Dr. Amelia Thompson, Investigator
Durham HVTN CRS (Duke University), Durham NC
Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Duke University School of Medicine and a member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. She received her BA from Colgate University, followed by an MD and MPH in Global Health from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She then completed her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
She first developed an interest in HIV during university when she completed a course entitled “Critical Analysis of Health Issues: AIDS,” which afforded her the opportunity to explore not only the science of HIV, but the social, political and economic impacts of HIV/ AIDS in her home country, Jamaica. She currently practices as a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist. In this role, she diagnoses and manages infectious diseases in children, adolescents and young adults with a particular focus on HIV and co-infections, such as human papillomavirus.
She is a protocol co-chair for HVTN 135, and part of the product development team representing the Duke Human Vaccine Institute on various protocols and concepts including HVTN 115. She is also a member of the HVTN Social Behavior Working Group and is currently mentoring a RAMP scholar in a project entitled “Adolescent HIV vaccine clinical trial acceptability and feasibility in North Carolina”. Since she became involved with the HVTN as a junior investigator, she has been most energized and excited by the collaborative nature of the network’s members in the shared mission of finding a safe and effective HIV vaccine. She also loves that she always has good company on the dance floor at the annual Full Group meetings!