Lange/Van Tongeren Prizes (IAS/ANRS) for Young Investigators – ANNUAL PRIZE

The US$2,000 Lange/van Tongeren Prizes for Young Investigators are jointly funded by the IAS and the Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le sida et les hépatites virales (ANRS) to support young researchers who demonstrate innovation, originality, rationale and quality in the field of HIV research. One prize is awarded to the top scoring abstracts in each of the conference tracks. In 2015, the Young Investigator Prize was permanently renamed in memory of Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren.

Eligible candidates are the presenting authors of abstracts submitted to AIDS2016, who meet the following criteria:

  • The abstract must have been accepted as an oral presentation, poster discussion or poster exhibition by the Scientific Programme Committee
  • The presenting author must be under 35 years of age
  • The research demonstrates innovation, originality, rationale and quality


All abstract submitters who meet the criteria are automatically considered.

Previous Prize Winners

IAS 2015 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Science
Eunok Lee, Australia, for the abstract, “Distinct HIV genetic populations in effector memory T-cells after prolonged therapy”.

Track B: Clinical Science
Kristjana Asbjornsdott, USA, for the abstract, “T-cell activation and treatment outcomes among infants receiving early ART”.

Track C: Prevention Science
Marc Solomon, USA, for the abstract, “The safety of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in the presence of hepatitis B infection”.

Track D: Implementation Science
Anu Ramachandran, USA, for the abstract, “Cost effectiveness of implementing CRAG-LFA screening for cryptococcal meningitis among people living with HIV in Uganda”.

Special HIV Cure Prize 
Christopher Peterson, USA, for the abstract, “Zinc finger nuclease gene editing for functional cure in a nonhuman primate model of HIV/AIDS”.

AIDS 2014 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic and Translational Research
Matthew Woods, Canada, for the abstract Interferon-induced HERC5 protein inhibits HIV-1 replication by two novel mechanisms and is evolving under positive selection”. 

Track B: Clinical Research
Sarah E. Rutstein, USA, for the abstract “Identifying persons with acute HIV infection in urban Malawi HIV testing and sexually transmitted infection clinics: an opportunity for HIV transmission prevention”. 

Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Jilian Pintye, USA, for the abstract “Male circumcision and the incidence of syphilis acquisition among male and female partners of HIV-1 serodiscordant heterosexual African couples: a prospective study”. 

Track D: Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights
Lucie Cluver, South Africa, for the abstract “Threefold increased suicide attempt incidence amongst AIDS-affected and abused adolescents in South Africa: a prospective national study”. 

Track E: Implementation Research, Economics, Systems and Synergies with other Health and Development Sectors
Ashley Grosso, USA, for the abstract “Prevention and treatment needs of women who started selling sex as minors”. 

Special HIV Cure Prize 
Gilles Darcis, Belgium, for the abstract “Synergistic activation of HIV-1 expression by compounds releasing active positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) and by inducers of the NF-kB signaling pathway”. 

IAS 2013 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences 
Kavidha Reddy, South Africa, for the abstract “Association of APOBEC3G genetic variants with HIV-1vif sequence variation and impact on HIV-1”.

Track B: Clinical Sciences 
Michael Schomaker, South Africa, for the abstract “When to start ART in children aged 2-5 years? Causal modeling analysis of IeDEA southern Africa”. 

Track C: Prevention Science 
Jennifer Smith, United Kingdom, for the abstract “Could misreporting of condom use explain the apparent association between injectable hormonal contraceptives and HIV acquisition risk?”. 

Track D: Operation and Implementation Research
Raluca Buzdugan, Romania, for the abstract “Feasibility of population-based cross-sectional surveys for estimating vertical HIV transmission: data from Zimbabwe”. 

Special HIV Cure Prize 
Lachlan Gray, Australia, for the abstract “HIV-1 entry and trans-infection in astrocytes: implications for cure and eradication”.

AIDS 2012 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences 
Rik Schrijvers, Belgium, for the abstract “Dissecting HIV-1 integration site selection using a human LEDGF/p75 knockout cell line”. 

