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Shelby Hodge Award Honors Refillable PrEP Implant Research

Alessandro Grattoni, Ph.D.

Each year at the World AIDS Day Luncheon, AFH awards the Shelby Hodge Vision Award to an individual or organization that exhibits extraordinary vision in addressing HIV/AIDS. This year the honor will be go to the Houston Methodist Research Institute, and the Department of Nanomedicine at this year’s World AIDS Day Luncheon. Alessandro Grattoni, Ph.D.will be accepting the award for his work on a refillable implant that administers Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs to subjects at risk of HIV-exposure. Grattoni is an Assistant Professor of Nanomedicine and the chair of the Department of Nanomedicine.

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  World AIDS Day Luncheon keynote speaker Sean Strub (l) and event co-chairs Ernie Manouse (c) and Bill Baldwin (r).

Author and long-time HIV activist Sean Strub will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 World AIDS Day Luncheon. Sean was a member of ACT-UP New York in the 1980s and is the founder of POZ magazine. He is currently the director of the SERO Project. Sean's book Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival was published in 2014.

There will be a signing event at Brazos Bookstore for Sean's book Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival as part of the World AIDS Day commemoration. The date of the signing will be announced in Getting to Zero, the AFH newsletter, and on our social media feeds.

Bill Baldwin and Ernie Manouse are back to co-chair our World AIDS Day Luncheon for 2016. Bill is the owner and broker of Boulevard Realty and is a humble servant leader of several Houston’s civic organizations. Ernie is a seven-time Emmy award winning host and producer on PBS who dedicates tremendous time and expertise in support of the arts, education, and equality in the city.

This year’s luncheon, generously presented by Chevron, will be held on Thursday, December 1st at Hilton Houston Post Oak. There will be a VIP champagne reception starting at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon begins at noon. Last year’s luncheon welcomed over 400 attendees that included our keynote speaker, Pam Grier, State Senator John Whitmire, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Alma Allen, State Representative Gene Wu, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Mayor Annise Parker, Vice Mayor Pro Temp Jerry Davis, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Carolyn Farb, Diane Caplan, Edward Sanchez, KPRC’s Frank Billingsley, Richard Ray, Gordon Bethune, Jessica Rossman, Michael Pearce and Matt Burress, Joni Baird, Travis Torrence, and Dr. Stephen Frangos. Numerous corporate sponsors supported the event as well, including Chevron, Boulevard Realty, Marathon Oil, Subaru of America, Kroger, BBVA Compass, CKP, ExxonMobil, H.E.B, Randall's Food Markets, Silver Eagle Distributors, Voluntary Insurance Products, and Walgreen's.

Stay tuned for coming news about this year’s Shelby Hodge Vision Award recipient. Tickets are on sale now!

See photos from last year's VIP reception and luncheon on our Facebook page!


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