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Season’s Greetings,

In the midst of a challenging year across the world with the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, violence, natural disasters, and other crises, we have witnessed tremendous resilience and dedication from our IMPT network partners. Your research and advocacy are vital to ensuring that the agenda for multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs)—products being designed to prevent a combination of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and/or unintended pregnancy—moves forward.

Earlier this year, we published two new gap analyses outlining the priority action areas for the MPT field and completed the annual update to our MPT product pipeline database, which now boasts 24 MPT candidates in active development. We’re also happy to share several opportunities and some new resources that we want to make sure you don’t miss.

We are deeply grateful for your continued engagement in the MPT field. We wish you a safe and joyous holiday, and look forward to collaborating with you in 2021!

Best regards,
IMPT Secretariat
Funding Opportunities

If you're looking for funding to support your MPT research, see the opportunities here! Recently added opportunities are shown below.

PAR-21-078 – Biological Testing Facility (X01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The NICHDs' state-of-the art Biological Testing Facility supports female and/or male non-hormonal contraception development, including MPTs. This opportunity is to support the enablement of an IND/IDE study of a pre-clinical candidate that offers a safe, non-hormonal based therapy for female and/or male contraception that acts prior to fertilization and does not act via the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Apply by 15 January 2021.

RFA-HD-22-003 – Contraception Development Research Center Program (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is supporting and facilitating multidisciplinary approaches towards the development of new and/or improved contraceptive methods for women and men, including MPTs with non-hormonal contraceptive and anti-infective properties. This opportunity includes translational studies to facilitate the pre-clinical to clinical transition and increase the likelihood of clinical success, as well as behavioral and social research projects. Submit a Letter of Intent by 29 October 2021.
Webinars

“Let’s Talk MPTs” from the IMPT
The IMPT launched a new webinar discussion series to address the priority action areas that we identified through our recent MPT fieldwide gap analyses and stimulate interest in the MPT field. In this series, we will cover an array of topics that will help advance the MPT field, including vaginal microbiome, sociobehavioral and market research, toxicity studies, and more. Look out for future webinar invites.

Watch our discussion on the role of the vaginal microbiome and MPTs with Dr. Jacques Ravel and Dr. Jennifer Deese.

Due to the excitement from this first webinar, we're looking to offer you a follow-up dialogue on the vaginal microbiome in 2021.
Conferences and Convenings

HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P)| 27 January – 4 February 2021
Many of our IMPT partners will be attending HIVR4P, whose agenda includes multipurpose prevention technologies. Make sure to make room in your schedule to join the virtual symposiums and poster exhibitions on MPTs. Scan the program here!

Symposiums

28 January, 14:00 UTC, Channel 1 | More is better: Expanding the prevention pipeline
28 January, 15:00 UTC, Channel 1 | Multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) for prevention of HIV and pregnancy
4 February, 16:15 UTC, Channel 3 | One-stop shopping: Products, pathways and people

Posters

Track 6 | Median time to HIV testing and number of attempts to reach sexual contacts of HIV-positive index clients via assisted partner notification services in western Kenya

Track 8 | Multipurpose prevention technologies: Strategy recommendations to guide the most promising products from the lab to hands of women

Based on several enthusiastic requests from our network partners, we will be coordinating virtual networking sessions in tandem with HIVR4P and other upcoming conferences. Details to come!

Women's Health Innovation Series: The Contraception Innovation Summit | 23 February 2021
IMPT Director, Bethany Young Holt, along with several IMPT partners, including from Daré Bioscience, Evofem Biosciences, Rhia Ventures, Male Contraceptive Initiative, YourChoice Therapeutics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and more will be participating to drive innovation, education, and investment in women’s reproductive health. See the summit agenda.
Resources for Early Career Professionals, Research Trainees, and Students

We want to support your development into the next generation of reproductive health professionals, including MPT research. We’ve compiled some interesting reading and relevant resources as you explore career pathways in this field. Check it out!
Support Our Work

The IMPT is the first and only initiative dedicated to advancing the field of multipurpose prevention technologiesproducts being designed to prevent a combination of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and/or unintended pregnancy. Your generous contribution today will help us in ensuring that women and families have the tools for a happy, healthy life. Donate today!
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