2015 World STI & HIV Congress and Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference
 

Professor Rees is one of South Africa’s most well-known women scientists. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS prevention, STIs, microbicides, HIV and HPV vaccines, and broader issues relating to women’s health. Professor Rees serves as a technical expert to the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization, the HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee and the HPV Vaccine expert committee of the World Health Organization, the Population Council and the US National Institutes of Health. In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the South African Distinguished Scientist award for her outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life of women and, in 2006, was given a lifetime achievement award by Amanitare, a pan African NGO dedicated to the rights of African women and children.