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Community Update 2004 From the 11th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Winter 2004

Fred Schaich, IFARA, and Greg Fowler at work during production.
Fred Schaich, IFARA, and Greg Fowler at work during production.

This year's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) took place in San Francisco, CA, USA from February 8 through 11. Nearly 4,000 of the world's leading researchers and clinicians convened at this prestigious meeting. CROI is a scientifically focused gathering with the purpose of providing a platform for translating research into medical practice.

The conference featured the latest research related to HIV and other retroviral diseases. Some of the specific topics covered included virology, immunology, vaccines, therapy, complications of therapy, epidemiology, microbicides, maternal-fetal transmission, pediatric and women's health issues. There were more than 900 peer reviewed abstracts presented, six symposia panels and six plenary lectures. Nearly all of the meeting, abstracts, posters and webcasts are available at the official conference Web site, www.retroconference.org.

Production of "Community Update 2004" took place during and the day immediately following the meeting. The project was a collaborative effort between IFARA (International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS) and Wyoming: Positives For Positives (WPFP). The project was initiated in 2002 by IFARA. Over the next two years, the project evolved into a collaborative effort between the two agencies, IFARA and WPFP.

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During the conference, Fred Schaich of IFARA and his production crew, Greg Fowler and Greg Bourdeau set up a small studio in their hotel suite and began four marathon days of production and scheduling. A total of 17 videotaped interviews and two taped segments for later use in a live satellite broadcast were done during this time. The live satellite production took place February 12, the day following the conference. The broadcast was available for live downlink across the U.S. or could be taped for later viewing.

The satellite uplink consisted of three segments. The first focused on antiretroviral therapy. The remaining two segments focused on HIV/HCV Co-Infection and metabolic complications respectively. A limited supply of DVDs and a series of VCR tapes of the satellite uplink and the interviews are available. Further information on availability can be obtained directly from IFARA, 222 SE 30th Pl., Portland, OR 97214, USA; Phone: 503-736-0194; Fax: 503-736-9908, Email: ifara@comcast.net. A complete listing of panel participants and individual interviews can be viewed below.

In addition to the DVDs and VCRs, audio streaming of the interviews is available at www.thebody.com, selected transcripts from the interviews are published in this issue of Positives For Positives and all transcripts will be available for viewing or downloading at the WPFP Web site, www.pos4pos.org.


Panel Participants

Stephen Becker, M.D., Pacific Horizons Medical Group, San Francisco; Lisa Capaldini, M.D., California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco; Andrew Carr, M.D., St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia; Martin Delaney, Founding Director, Project Inform, San Francisco; David Evans, Moderator, Project Inform, San Francisco; Doug Dietrich, M.D., Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Daniel Kuritzkes, M.D., Partners AIDS Research, Cambridge, MA; Daniel Raymond, Harm Reduction Coalition, New York City; Fred Schaich, IFARA, Portland, OR; Kenneth Sherman, M.D., Univ. of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.


Interviews

David Back, Ph.D., PK Research, Ltd., London; Calvin Cohen, M.D., M.Sc., Commun. Research Initiative on AIDS, Boston, MA; Huntly Collins, AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, New York City; Alex Coutinho, M.D., The AIDS Support Group, Kampala, Uganda; Miguel Cashat Cruz, M.D., Hopital Infantil de Mexico, Mexico City; Eric Daar, M.D., Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA; Kevin De Cock, M.D., CDC, Nairobi, Kenya; Richard Elion, M.D., George Washington University, Washington, DC; Joel Gallant, M.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Peggy Johnston, Ph.D., NIAID, Bethesda, MD; Joep Lange, M.D., University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Ambassador Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa; Franco Lori, M.D., Research Institute for Genetic & Human Therapy, Washington, DC; Simon Mallal, M.D., Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia; Lillian Mworeko, National Forum of PLHA Networks, Kampala, Uganda; Sharon Nachman, M.D., Stony Brook Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY; Charles Rice, Ph.D., Rockefeller University, New York City; Robin Shattock, M.D., St. George's Hospital Medical School, London; Octavio Vallejo, M.D., Pacific AIDS Education Training Center, Los Angeles, CA.


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