populations are marginalized in our society,” says Amy, who earned her MPH in 2008 from the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program.
“The lessons we learn from this study will have implications for future research projects and the results will hopefully be useful to colleagues working on drug trials in Sub-Saharan Africa. Intensified prevention efforts are needed, given the adolescent population has doubled since the HIV epidemic began there,” Amy has said, adding that “with an expanding population of adolescents and high rates of HIV among young women, we risk losing progress made in the global fight against AIDS. There are gaps to be filled.”
Amy has recently been recognized for her work with the Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award, presented by the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). The Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award recognizes the contribution of a new investigator who has conducted nursing research that has the potential to enhance the science and practice of nursing.
Reflecting on these accomplishments, Amy says, “I owe so much of these successes to my training in the COPHP program.”