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Celebrating 10 Years of HIV Research at Homerton

We were delighted to join Professor Jane Anderson and her team this week to play a part in celebrating 10 years of HIV Research at the Homerton Centre for the study of Sexual Health and HIV.

Colleagues from across the sector came together at a symposium on October 1 to hear about the ground breaking research work that has taken place at the Centre under the inspiring leadership of Professor Anderson.

There was discussion about the importance of sustaining the momentum of HIV related research in a difficult funding climate and in particular strengthening the meaningful role of people living with HIV. The HIV Patients Forum at the Homerton is closely involved in the work there and committed to future involvement.  The multi-disciplinary collaboration between Social Science and Biomedical researchers is also exemplary practice that achieves positive results.

The event provided a rare opportunity to reflect on some of the research achievements of the Centre over the past decade. For The Food Chain, it was interesting to hear that many of the findings very closely mirror the day to day experiences of our service users. We have made significant changes to our services in recent years, in direct response to service user and referrers’ feedback and it is encouraging to know that these changes are strongly reinforced by well researched evidence, as well as our day to day experiences. 

The event concluded with a celebration dinner in the evening that we were honoured to provide for our colleagues and friends across the HIV sector. Peter and our fantastic team of volunteers and Food Chain friends, including Sam and Alex from 5outof5 produced a delicious 3 course menu of the highest quality. The peach posset was especially delicious! We are glad to report that the guests were happy with the feast, and we got top marks from Professor Anderson too

“ … was all brilliant, delicious and exactly right…. It was everything we could have wished for and a great privilege to have your team cooking for us”

The pleasure and privilege was all ours, and of course the fee we received for catering the event will go directly towards our charitable work and feeding the fight against HIV. Bon appetit!