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CRI Co-Founder and Executive Director Julie Marston Named to 2017 POZ 100

POZ magazine named Community Research Initiative Executive Director and Co-Founder Julie Marston to the 2017 POZ 100. This year’s list highlights women who have made significant contributions in the fight against HIV.

Marston was named to the list for her role in starting CRI and managing the organization, which helps more than 10,000 people in Massachusetts every year and conducts research to develop safer, simpler, and more effective HIV treatments. The organization’s research has contributed to almost every HIV treatment available today.

“It is a true honor to be named among the many wonderful women who have done such great work to help people living with HIV,” Marston said. “I thank POZ for the recognition, and I also thank our incredible staff at CRI who administer our Drug Assistance Programs, educate consumers and community partners, and conduct lifesaving research on a daily basis. I look forward to seeing what CRI and the other strong women on this list can accomplish in the future to find a cure and help people living with HIV.”

In addition to serving as executive director of CRI, Marston previously served as a board member of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD; now GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). Previously, she lived in India, studied international health, and worked for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, as well as the Center for Strengthening African Health within the Health Policy Institute at Boston University. She is a member of the Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology, the American Public Health Association, and the Massachusetts Public Health Association.

Ms. Marston is available for interviews. If you would like to schedule an interview, obtain more information, or request print-quality images, please contact Libby Mullen, CRI Development and Communications Manager, at

The Community Research Initiative of New England is an independent, nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to HIV and hepatitis C clinical research, treatment education, and financial assistance for approved HIV drug treatments and health insurance coverage. For more information, please visit

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