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World HIV-day 2004 - The challenges of research against HIV/AIDS

A breakfast round table discussion on 24 November 2004 in Brussels

 

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 projects
  • partnerships with sub-Saharan African countries
  • European Union transnational and international collaboration for vaccines

WHAT?
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)

WHEN?
24 November 2004 from 9.00 to 10.00 h

WHERE?
European Commission, Rue de la Science 29, 2nd floor, Brussels

WHO?
- 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 lab.
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 medicine.
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.

NOTE FOR EDITORS

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

To confirm your attendance, please send e-mail or fax back enclosed form to
Ana Aguilar Morell
– Hill & Knowlton International, working under EC contract for this event
Tel: +32 2 737 95 14; Fax: +32 2 737 95 01; Mobile: +32 476 219 344
E-mail: aaguilar@hillandknowlton.com







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