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June 16, 2020 - Highlights: Our First Virtual ATN Full Meeting, Spring 2020

This virtual event has concluded and took place April 15-16, 2020. To keep everyone in our ATN family safe, the in-person network meeting for Spring 2020 was moved to a virtual format.

See a video with highlights from the meeting - includes text transcript.

Click here for the agenda from this meeting. 

Presentation slides from this meeting can be found on the ATN secure website here.

Details on upcoming meetings (save the dates) can be found here.

Watch a short video about the virtual meeting format and how it worked. 


Post-event Highlights Video

In this video, see highlights from the virtual meeting. Press play to view. A text transcript is below the video. 




OFFSCREEN: [Humming]

OFFSCREEN: If you start singing something we all know, we could all sing together.

TEXT ONSCREEN: ATN Virtual Spring Meeting. Held April 15-16, 2020. Highlights.

Sylvie Naar: When was the last time you’ve done something for the first time, and I think we can all say that today we are doing something for the first time.

TEXT ONSCREEN: ATN researchers meet face-to-face twice a year. In April 2020, in response to COVID-19, we held the meeting online via Zoom to keep everyone safe. These are highlights from the recording as youth HIV researchers from around the country gathered online as friends and colleagues.

Sonia Lee: So I’m so happy that we were able to, with of course tremendous work from the Coordinating Center, to get this set up virtually. What would the month of April be without an ATN meeting? I miss you all, I love you all, and hopefully we’ll get to see everybody soon.

Lisa Hightow-Weidman: This is just a smattering of the beautiful people in iTech that I miss very much.

Scott Comulada: It’s a team effort, everything we do.

Lisa Hightow-Weidman: It’s a collaborative effort.

Kit Simpson: It is a, really a team effort, and I’m just fortunate that I get to talk on behalf of the team.

Jessica Sales: The PrEP providing-practices of Title X or publically-funded family planning clinics.

Jose Bauermeister: We’re so supportive of and thankful for the ATN’s support for this work.

Sonia Lee: And we know there’s a lot of work that needs to be done for our youth who are affected by HIV, and that that work doesn’t stop.

Mary Paul: Youth ages 13-24 made up 21% of new HIV diagnoses, and they were the least likely of any age group to be aware of their infection.

Charnell Cromer: I think over the years I’ve just discovered that, just a theme that, adolescents really just want to feel like they matter to us.

Isa Fernandez: Our first virtual ATN meeting and I am so happy to see so many participants.

Sonia Lee: Thank you to all of you for attending this meeting.


ATN is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U24HD089880. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) research program aims to defeat the rising HIV epidemic among adolescents and young adults in the United States. ATN is led by investigators with innovative thinking and novel approaches to increase awareness of HIV status in youth and, for those diagnosed with HIV, increase access to health care. Visit to learn more.

Music credits: Hand in Hand - Nicolai Heidlas