Polly Harrison has been senior advisor at AVAC since 2009, after 12 years as founder/director of the Alliance for Microbicide Development, a coalition of scientists, product developers, public health experts and advocates.
Previously she was director of international health at the Institute of Medicine, where she founded forums on HIV/AIDS research and emerging infections, and led studies on infectious disease, reproductive health, and public/private responses to global health challenges.
Before that, she spent two decades in the developing world as a medical anthropologist, policy analyst and development studies faculty member and regional social science advisor for USAID.
In 2004, Polly was selected as a policy leader in the “Scientific American 50” for outstanding leadership in science and technology. In 2006, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the microbicides global conference and, in 2011, a TAG Research in Action Award for her contributions to the fight against AIDS.