Track B: Clinical Sciences 
Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe, USA, for the abstract “HPV genotype attribution of anal neoplasia in HIV-positive MSM: estimating the preventable fraction and disease misclassification”. 

Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Science 
Renee Heffron, USA, for the abstract “Association of injectable contraception and risk of HIV-1 acquisition in women in HIV-1 serodiscordant partnerships: persistence of effect in multiple sensitivity analyses”. 

Track D: Social Science, Human Rights and Political Science 
Kathleen Deering, Canada, for the abstract “Mapping spatial barriers and facilitators to HIV testing by work environments among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada”. 

Track E: Implementation Science, Health Systems and Economics 
Caitlin A Matson, USA, for the abstract “Integration of infant HIV testing at nine month immunisation visit in South Africa: a proposed model of service delivery”. 

Special HIV Cure Prize 
Nitasha Kumar, Australia, for the abstract “Myeloid dendritic cells and HIV latency in resting T cells”. 

IAS 2011 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences 
Xu Yu, China, for her abstract “Unique mechanisms of CD4 T cell homeostasis in HIV-1 elite controllers”. 

Track B: Clinical Sciences 
Musa Ngayo, Kenya, for his abstract “Association of abnormal vaginal flora with male-to-female HIV-1 transmission among HIV-1 discordant couples in sub-Saharan Africa”. 

Track C: Prevention Science 
Anadi Sheth, USA, for her abstract “Genital secretions of HIV-1 infected women on effective antiretroviral therapy contain high drug concentrations and low amounts of cell-free virus”. 

Track D: Operations and Implementation Research 
Lilanganee Telisinghe, UK, for her abstract “Antiretroviral therapy roll-out in an African prison: It can be done”. 

AIDS 2010 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences 
Stephanie Planque, USA, for her abstract “Prototype covalent HIV vaccine for inducing antibodies that neutralize genetically divergent virus strains”. 

Track B: Clinical Sciences 
Gabriel Chamie, USA, for his abstract “TB microbiologic and clinical outcomes in a randomized trial of immediate vs. CD4 initiated antiretroviral therapy in HIV-positive adults with high CD4 cell counts”. 

Track C: Biomedical Prevention 
Joseph Larmarange, Mali, for his abstract “Mapping HIV prevalence in Africa for a better understanding of epidemics: example from Burkina Faso using 2003 demographic and health survey data”. 

Track D: Operations Research 
Michaela Leslie-Rule, USA, for her abstract “The language of love: Tanzanian women define intimacy, sexuality and violence in the 21st century”. 

Track E: Economics, Operations Research, Care and Health Systems 
Gesine Meyer-Rath, South Africa, for her abstract “Total cost and potential cost savings of the national antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in South Africa, 2010 to 2017”. 

Track F: Policy, Law, Human Rights and Political Science 

Khalil Elouardighi, France, for his abstract “Biogeneric development: when trade secret law clashes with research ethics”. 

IAS 2009 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award

Track A: Basic Sciences 
Renato Aguiar, Brazil, for his abstract “HIV encapsidates viral genomic RNA and APOBEC3G in mRNA processing bodies.” 

Track B: Clinical Sciences
Max O’Donnell, USA, for his abstract “High incidence of multidrug resistant and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis among South African health care workers.” 

Track C: Biomedical Prevention 
Ashraf Fawzy, USA, for his abstract “Diarrhea morbidity and mortality increases with weaning prior to 6 months among uninfected infants born to HIV-infected mothers in Zambia.” 

Track D: Operations Research 
Ingrid Bassett, USA, for her abstract “Who starts ART in Durban, South Africa?...not everyone who should.” 

2008 ANRS/IAS Prize

María Lorena Cabrera Ruíz, Paraguay, for her abstract “Prevalence of Resistance-Associated-Mutations in HIV-infected Mexican Children after multiple ARV failure”. 

David Damba, Uganda, for his abstract “Improving Quality of Life of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS through a Computerized Drug Management System - TASO Mbale Experience”. 

