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2013 Research in Action Awards


TAG's annual Research in Action Awards (RIAA) event honors activists, scientists, philanthropists, and creative artists who have made extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS. Resources raised at RIAA provide vital support for TAG’s programs throughout the year, and enable us to honor champions in the fight to end AIDS.

The 2013 RIAA Journal as a PDF

Event Chairs

Scott P. Campbell
Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation
Frank R. Selvaggi
Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi LLP

Honorary Chair

Sara Rafsky
Americas Research Associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists
Daughter of TAG cofounder Bob Rafsky


Jenna Wolfe, anchor on NBC’s Weekend Today, and

Meredith Vieira of Dateline NBC and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as well as former anchor of NBC’s Today and former host of ABC’s The View.


  • Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN. During 2007 and 2008, he traveled around the world for Planet in Peril, a documentary about issues threatening the planet, its inhabitants, and its natural resources. Cooper is the host and executive producer of Anderson, a nationally syndicated daytime talk show. Cooper also reports for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Cooper has covered many important developments in the struggle against HIV/AIDS—including an hour-long feature on AIDS in America in 2011—and, more recently, a memorial for TAG’s first antiviral project director, Spencer Cox. Cooper has hosted the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) fall gala for seven years in a row. Cooper’s memoirs, Dispatches from the Edge, topped the New York Times best-seller list and other charts.
  • Olympia Dukakis is an Academy Award–winning actress and human rights activist/spokesperson.  Her portrayal of Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady in the celebrated television adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, earned her an Emmy nomination. She has used her success and fame to advocate passionately for numerous social justice issues including the human rights of people living with HIV.
  • Dr. Joseph Sonnabend is a physician, laboratory scientist, clinical researcher, and community activist who contributed immeasurably to the fight against AIDS. As a pioneer in community-based research, he cofounded the AIDS Medical Foundation (later to become the American Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR) and the Community Research Initiative/Community Research Initiative on AIDS, as well as the PWA Health Group. In addition to creating community organizations, Dr. Sonnabend treated patients and conducted research into AIDS for the first 23 years of the epidemic in New York City, and helped create the first safe-sex guidelines. He now lives in London.

TAG Limited Art Edition

Nan Goldin
Apocalypse NYC
1990/2000, 2013
14.5” x 40” x 2”

Cibachrome semigloss photograph diptych with black border in a wood frame painted with flat black finish under nonreflective Den glass.
We hope that you respect the artist’s wishes that this not be sold at auction.

Acclaimed artist Nan Goldin has generously donated a limited edition of 20 prints, created especially for TAG. Gold and Silver patrons of RIAA 2013 will receive one of these limited editions as available. Goldin first exhibited at the Matthew Marks Gallery in 1992. Her work has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives: one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and another, in 2001, by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include the slide and video presentation Sisters, Saints & Sybils at La Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris, contributions to the 40th Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2009, and Goldin's Scopophilia exhibition that was part of Patrice Chéreau's special 2011 program at the Louvre. Goldin was admitted to the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007. She received the Emery Award from the Hetrick-Martin Institute, New York, for her AIDS and LGBTQ advocacy, in 1994; and the ReD Award for outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS, Berlin, Germany, in 2011. Goldin lives and works in Paris and New York and is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City: