Developed by two leading clinical researchers in HIV, Professor Caroline Sabin and Professor Patrick Mallon, the programme is unique in that it offers participants structured and comprehensive training on clinical research methods. Participants will learn and refine the skills necessary to develop a study proposal under the guidance of international HIV research leaders. In addition, participants will work with experienced HIV researchers with real-world experience in research excellence.

Applications for The VOICE 2020/21 are now closed.

Please email if you would like more information or to register interest for future The VOICE programmes.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for The VOICE programme you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Currently work as a medical doctor specialising in HIV or a closely related discipline
  2. Currently work in Europe, Canada or the Middle East
  3. Have a strong interest in developing HIV research as part of your career and be able to demonstrate this through any of the following:
    • Early research training completed
    • Can clearly articulate a research question of interest
    • Have identified a suitable, local funding opportunity for HIV research
    • Have evidence of prior research experience i.e. a research placement or co-authored at least one research paper or abstract
  4. Have a good level of written and spoken English
  5. Commit to attending all three meetings in full and completing the set pre-meeting work


What is the commitment?

All participants are required to:

  • Attend in full and actively participate in three 2-3 day meetings of the 2020/21 programme to be held in Europe

A message from the course leaders

“The VOICE provides a fantastic opportunity for those who want to develop a career in HIV research to acquire skills and gain expert input into a research proposal of their choice. It is so fulfilling to be able to help cultivate up-and-coming HIV researchers, paving the way for the breakthroughs of tomorrow.”

Caroline Sabin Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, University College London 


“Research in HIV has come so far in the past few decades but there is still much left to understand. Ideas grow stronger when they are shared, and that’s what The VOICE offers – the opportunity to connect with individuals from across Europe, Canada and the Middle East who are passionate about HIV research, learn new skills and work together to take those ideas to the next level.”

Paddy Mallon Professor of Microbial Diseases, University College Dublin School of Medicine

Caroline Sabin

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology – University College London

Paddy Mallon

Professor of Microbial Diseases – University College Dublin School of Medicine
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