February 10, 2017
The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) kicks off next week in Seattle. This year’s program covers a range of topics of interest to advocates including new data on basic science, a look at clinical trial design, planning to end the epidemic in New York, applying good participatory practices in research, understanding HIV and substance use and more.
Whether you’re en route to Seattle for the four-day meeting or following the proceedings from your favorite wifi-enabled device, this update is for you. Read on to learn more!
A few events are at the top of our list.
On Sunday, AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition, AVAC, DefeatHIV,European AIDS Treatment Group, Project Inform and Treatment Action Group are sponsoring a day-long community cure workshop. The workshop brings together educators and advocates interested in learning about HIV cure research. Attendees spend half of the day hearing from leading researchers about developments in the HIV cure field followed by a strategy session dedicated to developing and increasing advocacy around those topics. The community event is open to all but is nearing capacity. Please be in touch if you are interested in attending.
Monday’s agenda includes the Martin Delaney Presentation (12:15pm in Room 6AB), held in honor of the late HIV activist Martin Delaney. This year’s lecture will focus on Good Participatory Practice Guidelines (GPP) and include presentations from AVAC staff and partners. Through a series of discussions, presentations and feedback from participants, this panel will provide global highlights of GPP and build awareness around their significance in the research process. Please be sure to add it to your Seattle agenda!
And please join fellow advocates and activists on Wednesday night for a community reception, 6-9pm at Tap House. Download the flyer for more information.
CROI also offers excellent webcast coverage, including live reports of the press conferences (press conference schedule available here), as well as taped playbacks. Electronic posters will be available a week after the conference and webcasts of the sessions will be archived online. Visit their electronics materials page for more.
As in years past, Medscape and aidsmap will be covering the conference with their excellent in-depth reporting across a range of research areas, including HIV prevention. And you can follow all the latest on Twitter at #CROI2017 where AVAC and others will be tweeting the latest data in 140 characters or less.
As always, please be in touch with any questions, and we look forward to seeing some of you in Seattle—and working with all of you post-CROI to plot what’s next!