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.

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 Upcoming Events and Activities

World AIDS Day 2020 – Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected
Save the Date: On December 1, 2020, the OAR will host the 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. The event will be virtual and conducted from 11:00 am – to 12:30 pm. To learn more and find out how to view the event, see World AIDS Day 2020

Past Events

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 November 17, 2020