International AIDS Conference to Begin in Australia; More Than 5,000 Researchers to Discuss HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Advances
July 20, 2007
Delegates attending the 4th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention -- scheduled to take place from July 22 to July 25 in Sydney, Australia -- are expected to present studies and discuss advances in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, AFP/Sunday Times reports (Sands, AFP/Sunday Times, 7/18). The conference aims to improve understanding of HIV/AIDS, treatments for the disease and methods to prevent it from spreading worldwide, the Sydney Star Observer reports.
The declaration notes that "in addition to basic, clinical, prevention, social and policy research," operations research also is important to "enable rapid implementation of new technologies to prevent, diagnose and treat" HIV. Few countries and organizations allocate funds for research and often do not use such funding when it is available, the declaration says. According to the declaration, the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria allows 10% of each grant for operations research, but the provision rarely is used by countries (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/10).
"Good research drives good policy, so we're urging national governments and private donors to allocate no less than 10% of all HIV resources for research," Cooper said (Sydney Star Observer, 7/19). He added, "If donors can't see that there's good outcomes, that it's effective, then unfortunately, they're going to pull the plug" on funding. "The only way to keep it on track is with research," Cooper said. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, "The achievements in treatment have been breathtaking; there has been so much accomplished in the years up to 2007, but there is still much to do -- that will be the key message I'll be taking to the conference" (AFP/Sunday Times, 7/18).
Kaisernetwork.org will serve as the official webcaster of the IAS conference. Individuals can sign up for a free daily update e-mail and find more information about conference webcasts online.
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