HIV Reservoirs & Cure Workshop Gets NIH and ANRS Grants
The workshop Steering Committee has just received confirmed support from both the NIH (National Institutes of Health, USA) and the ANRS (French Agency for AIDS Research), confirming the top notch scientific quality of this meeting.
Since the first workshop was held in 2003, the subject of HIV persistence and reservoirs has become even more pertinent. Biologists and clinicians alike face the challenge of long-term management of this relentless retroviral infection. Worldwide, 33 million people are presently infected by HIV, which consistently establishes a persistent infection. Antiretroviral therapy only halts viral replication. Ongoing inflammation continues in patients. In addition, antiretroviral therapy has long-term side effects. Finally, the economic burden of life-long antiretroviral therapy might be unsustainable. In light of these grim facts, a worldwide endeavor for a cure is needed. The "Fifth International Workshop on HIV Persistence" is being held this year in St. Maarten, West Indies, from December 6-9, 2011.
The outcomes of this workshop are many faceted. This provides an opportunity for scientists, fresh from labs and clinics, to meet about pertinent HIV issues. These include reservoirs and understanding them, latency, and above all, sharing ideas for a cure and eradication.
Please notice this important announcement. The workshop Steering Committee has just received confirmed support from both the NIH (National Institutes of Health, USA) and the ANRS (French Agency for AIDS Research), confirming the top notch scientific quality of this meeting. This 4-day workshop of experts will present new data and current advances in the field, in light of a base of past successes. This assembly is the cutting edge and visionary scientific workshop on HIV persistence, reservoirs and curative strategies. Great strides have been made in research, and identifying the processes that make up HIV persistence. The focus is meeting to review this information, while testing new strategies towards a HIV cure.
This is a closed workshop with a limited attendance of 200 delegates. All who are interested must submit an abstract by September 9th, 2011. Application acceptance will be very rigorous, and directed by an international scientific committee. Those who are prospective contributors occupied in this field who are not submitting an abstract may submit an online application before September 9th, 2011. A steering committee will review these applications. Furthermore, persons not directing bench research, but who are engaged with HIV/AIDS field at a policy level are encouraged to apply. First priority is, however, given to those who submit abstracts.
Further information is available online: http://www.informedhorizons.com/persistence2011/
Key words: ANRS, HIV cure, HIV eradication, HIV persistence, HIV reservoirs, HIV workshop, NIH