Organization: The Kirby Institute, The University of NSW
Andrew Grulich is a medical epidemiologist and specialist public health physician with 30 years of experience in conducting HIV research and working for implementation of the results of that research. He is Theme Director, Populations and Prevention, and Head of the HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program, at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He leads research on the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
Andrew was the principal investigator of the Opposites Attract study, one of the cornerstones of the Undetectable=Untransmissible campaign, and he led the EPIC-NSW study of population-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) roll out, which demonstrated dramatic reductions in HIV incidence. His other major research theme is on the link between infection, immune function and cancer, with a recent focus mostly on the prevention of human papillomavirus-associated anal cancer. He has contributed to more than 430 peer-reviewed publications, which have been cited more than 20,000 times.
Andrew’s work is collaborative with clinicians, government and community-based organizations working in the response to HIV. He has held senior leadership roles in Australian and international health organizations and has been an active member of local community-based HIV organizations since the mid-1990s. He was Vice-President of Australia’s largest HIV community-based organization, ACON, in 2000-2002. He was President of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine in 2001-2003 and sat on the Australian Health Minister’s advisory committee on HIV between 2000 and 2014. Andrew was Chair of the Australian committee responsible for writing national PrEP guidelines in 2014.
Since 2019, he has been a technical advisor on the UNAIDS/WHO Asia-Pacific Advisory Group for PrEP. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Andrew has extensive experience with the IAS, serving as a member of the IAS Governing Council in 2012-16, including as Asia-Pacific representative on the Executive Committee in 2014-16. He was Prevention Co-Chair at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne and AIDS 2020: Virtual.