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Engagement Tours at AIDS 2014

Posted 27 juin 2014, 10:21 , by Conference Secretariat

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) is excited to offer delegates the opportunity to see first-hand the work of some innovative Melbourne-based organizations through the Engagement Tours. Following the success and positive evaluations at previous AIDS conferences, this year we have 12 very interesting organizations where conference delegates can receive a guided tour – free of charge and limited to one tour per delegate.

To register please contact each organization individually at the email address listed. More...

HIV in Australia: we’ve come a long way but there’s more to do

Posted 26 juin 2014, 09:47 , by Guest

By Marian Pitts, La Trobe University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

In the three decades since the virus was identified, Australia has done well by international standards in keeping HIV infection rates down. But certain aspects of our national approach continue to risk the national prevention strategy, and stigmatise people with HIV.

The last 32 years have seen numerous advances in HIV, from the early deaths in 1983, including the deaths of four Queensland babies who received blood transfusions, which led to the blood-screening program; through to the introduction of early combination therapy in 1992 and the reduction in people dying from AIDS-related illnesses after the introduction of combination therapy in 1996.

Since 1999, there has been a small but significant yearly increase in the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV; more people living relatively well with HIV increases the risk of exposure through unsafe sex. More...

Dr. Shomyseh Sanjabi: Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) Programme Awards

Posted 25 juin 2014, 10:29 , by Guest

By Emily Shaw, Research Promotion Intern, International AIDS Society

The Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) programme awards up to US$150,000 funding (direct costs) per year for one to two years to promising, early-stage scientists who have not previously worked in the area of HIV research. Presented by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in collaboration with the Centers for AIDS Research Program (CFAR) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the programme aims to encourage innovation in this field. The grants are awarded at the International AIDS Conferences as well as the IAS Conferences on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. Grantees are given the opportunity to attend these conferences in the year they are awarded and in subsequent years in order to present their progress.

At the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), twelve outstanding early-stage researchers from a range of scientific disciplines and locations, including Argentina, India, and the United States, were awarded as recipients of the CNIHR grant programme. More...

Better and Smarter Investments in the HIV Response

Posted 20 juin 2014, 03:16 , by Guest

By Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The story of the fight against HIV is the story of the human family coming together. A decade ago, the disease was snuffing out lives at villages and neighborhoods at a seemingly unstoppable pace. Life expectancy in entire countries was being cut down by a decade or more. The old and the young were dying in pain and all alone in their communities, shamed in many cases by their own families and friends.

Since then, courageous activism, political leadership and a massive increase in resources have changed the AIDS landscape dramatically. Scientific advances and our experience on the ground now give us the historic opportunity to end HIV as an epidemic and turn it into low-level endemicity. More...

Stronger Together

Posted 13 juin 2014, 10:35 , by Conference Secretariat

By Sébastien Morin, IAS-ILF Research Officer

The International AIDS Society (IAS) recognizes the crucial role that a diversity of stakeholders, including industry, plays in the response to the HIV epidemic and also values the involvement of and dialogue with many key stakeholders. Only through a fully multi‑stakeholder approach can critical gaps in HIV research and implementation strategies be identified and effective solutions developed for addressing them.

At AIDS 2014, the IAS will convene a large group of diverse industry stakeholders for a bi-directional consultation. This closed meeting will be an occasion for the IAS to present its strategic programmes and priorities (e.g., Key Affected Populations, Paediatrics/CIPHER, Towards an HIV Cure, Journal of the International AIDS Society, Prizes and Awards/Grants and Fellowships) while getting insights from industry partners regarding their interests in order to foster further collaboration. Following short presentations by IAS Governing Council More...

AIDS 2014 on the Road: India

Posted 31 mars 2014, 04:33 , by Sharon Lewin, AIDS 2014 Local Co-Chair

First published on on 31 March 2014

Sharon LewinWhat 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...

Behind the Scenes in Melbourne

Posted 06 mars 2014, 09:17 , by Sharon Lewin, AIDS 2014 Local Co-Chair

First published on on 5 March 2014

Sharon LewinI think all of us who have attended an International AIDS Conference in some capacity will agree that events of this kind are few and far between. I go to many conferences both as a delegate and speaker and nothing rivals the pure energy, colour and emotion that International AIDS conferences bring to the people that attend them, in the first instance and secondly, to the cities that host them.

In the broader public's mind of course, some of these conferences have been defined by the history- defining moments that they facilitated: the announcement of the first antiretrovirals at the Vancouver conference in 1996 was undoubtedly one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the past century ; the "life saving " speech delivered by the great late Nelson Mandela More...

The Mandela Legacy: Leadership Can Transform HIV/AIDS

Posted 17 décembre 2013, 02:13 , by Sharon Lewin, AIDS 2014 Local Co-Chair

First published on on 17 December 2013

Sharon LewinIt's been quite a month and I had planned on beginning this blog with an initial reflection on the recent ICAAP conference in Bangkok but that has been superseded by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a champion of the HIV/AIDS cause.

We are indebted to Mr Mandela for his leadership role in making HIV/AIDS in sub Saharan Africa an issue that the world could no longer ignore. Mr Mandela's speech at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 changed the course of the epidemic in both his country and the continent. More...

Towards AIDS 2014: Notes From Sydney and the Top End

Posted 24 octobre 2013, 01:36 , by Sharon Lewin, AIDS 2014 Local Co-Chair

First published on on 24 October 2013

Sharon LewinI'm writing this at the tail end of what has been a hectic but extraordinarily energising week on the path to AIDS2014 - I know it's only October 2013 but it is certainly apparent already to me and my colleagues both here in Australia and at the IAS Secretariat in Switzerland that there is already a groundswell of momentum building ahead of the event.

To begin with, it was quite a week in Sydney where over 70 members of the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) and program committees had flown in from More...

On the Road with HIV Cure Research Part One: Denver Via Stockholm

Posted 19 septembre 2013, 11:02 , by Sharon Lewin, AIDS 2014 Local Co-Chair

First published on on 16 September 2013

Sharon LewinAs 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...