Monday, November 10, 2008

Meet Ian, A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

Dr. Ian McGowan
Liverpool, England

Ian is originally from England, but currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is presently a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Ian’s research at the school, in conjunction with the Microbicide Trials Network, focuses on the development of rectal microbicides, so it was natural for him to get involved with IRMA and serve as a member of the IRMA Steering Committee. He is, in fact, one of the leading scientists in the world working to advance the development of safe, effective and acceptable rectal microbicides.

He believes that rectal microbicides are an important priority among new HIV prevention technologies because we live in an era that lacks a safe and effective HIV vaccine. “We need to broaden the range of prevention options, especially for individuals who are currently practicing unprotected anal intercourse.” As a physician-scientist, Ian’s job not only focuses on trying to develop a rectal microbicide, but also to spread information on rectal microbicides through lectures, article reviews, and scientific papers.

In his spare time, Ian enjoys spending time with his partner Ross (Cranston - see his bio in the Advocate Archive) and his two dogs, Harry and Walter. He also looks forwards to vacationing at his house in Spain.

Read about more Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates here.

Click here for information about IRMA membership.

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