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UCL Global Health Symposium: 'HIV/AIDS - With No Magic Bullet, Where to Next?'

7 April 2008


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The third UCL Global Health Symposium, 'HIV/AIDS - With No Magic Bullet, Where to Next?' is being held on 15 April 2008 from 4.30-6pm.

Organised by the UCL Institute for Global Health, the panel and audience will explore the future of HIV/AIDS research programmes and policy after more than 20 years of the HIV epidemic emerging.

An expert in antiviral therapy, Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity), will chair the panel. He said: "The promised magic bullet in the form of vaccines has failed to emerge. What has this meant for well-funded education and prevention programmes? What of appropriately resourced social and behavioural research? Has our legal system kept pace or made interventions more difficult?"

Panel members will include Professor Robin Weiss (UCL Infection & Immunity), who is leading an international research consortium in the search for an HIV vaccine. The symposium will be moderated by Professor Anne Johnson, UCL Institute for Global Health Co-Director.

"We want to explore what the 'best buys' in HIV should be and how we can harness the enormous collective energy across UCL in this area," said Professor Pillay. "We hope that this symposium will be the next step in forging a UCL-wide HIV community that can tackle the challenges we face in innovative and multidisciplinary ways."

The symposium will be held in the JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Drinks will follow.

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