Joyce Wamoyi, Kenya, for her abstract “Women’s bodies are shops”- Beliefs about transactional sex and implications for understanding gender power and HIV prevention in Tanzania”. 

2008 IAS Young Investigator Awards

Track A: Biology and Pathogenesis of HIV 
Birgitt Dau, USA, for her abstract “Connection Domain Mutations Are Common in Treatment-Experienced Patients and Are Associated with Virologic Outcome”.

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care 
Alastair Teague, United Kingdom, for his abstract “Clinical experience with raltegravir (MK-0518 or Isentress®), with an optimised background regimen in highly treatment-experienced patients”.

Track C: Epidemiology, Prevention and Prevention Research 
Tara Beattie, United Kingdom, for her abstract “Community mobilization - an approach for rapid increases in condom use and reductions in sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Mysore, South India”.

Track D: Social, Behavioural and Economic Science 
Kenneth Gimbel-Sherr, USA, for his abstract “Task shifting to mid-level clinical health providers: An evaluation of quality of ART provided by tecnicos de medicina and physicians in Mozambique”.

Track E: Policy 
Richard Pearshouse, Canada, for his abstract “Rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and HIV: promoting women’s rights through legislation”. 

2007 ANRS/IAS Prize

Track A: HIV Basic Science
Dmytro Kovalskyy, Ukraine, for his abstract “Development of small molecule inhibitors of HIV-1 Tat- protein phosphatase-1 interaction as a new anti-HIV-1 retroviral therapeutics”. 

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care 
Apollo Basenero, Uganda, for his abstract “Inadequacy of clinical and immunological criteria in identifying virologic failure of 1st line ART: the Ugandan experience”. 

Track C: Biomedical Prevention 
Lu Yin, China, for her abstract “Incidence of HIV and hepatitis C viruses among injection drug users in Southwestern China: a 3-year follow-up study”. 

2007 IAS Young Investigator Awards

Track A: HIV Basic Science 
Miranda Zoe Smith, Australia, for her abstract “Vaccine-induced CD8+ T cells control reversion of SIV Gag immune escape mutants”. 

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care 

Marcello Pinti, Italy, for his abstract “Upregulation of the mitochondrial PRSS15/LON during lipodistrophy: ex vivo and in vitro detection”. 

Track C: Biomedical Prevention 
Viviane D. Lima, Canada, for her abstract “The impact of HAART on HIV transmission: the interplay of HIV-1 RNA plasma viral load, adherence and drug resistance over time”.

Track C: Biomedical Prevention
Biswajyoti Borkakoty, India, for his abstract “Co-infection of HIV, HCV, HBV and the associated risk behaviors among injection drug users in two northeastern states of India”. 

2006 ANRS/IAS Prize

Dorothy Balaba, Uganda, for her abstract “Building referral networks between traditional health practitioners and biomedical health system - a strategy to reach the underserved communities with comprehensive HIV services”. 

Le Minh Giang, Vietnam, for his abstract “HIV risks among young male migrants using heroin in Hanoi, Vietnam”. 

2006 IAS Young Investigator Awards

Track A: Biology and Pathogenesis of HIV 
Linos Vandekerckhove, Belgium, for his abstract “The LEDGF-integrase interaction as a new target for ART”. 

Track B: Clinical Research, Treatment and Care 
Assane Diouf, Senegal, for his abstract “Tuberculosis incidence and risk factors among adult patients receiving HAART in Senegal: a 7-year cohort study”. 

Track C: Epidemiology, Prevention and Prevention Research 

Sheri Weiser, USA, for her abstract “Food insufficiency predicts high-risk sexual behavior among women but not men in Southern Africa”.

Track D: Social, Behavioural and Economic Science 
Gretchen Domek, USA, for her abstract “The social consequences of antiretrovirals: preparing for the unexpected futures of HIV-positive children in South Africa”. 

Track E: Policy 
Savy Bou, Cambodia, for her abstract “Living again: supporting PLHA to lead the response to HIV”.