INVITED SPEAKERS

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A/Professor Carmen Logie 

Dr. Carmen Logie is an Associate Professor at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She holds the Canadian Research Chair in Global Health Equity and Social Justice with Marginalized Populations. Dr. Logie’s research program advances understanding of, and develops interventions to address, stigma and other social ecological factors associated with HIV and STI prevention and care. She directs the CFI ‘Stigma & Sexual Health Interventions to Nurture Empowerment’ (SSHINE) Lab, collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and was a guideline development member for the WHO Consolidated Guidelines on Self-care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights. Dr. Logie is Deputy Editor at the Journal of the International AIDS Society and on the Editorial Boards for Social Science & Medicine Mental Health and PLOS Global Health. Her latest book Working with Excluded Populations in HIV: Hard to Reach or Out of Sight? was published in 2021 as part of the Social Aspects of HIV Series. In 2020, Dr. Logie launched the ‘Everybody Hates Me: Let’s Talk About Stigma‘ podcast with stigma experts from across the world.

Clinical A/Professor David Speers 

Clinical Associate Professor David Speers is QEII Head of Department, Microbiology, PathWest and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. His presentation will focus on lessons learned from false positive COVID-19 point of care tests in remote Aboriginal communities and the implications for point of care testing for other infections, including STIs and BBVs.

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Dr Jacqueline Coombe 

Dr Jacqueline Coombe is a Research Officer at the University of Melbourne, working on a NHMRC funded Partnership Grant which aims to develop a model for strengthening chlamydia case management in general practice. Jacqueline’s research interests broadly lie in sexual and reproductive health, particularly (non-)use of long-acting reversible contraception, and pregnancy intention.

More recently, she has been leading a project exploring the sexual and reproductive health impact of COVID-19 on people living in Australia. Jacqueline is a qualitative researcher, which a particular interest in the use of free-text comments collected in health surveys as qualitative data.

Dr Raiza Beltran 

Dr. Raiza Beltran is a T32 postdoctoral fellow in global HIV prevention research at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Infectious Disease Department.  Her research is focused on examining the determinants of poor sexual health outcomes, such as the rising HIV and STI infection rates, among young adults in Low to Middle Income Countries (LMIC) and diverse minority youth in the U.S.  She is currently working in collaboration with academic and community-based stakeholders to evaluate pharmacist-delivered HIV prevention medication in hardly-reached areas across California.  Dr. Beltran recently co-authored an invited review  article in Current HIV/AIDS Reports which identify the structural and systematic factors that drive HIV and COVID-19 transmission.