July 18, 2014

Only a few days left until the 2014 HIV Cure Symposium in Melbourne!

Written by Anna Laura Ross, PhD, HIV Cure Strategy and Science Manager, International AIDS Society

This article originally appeared on the AIDS 2014 website here. Reposted with permission.

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.

Interest for the symposium has been very high, and the meeting was rapidly oversubscribed, highlighting how the field of HIV cure research is becoming ever-more prominent in the global area of HIV. Not only are researchers and scientists keen to be present to discuss the latest results in the field, but community representatives are also highly interested in attending, to understand the latest advances and to be able to transmit the knowledge to the wider community.

The co-chairs, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Steven Deeks and Sharon Lewin, together the scientific programme committee have been working hard to set-up an excellent programme for the symposium. We are delighted that Mr David Davis, Minister of Health for the State of Victoria will be present at the opening session on Saturday 19th July. The keynote speaker for the symposium is Jeff Lifson, from the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, who will be presenting his latest research results.

In addition to several invited speakers in the domain of HIV cure research, we look forward to hearing from two eminent professors, Geoff Hill, a specialist who studies immune mechanisms involved in transplantation, and Miles Prince, a haematologist specialized in cancer research, to provide two different viewpoints and new insights that may be useful in advancing HIV cure research.

The symposium will also have four sessions for abstract presentations and three specific non-abstract driven sessions to provide ample time for discussion and interaction among panelists and with the audience on the themes of: analytical treatment interruption, HIV cure preparedness in resource-limited settings and the role of public-private partnerships in HIV cure research. Finally the two-day symposium will include dedicated time for poster viewing, informal discussion with presenters and networking among delegates.

A record number of scholarship applications have been received, and we are excited to have been able to award scholarships to facilitate the participation of young researchers and community representatives from around the world.

The Towards an HIV cure initiative is also organizing a Community Engagement Workshop as a satellite session during the main AIDS 2014 conference. Further details will be included in the AIDS 2014 programme.

The symposium is organized under the auspices of the International AIDS Society and the HIV cure Advisory Board (chaired by Françoise Barré-Sinoussi of the Institut Pasteur and Jack Whitescarver, Director of the Office of AIDS Research at NIH). The symposium is sponsored with generous support from the NIH, the ANRS, Sanofi, and the Victoria Department of Health.

The IAS HIV cure team is looking forward to seeing you all in Melbourne!

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