Meetings & Events


The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) provides advice to the OAR Director on the planning, coordination, and evaluation of research and other HIV/AIDS activities conducted or supported by the NIH. The OARAC also advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Director of NIH, and the Director of OAR on HIV/AIDS research programs and the development and annual review of the comprehensive NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research.

Upcoming OARAC Meetings

Sponsored Events and Activities

OAR convenes scientific workshops, bringing together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of the science and recommend cutting-edge initiatives. OAR also sponsors meetings to disseminate findings from high-priority scientific research to communities affected by the HIV epidemic. Finally, OAR hosts listening sessions to obtain feedback on HIV research priorities from people living with HIV and the community organizations that support them.

NIH Webinar Series: Moving from Hepatitis Discovery to Elimination
NIH and the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination launched the NIH Webinar Series: Moving from Hepatitis Discovery to Elimination to highlight ongoing research that can benefit elimination efforts, support translation of research into implementation, and identify additional research needs. Save the Date: Thursday, May 13th, from 3-4:30 pm, the OAR and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities host “Leaving No One Behind: Research to Uncover and Address Health Disparities in Hepatitis Burden of Disease and Care.”

OAR Director’s Scientific Briefings (Formerly Brown Bag Series)

HIV, COVID-19 and Health Disparities
A Director’s Scientific Briefing on HIV, COVID-19 and Health Disparities was conducted on September 22, 2020. The seminar was comprised of three invited speakers who presented from different perspectives on the intersection of HIV, COVID-19, and health disparities. A Q&A followed the presentations. 

Other Events and Activities

NIH Recognizes the First Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Related to AIDS
On June 5th, the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) will join colleagues around the world to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the landmark CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that first recognized the disease later named AIDS, and is seeking your support to promote this momentous occasion. Forty years ago, on June 5, 1981, the MMWR reported five cases of persons in Los Angeles, California, who were ill with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, catalyzing a global effort that led to the identification of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Over these past 40 years, much of the progress to guide the response to HIV has emerged from research funded by the NIH – and helped turn a once-fatal disease into the manageable chronic illness that it is today. OAR is conducting a communications campaign that will continue through NIH’s World AIDS Day commemoration on December 1, 2021. To learn more and get involved, visit OAR’s 40 Years of Progress: It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic webpage.

2021 DEBUT Challenge 
The OAR is pleased to announce our participation in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell 2021 DEBUT Challenge. The DEBUT Challenge will provide over $100,000 in cash prizes to undergraduate student teams that develop innovative technology solutions to unmet needs in healthcare. For the third consecutive year, OAR will support a $15,000 award to the winning entry that demonstrates engineering-based technology solutions to current HIV/AIDS prevention and/or health care problems. The submissions are due June 1, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT. To learn more, see the NBIB Announcement of Requirements and Registration for Debut 2021 or the VentureWell Guidelines.

Past Events

HIV in Rural America
On March 18, 2021, Dr. Maureen M. Goodenow participated in the HIV in Rural America webinar, which featured a conversation based on research presented in The Lancet’s Special Issue: HIV in the USA. The event was hosted by the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute. To learn more, view the webinar recording and slides.

World AIDS Day 2020 – Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected
On December 1, 2020, the OAR hosted the virtual NIH World AIDS Day Observance Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected, with a focus on building the capacity of current and future generations of HIV researchers and advocates. To learn more and view the event, see World AIDS Day 2020

Open Session - HIV-related Intersectional Stigma Research Advances & Opportunities Workshop
On September 18, 2020, the NIH Office of AIDS Research and the NIMH Division of AIDS Research conducted an open session of the HIV-related Intersectional Stigma Research Advances & Opportunities Workshop. This virtual discussion reviewed the workshop and outcomes of its four workgroups. The aim of the virtual session and the workshop was to advance HIV prevention and treatment science, inform the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative, and bolster HIV efforts worldwide.

Additional information, including speakers and presentation titles, is available here.

AIDS 2020: Virtual
OAR was pleased to be part of the NIH community that participated in AIDS 2020 and to organize a virtual satellite session, The Impact of NIH HIV/AIDS Research and Discovery at the Intersection of Prevention, Treatment, and Disparities Across the Lifespan. The session is publicly available on the AIDS 2020 website. Please find the link to the pre-recorded and live segments. Multidisciplinary scientists shared unique insights, research findings, and experiences that will improve understanding of how the global and the domestic HIV epidemics can inform each other and accelerate epidemic control.

This page last reviewed on May 26, 2021