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Meet Adeeba Kamarulzaman, AIDS 2022 International Co-Chair
“The science around HIV and AIDS through the years has been enormously transformative and has given us an array of tools for both treatment and prevention. A lot of the science in the conference is also dedicated to social, behavioural and implementation sciences and policy making to further inform evidence into action.” – Adeeba Kamarulzaman, AIDS 2022 International Co-Chair   AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference, will take place in Montreal, Canada, as well as virtually, from...
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Meet Jean-Pierre Routy, AIDS 2022 Local Co-Chair

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Meet Jean-Pierre Routy, AIDS 2022 Local Co-Chair
"Canadians have learned many lessons from COVID-19 over the past year that can be shared with the world. After stealing the spotlight, it would be nice to see how much light COVID-19 sheds back on HIV.” - Jean-Pierre Routy, AIDS 2022 Local Co-Chair.   AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference, will take place in Montreal, Canada, from 29 July to 2 August. Canada hosted the 5th International AIDS Conference in Montreal in 1989, the 11th International AIDS Conference in Vancouver in 199...
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Remembering Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Archbishop Tutu, a loyal friend and supporter of the IAS, passed away on 26 December 2021. “The world has lost a powerful voice in the HIV response,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “Archbishop Tutu will forever be remembered for denouncing AIDS denialism, standing up against discrimination and advocating for HIV treatment for everyone, everywhere. In doing so, he enriched and saved countless lives....
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  30 November 2021 (Geneva, Switzerland) – In view of the imposition of travel bans on southern African countries in a bid to prevent the spread of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant, IAS – the International AIDS Society – calls for an international Code of Conduct for countries compelled to react to emerging COVID-19 information. The Code of Conduct would focus on scientific evidence rather than resorting to blunt measures that may cause more harm than good. Very targeted and time-bound travel...
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Remembering Dr Scott Hammer

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IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the death of our former Governing Council member Scott Hammer, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University. A respected HIV researcher and physician, Dr Hammer passed away on 17 November 2021. “Dr Scott Hammer played a pivotal role in the development of the current HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) paradigm that has saved millions of lives,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “He will be missed by us all.” A ...
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Remembering Dr Ly Penh Sun

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Remembering Dr Ly Penh Sun
IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the untimely death of IAS Member Dr Ly Penh Sun, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS), Cambodia. A champion for HIV prevention and treatment across Asia and the Pacific, Dr Sun sadly passed away on 9 November 2021. “As Director of NCHAD, Dr Ly Penh Sun played a major role in Cambodia’s highly successful HIV response,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “Cambodia was one of the few countries to achieve...
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“IAS – the International AIDS Society – warmly welcomes the news that a COVID-19 vaccine will soon also be produced in South Africa. Suffering driven by vaccine inequity would largely be a thing of the past if low- to middle-income countries had the capacity to control the production and distribution of life-saving vaccines. “But this good news comes with caveats. To truly empower low- to middle-income countries in the response to COVID-19 and future pandemics, the transfer of technologies ...
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Helen McDowell has been elected as the ILF industry representative. Helen, who has worked in HIV for over 15 years, leads global public policy, access to medicine, advocacy and global public health initiatives, including public-private partnerships, for ViiV Healthcare. She is also an active member of GSK’s (ViiV’s majority shareholder) Global Health Leadership team. “At ViiV Healthcare, we have long believed in the impact and power of taking a partnership approach to tackling global health ...
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Monday, 26 April 2021 (Geneva, Switzerland): IAS – the International AIDS Society – welcomes the appointment of its President, AdeebaKamarulzaman, to the newly formed World Health Organization (WHO) Science Council.   The Science Council will advise WHO on high-priority scientific issues that could have a direct impact on global health.   “Science must be at the heart of everything we do as global health advocates,” Kamarulzaman said. “Like the HIV pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic has demo...
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It is my great honour to announce that Dr Birgit Poniatowski is the next Executive Director of IAS – the International AIDS Society. She assumes the role with immediate effect.
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