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World AIDS Day 2018

On November 30, 2018, people from across NIH and the community gathered at the NIH Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda for the OAR-sponsored World AIDS Day symposium More Than Three Decades: Inspiring HIV Discoveries Through Basic Science Research. Speakers representing various scientific disciplines discussed the role of basic science research in yielding effective treatment and prevention tools, and potentially a cure, in the ongoing fight against HIV.

Maureen Goodenow, Ph.D., NIH Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director of OAR, shared opening and closing remarks. The program was moderated by Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D., Director, Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The speakers included the following:

Larry Corey, M.D.
President and Director Emeritus,
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Professor, Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington
The Road Less Travelled: Perspectives on an Effective HIV Vaccine

Avindra Nath, M.D.
Senior Investigator
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
HIV Reservoirs in the Brain: Advances in Detection and Elimination

Daniel Appella, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
Disrupting HIV Maturation and Infectivity with Mercaptobenzamide Molecules

Dima Hammoud, M.D.
Tenure Track Investigator
Center for Infectious Disease Imaging, NIH
Imaging to Better Understanding HIV Pathophysiology

Jeffrey S. Crowley, M.P.H.
Program Director, Infectious Disease Initiatives
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University Law Center
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Grounding National Policy in Sound Basic Sciences

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N. Ph.D.
National Library of Medicine, NIH
Data Driven Cure: How NLM Inspires HIV Discoveries through Basic Science

Check back to the OAR website for information on the 2019 World AIDS Day event!

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This page last reviewed on February 7, 2023