This meeting aims to explore the
specificities of the European Union strategy for research on HIV/AIDS,
especially in terms of:
- collaborative research for results-oriented and innovative European
- partnerships with sub-Saharan African countries
- European Union transnational and international collaboration
The AIDS virus is a world wide health problem and has far-reaching
implications with an enormous medical, social and economic dimension.
According to the United Nations Aids Organisation, there are an
estimated 40 million people around the world currently living with
the HIV/AIDS virus.
The event will provide participating media with a unique opportunity
to gauge the breadth and depth of outstanding the issues at stake,
the strategy that funds European Union research initiatives, and
likely ways ahead. International leading experts in the field will
be present to explain the complexity of the HIV/AIDS issue, and
will open the discussion on the crucial place of research in the
fight against the pandemic.
Programme and themes
- Introduction: the field (MSF international); presentation of
a video on the research partners (European Commission)
- European policy for research : what has been done, why some
have failed, what is being done now (Quintana Trias)
- African policies: major societal and scientific issues ; north-south
and south-south collaborations (Mboup)
- Europe & Africa doing research together: basic science and
public health; why working in Africa? (Hoelscher)
- Research in EU Member States: integration of European policies
and national research strategies (Vella)
- The future: orientation of scientific programmes; transnational
and international cooperation (Quintana Trias)
- Debate, questions, interviews (all participants)
24 November 2004 from 9.00 to 10.00 h
European Commission, Rue de la Science 29, 2nd floor, Brussels
- Dr Octavi Quintana Trias (European Commission,
Brussels, BE), Director for Health Research.
He is a Physician, specialising in Critical Care. He was director
of the Regional Hospital of Málaga (Spain), Senior advisor
and then director of International Affairs at the Ministry of Health
of Spain. He is former President of the Steering Committee on Bioethics
of the Council of Europe and former Vice-president of the Science
ethics group of the European Commission. He served as health coordinator
during the humanitarian crisis in Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo.
- Doctors Without Borders
(MSF international, Geneve, CH) - participant to be confirmed.
Founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors, MSF is a non-governmental
organization providing aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics,
and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health
care due to social or geographical isolation. Through longer-term
programs, MSF treats chronic diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria,
sleeping sickness, and AIDS.
- Dr Souleymane Mboup
(Dakar, SN), Univ. of Dakar, Head of the Bacteriology and Virology
MS in biochemistry, PhD in Pharmacy, Professor of microbiology,
colonel in the Senegalese army's medical corps, Dr Mboup is President
of the Senegalese Society of Immunology, the Senegalese Committee
for AIDS Prevention and the African Network of AIDS research. He
is the African representative in the governing council of the International
AIDS Society (IAS), and serves as a consultant on AIDS to the World
Health Organisation (WHO).
- Dr Stefano Vella
(Rome, IT), Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Director for drug
research & evaluation.
He is a Physician and a member of the Italian National AIDS Committee
(Ministry of Health); the IAS-USA panels on Antiretroviral Therapy
for HIV infection and on Drug Resistance; the Council of European
AIDS Clinical Society; the ACTG Research Agenda Committee (NAIDS,
NIH); the Program Coordinating Board of UNAIDS, and of the technical
review panel of the Global Fund. He is Co-Chair of the WHO/UNAIDS/IAS
Consultative Meeting on Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource Poor
Settings, and WHO/ISS/IAS International Consultation on Global Monitoring
of Antiretroviral Resistance. From 2000 to 2002, he was President
of the IAS.
- Dr Michael Hoelscher
(Munich, DE), Univ. of Munich, Infectious diseases & tropical
He is a Physician and the Scientific Director of the Mbeya Medical
Research Programme (MMRP, Tanzania), a unique scientific partnership
between institutions in Africa, Europe and the US. The close interaction
between health prevention and health research is also reflected
in the unique breadth of research lines that the MMRP conducts.
This project received support from the European Commission.
Targeted interviewing opportunities with the
speakers will be available to media. This round table meeting
to host an in-depth discussion will take place from 9:00 until
10:00. However, it will be possible for interested persons
to go on further with questions and interviews.
World Aids Day is on the 1st
of December 2004 (http://www.worldaidsday.org).
For additional information on this
press event, please contact
Dr Pascale Perrin – Communication Officer,
Health Research - Strategy and policy, Directorate-General
for Research, European Commission
Tel: +32 2 296 74 01; Fax: +32 2 299 58 88; E-mail: Pascale.Perrin@ec.europa.eu
For additional information on the AIDS
related topics, please contact
Dr. Arnd Hoeveler – Head of Unit “Confronting
the major communicable diseases linked to poverty”,
Directorate-General for Research, European Commission
Tel: +32 2 295 68 01; Fax: +32 2 299 4561; E-mail: Arnd.Hoeveler@ec.europa.eu
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