The Department of Anthropology, Program in Public Health, and Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies present

"The Social and Political Context of Conducting HIV Research in Africa"
with Morenike Ukpong, Obafemi Awolowo University; and Kristin Peterson, UC Irvine

Monday, March 14, 2011
12:00 p.m.
Social Ecology II, Room 1304

Morenike Ukpong, B.Ch.D., F.W.A.C.S., is an associate professor and head of the department of Child Dental Health at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife, Nigeria. She focuses on coordinating a Nigerian network of researchers and community advocates; mainstreaming microbicides and HIV vaccine into the larger HIV/AIDS discussion; mapping HIV vaccine and microbicides-related research & advocacy; mobilizing civil society groups on preparing for HIV vaccine and microbicides advocacy; and ensuring the community has a role in providing ethical oversight for research conducted in the country.  She is a children's dentist by training, with research extending to Botswana, Kenya, and Malawi.

Kristin Peterson, M.A, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the anthropology department at UC Irvine. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on international political economy, policy-making, intellectual property law, and science, health, and medicine. She is currently working on several research projects: pharmaceutical markets in Nigeria; the intersection of health and security politics in Africa, especially via AIDS policy making; and the ethics, science, and political economy of HIV prevention research in Africa.

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information about the co-sponsored seminar, please contact Susan Rattigan,


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