Heeran Makkan is a Programme Manager for The Aurum Institute Clinical Research Division overseeing HIV prevention and treatment clinical trials. He has over 18 years of research experience and nine years of clinical trial experience. During his career, he has managed numerous clinical trials and observational studies, conducted fieldwork, managed data collection activities, maintained quality control, presented research outputs at local and international conferences, and has liaised with various stakeholders.
In clinical research, he has collaborated with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), Family Health International (FHI360), The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), The Follow-on African Consortium for Tenofovir Studies (FACTS), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Glaxo Smith Kline, ViiV Healthcare, Aspen Global Inc., and Shionogi. He has worked with other global initiatives in human genetic research such as National Geographics (on The Genographic Project), the African Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), and the Southern African Society for Human Genetics (SASHG).
Heeran is a biological scientist, trained in the field of Human Genetics. He has a Masters in Medical Science. He has peer-reviewed publications in both HIV and Human Genetics fields. As a Human Geneticists, he conducted many field expeditions, where he witnessed the grave burden HIV and TB presents within South African communities. This led to his change in research scope, where his drive and motivation is to improve public health outcomes. He has a keen interest in adolescent research, and the promotion of progressive sexual health and behavioural interventions.