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Our Team

Professor Carolyn M. Audet

Dr Carolyn Audet profile imageProfessor Carolyn Audet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University and an Honorary Associate Professor at MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt).

Professor Audet focuses on three main lines of research: 1) male partner engagement in HIV care and treatment of their pregnant wives/partners to increase uptake of testing and treatment while promoting empathy and support, 2) collaboration with traditional healers and traditional birth attendants to increase testing, linkage, and treatment adherence among people living with HIV, and 3) evaluation of comprehensive community-based programs designed to increase treatment uptake among those with substance use disorder.

Dr Ryan G. Wagner

Dr Ryan Wagner profile imageDr Ryan Wagner is an award-winning epidemiologist with clinical training who, over the past 14 years, has conducted longitudinal, population-based research and trials in rural Africa. During this time, Dr Wagner contributed to the development and implementation of innovative field and computing methodologies under the auspices of the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt).

Dr Wagner’s ongoing research seeks to define, model and develop interventions that address the complex disease burden currently being experienced in rural South Africa and improve health care access and use through contextually relevant interventions.

Mr Wonderful Mabuza

Mr Wonderful Mabuza profile imageMr Wonderful Mabuza is the Project Manager of the Ntirhisano Project and a local resident of the Agincourt Research site.

With training in Public Health and research experience spanning clinical trials and implementation studies aimed at improving the uptake and treatment of HIV, Mr Mabuza’s passion is in improving the lives of South Africans.


Ms Praises Mnisi

Ms Praises Mnisi profile imageMs Praises Mnisi is a field research intern with the Ntirhisano Project.

Trained originally in Podiatry, Ms. Mnisi joins the team seeking hands on experience in conducting population-based research and looks forward to pursuing further studies in Public Health. 



Students/interns who contributed to the workstream

  • Isabel Morin, Vanderbilt University, 2023 Summer intern
  • Sia Kripalani, Vanderbilt University, 2023 Summer intern
  • Tshegofatso Seabi, University of the Witwatersrand, PhD (expected graduation 2023)
  • Daniel Sack, Vanderbilt University MD/PhD Student (graduated 2023)
  • Elise Clemens, Vanderbilt University Medical Student (graduated 2021)
  • Miller Morris, Vanderbilt University MPH Student (graduated 2019)

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