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Official AIDS 2016 Press Conference Schedule

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Please take special note to the following schedule for Official Press Conferences at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016).

Embargo Policy: The embargo on the following abstracts lifts at the start time of the press conference in which the oral abstract is featured or at the start time of the session in which the abstract is presented – whichever is earlier.
 
View the livestreaming of Official Press Conferences: https://www.youtube.com/user/iasaidsconference/live
 

Monday, 18 July

Opening Press Conference
Time: 11:00-11:45 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 1

 Featured presentations:

  • Overview of newsworthy data and other announcements at the conference
  • Significance of AIDS 2016 and its return to Durban
  • Local, national and global commitments to moving toward an end of AIDS

Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Chris Beyrer, AIDS 2016 International Chair, International AIDS Society President, and Desmond Tutu Professor of Public Health & Human Rights, Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University
  • Olive Shisana, AIDS 2016 Local Chair, President and CEO, Evidence Based Solutions
  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President, Republic of South Africa
  • Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Nkhensani Mavasa, Chairperson, Treatment Action Campaign
  • Charlize Theron, Founder, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, United Nations Messenger of Peace

 

HIV Prevention and Treatment among Women and Girls
Time: 12:15-13:00 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 1

  Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • New evidence from three studies by the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) on the factors that contribute to high rates of HIV infection in young women in South Africa
  • New analysis of the landmark “ring” trial
  • A series of new PROMISE trial results on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission, and treatment adherence and acceptance among HIV-positive postpartum women
  • New data on a potential new treatment option for women

Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director, Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
  • Jared Baeten, Vice Chair, Global Health, University of Washington
  • Zeda Rosenberg, CEO, International Partnership for Microbicides
  • Judith Currier, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief, Infectious, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Associate Director, UCLA Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Center
  • Lynda Stranix-Chibanda, Paediatrician and Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe-University of California San Francisco Collaborative Research Program
  • Kimberly Smith, Vice President for Global Medical Strategy and Head of Research and Development, ViiV Healthcare


Protecting the Most Vulnerable Populations
Time: 13:30-14:15 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 1

Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • Community perspective on men who have sex with men, transgender individuals, people who inject drugs, and sex workers
  • Full results from one of the largest studies ever conducted among female sex workers on use of HIV prevention and treatment services

 Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Chris Beyrer, AIDS 2016 International Chair, President, International AIDS Society, and Desmond Tutu Professor of Public Health & Human Rights, Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University
  • Frances Cowan, Professor of International Sexual Health and HIV, University College London and Executive Director, Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research Zimbabwe
  • Pye Jakobsson, President, The Global Network of Sex Work Projects
  • Bisi Alimi, Founder, Bisi Alimi Foundation
  • Leigh Ann van der Merwe, Coordinator and Founder, Social, Health And Empowerment Feminist Collective Of Transgender Women Of Africa (SHE)
  • Justice Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa

 

Tuesday, 19 July

HIV Cure Research
Time: 9:30-10:15 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 2

Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • New data to inform the debate on residual virus replication on ART
  • Ongoing insights on the medical intervention that “cured” the Berlin patient
  • Data from two macaques studies on SIV persistence in ART-treated infant rhesus macaques and effector cell activation and trafficking to germinal centers of SIV-infected macaques

 Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Research Director of Exceptional Grade, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and Professor, Institut Pasteur;
  • Sharon Lewin, Co-Chair, IAS Towards an HIV Cure Initiative, and Director, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  • Annemarie Wensing, Virologist, University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Ann Chahroudi, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Barbara Felber, Head, Human Retrovirus Pathogenesis Section, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research 
  • Giorgio Bozzi, National Institutes of Health, HIV Dynamics and Replication Program

Expanding the Impact of PrEP
Time: 11:00-11:45 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 2

  Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • National analysis of PrEP use among U.S. adults, by geography, age, and gender
  • New data from the first trial of PrEP use and adherence among adolescents in South Africa
  • Results from a PrEP demonstration project among young gay and bisexual men in the U.S.
  • Final results from the Partners Demonstration Project examining the effectiveness of combined use of treatment and PrEP among serodiscordant couples in Africa

 Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Linda-Gail Bekker, President-Elect, International AIDS Society, Deputy Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, and COO, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
  • Scott McCallister, Clinical Research, Gilead Sciences
  • Katherine Gill, Medical Officer, The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre
  • Sybil Hosek, Clinical Psychologist, Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Jared Baeten, Vice Chair, Global Health, University of Washington

Ongoing Search for a Vaccine
Time: 14:30-15:15 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 2

  Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • Highlighting latest progress towards an effective HIV vaccine
  • First presentation of results from HVTN100, the early stage vaccine trial that paved the way for the upcoming launch of a large-scale clinical trial of the vaccine in Southern Africa and the U.S.

 Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Carl W. Dieffenbach, Director, Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Linda-Gail Bekker, President-Elect, International AIDS Society, Deputy Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, and COO, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
  • Larry Corey, President and Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

 

Wednesday, 20 July

Scaling up HIV Treatment in the Developing World
Time: 13:00-13:45 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 2

  Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • First time data on an emerging cohort of children born with HIV and now reaching adolescence
  • Results from the SEARCH test and treat study in Uganda and Kenya on efforts to reach 90-90-90 viral suppression targets
  • New data from the REALITY trial on reducing death among severely immunodepressed adults and children
  • Analysis of the effectiveness of a combination strategy for linkage to and retention in HIV care in Swaziland

 Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Anton Pozniak, Treasurer, International AIDS Society, and HIV Service Director and TB Service Lead, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sharonann Lynch, HIV/TB Policy Advisor, Doctors Without Borders
  • Mhairi Maskew, Senior Researcher; Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Maya L. Petersen, Associate Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
  • James Hakim, Professor of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe-University of California San Francisco Collaborative Research Program
  • Margaret McNairy, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

 

Thursday, 21 July

Adolescents and HIV
Time: 14:30-15:15 (South African Standard Time)
Location: Press Conference Room 2

  Featured abstracts/presentations:

  • Overview of the unique risks facing a growing population of young people in sub-Saharan Africa and innovative programs developed to address their needs and urgent need for more intensified action
  • Detailed overview of PEPFAR DREAMS initiative

 Speakers include:

  • Press Conference Chair: Linda-Gail Bekker, President-Elect, International AIDS Society, Deputy Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, and COO, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
  • Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
  • Carlo Oliveras, Programme Coordinator, Adolescent HIV Treatment Coalition, CIPHER.
  • Juliana Odindo, Advocacy Officer, International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa

 

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