ASTDA Awards

Best Oral Presentations at the 2023 STI & HIV World Congress
Chicago, IL  |  July 24-27

At the 2023 STI & HIV World Congress, ASTDA gave away seven  $250 awards to early-career investigators who won prizes for the best oral presentations. The winners and their presentation titles are listed below. To see ASTDA recognition award winners in 2023 and past years, click here.

Kathryn Addie Hayes

Kathryn “Addie” Hayes

PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
“A large-scale drug screen identifies novel therapeutics that target the syphilis pathogen Treponema pallidum”

Karen Lithgow

Dr. Karen Lithgow

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada
“Secreted Proteases from Bacterial Vaginosis-Associated Bacteria Target Human MMP-8 and Modulate Endocervical Barrier Function”

Constancia Mavodza

Dr. Constancia Mavodza

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe
“Community-based integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services: why did we miss young men and what is it going to take to reach them?”

Mandisa Mildred Mdingi

Ms. Mandisa Mildred Mdingi

Research Project Manager, Foundation for Professional Development, Eastern Cape, South Africa   
“STI treatment and partner notification outcomes in pregnancy, South Africa”

Jenell Stewart  

Dr. Jenell Stewart

Assistant Professor, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute and University of Minnesota   
“Self-reported adherence to event-driven doxycycline postexposure prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infection prevention among cisgender women”

Maartje Visser

Ms. Maartje Visser

Epidemiologist at National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Utrecht, Netherlands     
“Within-person differences of N. gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance patterns between anatomical locations”

Sean Waugh

Mr. Sean Waugh

PhD Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada   
“Syphilis and the Host; multi-omic analysis of host cellular responses to Treponema pallidum provides novel insight into syphilis pathogenesis”