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October 30, 2003


Emory CFAR Hosts Top Scientists at National Symposium on Global HIV/AIDS
Epidemic: Science, People & Policy

VIIth National Science Symposium of the NIH Centers for AIDS Research
November 13, 2003, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building
1440 Clifton Road, Emory University

ATLANTA — The Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) will host a day-long science symposium on November 13 focused on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, featuring leading scientists from throughout the world. The VIIth National Science Symposium of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CFARs will take place on the Emory University campus in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building at 1440 Clifton Road. It is free and open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Advance reservations for lunch are required (email:

The symposium is part of a three-day annual conference of directors and administrators of NIH-supported CFARs from around the nation. James W. Curran, MD, MPH, director of the Emory CFAR and dean of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, has been director of the National CFAR Executive Committee during the past year. The Emory CFAR, which includes more than 120 faculty throughout the university, was first designated by the NIH in 1998, and its funding was renewed for five years in 2002 through grants totaling $9.3 million.

The CFAR science symposium includes presentations by leaders of renowned HIV/AIDS research programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of California/San Diego, the University of California/Los Angeles, the University of Alabama/ Birmingham, the University of Washington/Seattle, and Harvard Medical School, as well as AIDS research leaders from the World Health Organization (Geneva), Universidade Federal (Rio de Janeiro), and the Medical Research Council of South Africa (Cape Town). A poster session will feature research by CFAR Developmental Core grant recipients from around the country.

For more information, or to register for lunch, contact Kimberly Sessions, EdD, assistant director of the Emory CFAR, at 404-727-2924 or Information about the symposium may also be found on the CFAR website at

James W. Curran, MD, MPH
Dean and Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Director, Emory Center for AIDS Research

Opening remarks
Michael M.E. Johns, MD
CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University
Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University

I. The use of structural and policy interventions to reduce the burden of disease

Reducing HIV Infection in the United States: Where are We Now and What Will It Take?
Harold W. Jaffe, MD
Director, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Universal Access to Antiretroviral Therapy: The Brazilian Experience
Mauro Schechter, MD, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, National Research Council, Brazil.
Head, AIDS Research Laboratory, Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Professor of Infectious Diseases, Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Morning Break and Poster Session

II. The use of structural and behavioral interventions to reduce HIV transmission

Heterosexual HIV Transmission and Prevention Strategies: From Basic Science to Policy in the African Setting
Susan Allen, MD Associate Professor of Epidemiology & International Health
Core Director, University of Alabama - Birmingham Center for AIDS Research
Director, Africa Program, Fogarty AIDS International Training in Research Program
University of Alabama - Birmingham

Prevention of HIV Among MSM in the US: Challenges and Solutions
Thomas J. Coates, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Lunch (provided to participants but advance reservation required)

III. The use of research to improve HIV/AIDS quality of life

Panel Discussion: Promoting HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment in South Africa -- What are the Research Questions?
Bruce D. Walker, MD
Director, Partners AIDS Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Division of AIDS, Harvard Medical School, Professor, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Anthony Mbewu, MBBS, MD, PMD
Executive Director of Research, Medical Research Council of South Africa

Philip Onyebujoh, MD
Intervention Development and Implementation Research
Manager, Proof of Principle and Implementation Research on Tuberculosis and Leprosy
Disease Research Coordinator, Tuberculosis
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
World Health Organization

Afternoon Break and Poster Session

IV. The use of basic science to illuminate AIDS pathogenesis

HIV Escape and Evolution
Douglas Richman, MD
Professor of Pathology and Medicine in Residence
Director, Research Center for AIDS and HIV Infection, San Diego VA Medical Center
Director, UCSD Center for AIDS Research and UCSD AIDS Research Institute

Molecular determinants of heterosexual HIV transmission in Lusaka, Zambia
Eric Hunter, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Director, Center for AIDS Research
The University of Alabama - Birmingham

V. The use of vaccine science to promote a healthier future

Developing Vaccines for HIV: Is the System Working?
Lawrence Corey, MD
Professor, Medicine and Laboratory Medicine
Head, Virology Division/University of Washington
Head, Program in Infectious Diseases, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Closing remarks
James W. Curran, MD, MPH

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