Changes ahead, and a farewell

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I wanted to let you know about some changes on our blog that will bring in new voices and perspectives to this source for global HIV and TB news. The focus on these twin epidemics will remain as strong as ever, and we intend to keep bringing you the latest policy developments, scientific news, and commentary that we’ve provided over the last 15 months.

But I am leaving to start a new job (going back into political journalism), and a few new bloggers will be taking over the role of writing posts and soliciting guest blogs for Science Speaks. You’ve probably already noticed a couple new names on the site—the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz, who has done a great job of bringing you news from some recent HIV and TB-related congressional briefings, and Hannah Fishman, who has taken the lead in writing our new “what we’re reading” feature. You will see other new names in the coming weeks, including Rob Koenig, a long time D.C.-based science writer who will be bringing his talents to this space.

We hope you will continue to suggest story ideas and submit guest posts. The new contact for blog ideas/submissions are Rabita, who can be reached at, and Hannah, who can be reached at

On a final personal note, I have really enjoyed writing this blog and will miss it very much. It’s been an amazing opportunity for me to interview leading scientists, government officials, and dedicated advocates who are so committed to saving lives from these deadly diseases. Thanks to everyone who took the time to help me learn about this exciting field.

–Deirdre Shesgreen

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