Organizing Committee Members - STD-AIDS 2017
Project Director & Professor
Fayetteville State University
Maurice Y. Mongkuo (Biography)
Dr. Maurice Y. Mongkuo is Professor of Public Administration at Fayetteville State University (FSU) and PI/Project Director of FSU MSI CBO HIV Prevention Project. Dr. Mongkuo has a BA degree from Kenyon College; and MPIA and Ph.D. in public policy research and analysis from the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored two books and over 30 peer-reviewed articles, monographs, technical reports, and policy briefings on HIV prevention behavior and socio-economic problems of at-risk minority youths and adults. He is currently the PI/Project Director of FSU Comprehensive Integrated Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Program, and was a Co-PI of FSU Multi-level Integrated HIV Prevention Program. For over 20 years, Dr. Mongkuo has been the Principal Investigator, methodologist and Project Director of several government-funded policy research projects and community prevention projects involving at-risk minority populations and communities. He has also served as public policy consultant for several local and state governments and organizations where he assessed disparities policies and programs to enhance minority participation in government contracts and employment. He serves on the Editorial Board of 21 peer-review Medical and Public Health Journals. He has presented over 50 research papers and served as discussants at numerous professional conferences. Dr. Mongkuo has served as expert witness before governing boards on issues involving racial and ethnic minority representation in government contracting. Dr. Mongkuo also served as the Director of Development and Programs for the Pinellas County, Florida Urban League where he developed and sustained social and educational programs for at-risk persons in predominantly minority communities.
Maurice Y. Mongkuo (Research Area)
Maurice Mongkuo research and scholarship portfolio is a diverse nexus of social science, and behavioral and public health research. He is the author of two books and over thirty refereed journal articles, monographs, and public policy research reports; and have serve as principal investigator/research director of numerous funded research and public service grant projects. His research and consultancy focus on at-risk health behavior, healthcare and economic disparities in underserved communities and people, global health, HIV/AIDS prevention behavior, evidence-based interventions and development , development and validation of measurement and structural models of at-risk behavioral health prevention, epidemiological methods, and public-private partnerships and collaboration.
Throughout his career, he have conducted research and worked with university officials, and community stakeholders and constituents of underserved communities to develop effective community engagement and evidence-based intervention strategies. In recent years, his research has focused on developing global measurement and structural models for designing and assessing risky sexual behavior and health strategies for at-risk populations.
Maurice Mongkuo is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Contribution and Commitment to the Advancement of Research and Sponsored Programs and Excellent in External Funded Grant Submissions awarded by Fayetteville State University Board of Trustees, and Best Paper Award for one of his published works on HIV prevention by the International Organization for Social Science and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR).
University of Louisiana
Francois Villinger (Biography)
Dr. Villinger is the current Director of the New Iberia Research Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, one of the largest center for primate research. During his career at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and now at NIRC he has developed and optimized nonhuman primate models of human disease for the past 28 years, including Dengue, Zika, Babesia, Lymhocryptovirus and predominantly HIV. This included studies of mucosal virus acquisition, the role of adaptive and innate defenses and inflammation in viral maintenance and cure.
Francois Villinger (Research Area)
Dr. Villinger has been an active participant in the evaluation of vaccines to prevent mucosal acquisition of HIV, as well as vaginal and rectal microbicides. Finally, he also has pioneered some novel strategies to map virus in real time using a combination of ImmunoPET/CT and histological imaging.