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Sep. 28,  2010

International AIDS Vaccine 2010 Conference Meets in Atlanta This Week

News Article ImageAIDS Vaccine 2010: For more information on the conference, see the online press kit online. This kit includes videos and extensive information on Emory's HIV/AIDS research.

Many of the world’s HIV/AIDS scientific leaders and vaccine researchers are in Atlanta this week attending AIDS Vaccine 2010, the only global scientific meeting devoted solely to HIV vaccine research. The Emory Center for AIDS Research is local host for the conference, taking place Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Nearly 1,100 researchers, funders, policy makers and advocates from around the world will focus on advances in the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine. More than 500 scientific presentations will detail progress and challenges in the field.

AV2010 is organized by the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, a unique alliance of 19 independent research, funding, advocacy and stakeholder organizations around the world dedicated to accelerating the development of an HIV vaccine. For more information, visit www.vaccineenterprise.org.

The conference program is available at: www.hivvaccineenterprise.org/conference/2010/.

“As a global leader in HIV vaccine research, Emory University is pleased to welcome our colleagues from around the world for this important overview of the latest research advances and challenges in the field,” says conference chair Eric Hunter, PhD, co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.

“AIDS Vaccine 2010 takes HIV vaccine research a significant step forward, with presentations of the latest research in HIV infection, the interaction of the virus with the immune system, vaccine design and development and clinical research.”




Conference co-chairs are James Curran, MD, MPH, dean, Rollins School of Public Health and CFAR co-director; Carlos del Rio, MD, Hubert chair, Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health and CFAR co-director; Harriet Robinson, Ph.D., senior vice president of research and development, GeoVax, and former director, Division of Microbiology and Immunology, Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

HIV is responsible for more than 50,000 new infections each week globally and more than 2.5 million new infections each year, with 33 million people now living with the disease. Since the disease was first recognized in 1981, it has claimed over 25 million lives worldwide. Despite setbacks and challenges, scientists still believe a safe, effective, and accessible HIV vaccine is critically important in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The Emory CFAR is one of 20 National Institutes of Health-funded centers across the United States. More than 120 investigators at Emory and its Atlanta partner institutions are focused on clinical, prevention, vaccine, and basic science HIV/AIDS research. The Emory Vaccine Center and its Hope Clinic, and Yerkes Primate Center support strong pre-clinical and clinical HIV vaccine research programs.

For more information about Emory’s role in the conference, along with video, visit whsc.emory.edu/home/news/media-kits/aids2010/

To learn about HIV/AIDS research at Emory University: whsc.emory.edu/home/news/media-kits/aids2010/aids-research.html

AIDS Vaccine 2010 is sponsored by the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, the Georgia Research Alliance, ANRS, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the Office of AIDS Research of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Sanofi Pasteur, UNAIDS: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, and the Wellcome Trust.

The conference features daily plenary presentations by leading researchers and clinicians along with symposia and oral abstract and poster sessions addressing every aspect of vaccine development and testing.

Press conferences will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 3:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 12:00 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time in the Magnolia room at the conference venue, the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Press conferences will be webcast at www.hivvaccineenterprise.org/conference/2010/webcasting.php.

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