By Anna Laura Ross, PhD, HIV Cure Strategy and Science Manager, International AIDS Society
Excitement is growing as the 2014 edition of the Towards an HIV cure symposium is now just around the corner.
The symposium, the key annual event of the IAS Towards an HIV cure initiative, will take place on 19-20 July 2014 at Victoria University City Flinders Campus, just a short walk across the Yarra river from the main Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre where the AIDS 2014 conference will be held. The symposium will bring together over 250 delegates including basic scientists, clinical researchers, community representatives, funding agencies and journalists. More...
First published on www.huffingtonpost.co.uk on 31 March 2014
What a month March has been! I was in Boston, USA for the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
(CROI 2014) where some very promising HIV cure related science made global headlines but more of that in my next blog.
After a brief stop off in San Francisco and Melbourne I travelled to India to take AIDS 2014 on the road.
My first stop was New Delhi where UNAIDS India and the Government of Victoria hosted a public seminar where I delivered a lecture detailing the progress on work towards an HIV cure. More...
First published on www.huffingtonpost.co.uk on 16 September 2013
As I flew out from Stockholm to Denver last Wednesday it occurred to me how far we had come in HIV Cure research since the International AIDS Society held the first HIV Cure workshop at the AIDS 2010 conference in Vienna.
I've been in Stockholm this week speaking on how a group of cancer drugs called HDAC inhibitors can activate latent HIV at an HIV Cure conference organised by the Karolinska Institutet and all of us who attended have come away feeling energised and encouraged. More...
First published on www.huffingtonpost.co.uk on 2 May 2013
The recent global news story that a newborn child in the US had been "functionally" cured of HIV was a powerful reminder of just how far we have come in the past three decades. The "Mississippi Baby" encapsulates the hope that many of us now share - to one day finding a cure for HIV. It also reminds us of the great contribution that Science has made in transforming what was once a death sentence into a chronic manageable disease.
HIV treatments can now transform lives; antiretrovirals are highly effective, and if started at the right time, the life expectancy of someone living with HIV is the same as an uninfected person. Treatment also dramatically reduces HIV transmission. These striking scientific advances have led many to believe that seeing an end to AIDS is no longer a dream - but within our reach now. The challenge now is marshalling the required forces -- scientific, clinical, political and funding - to do what we know works. More...