Dr. Harmony GargesOur first guest is Dr. Harmony Garges, Chief Medical Officer at ViiV Healthcare; she will discuss key data from the HIV conference and talk about HIV care as patients grow older and where treatment may be headed. The 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022) was this past July, the world’s largest gathering on HIV. It brought scientists together, industry leaders, advocates and community members to discuss the latest in HIV research.

Incredible advancements have been made in HIV care since the epidemic’s beginning. Today, people with HIV who have access to medication can expect to live as long as the general population. With nearly half of people living with HIV in the U.S. over 50, HIV research and treatment efforts have shifted to consider how to optimize care over the long-term and reduce the number of medications in a complete regimen. New data at AIDS 2022 focused on innovative treatment options that address these considerations and meet the evolving needs of the HIV community. Data include two-drug regimens that reduce the number of antiretroviral medicines people are exposed to daily and treatments for long-term survivors who have developed resistance to other HIV therapies. For more information, go to HIV Treatment Overview or Aging with HIV.


Our second guest, Parul Bajaj – Executive Director, Nissan North America- will discuss the Nonprofits that were Awarded Nissan Foundation Grants In California, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, and Mississippi. Did you know there are over 1.5 million nonprofit and community organizations nationwide? Since 1992, the Nissan Foundation has partnered with these organizations to support educational programs that promote a greater appreciation and understanding of America’s diverse cultural heritage. In fact, to date, the Nissan Foundation has awarded approximately $14 million to more than 150 organizations. To celebrate the foundation’s 30th anniversary, Parul Bajaj, Executive Director of the Nissan Foundation, will discuss the importance of nurturing an appreciation for cultural differences and the benefits of building diverse communities, how we can all get involved, and the work of the 2022 Nissan Foundation grant recipients. She will share how Nonprofits in Your Area Can Apply For a Grant in the 2023 Grant Cycle.

Parul Bajaj is Senior Manager, Philanthropy for Nissan North America, responsible for leading the company’s corporate giving and philanthropy strategy for the U.S. She also serves as executive director of the Nissan Foundation, overseeing activities related to the Foundation’s ongoing support of educational programs that celebrate and foster diversity. Bajaj joined the Nissan Corporate Communications team in March 2016 and brought extensive experience from Bridgestone and FedEx.

Our last guests are Dr. Ahmed Elkhananya Breast Cancer Expert at the University of Alabama, and patient Melissa living with breast cancer. Melissa will share her story about how she managed her diagnosis and treatment during the Pandemic. Dr. Elkhanaya will discuss if breast Cancer is detected early, the disease can be easier to treat. He will also discuss the current research showing that COVID-19 may have contributed to fewer early-stage diagnoses, potentially due to the cancellation of cancer screenings. And the doctor shares why the importance of Early screening. Dr. Elkhananya is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his Hematology and Oncology training at Roswell Park Cancer Center in New York. He specializes in the care of breast cancer patients across all disease spectra. His research focuses on breast cancer heterogeneity and composition and how these differences translate to more personalized treatments in both early and advanced settings. He also studies genomic drivers for aggressive breast cancer forms and designs trials to combat such drivers. He has received different recognitions for his service, including the “Unsung Hero Award” in 2021 for his role in promoting Telemedicine services in the division of Oncology and the“Outstanding Teacher Award” in 2022 for his efforts in fellow education. He enjoys hiking and enjoying nature with his wife and two young boys.

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