The IAS and the Towards an HIV Cure Stakeholder’s Advisory Board organized the fourth annual Towards an HIV Cure Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, on 18 & 19 July 2015, immediately preceding the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention (IAS 2015).
The symposium continued to showcase the latest research in HIV cure, but also provided a platform for presenting the progress of the initiative working groups and creating a fertile setting for dialogue with the broader community, through abstract driven sessions, poster exhibition sessions and roundtable discussions.
The symposium was co-chaired by Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit, Institut Pasteur, France, Steven Deeks, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), United States, and Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Australia.
- Provide an opportunity for scientists who are working on HIV cure to share ideas, debate, and network among their peers;
- Develop knowledge on the priorities that future research must address in order to tackle HIV persistence in patients on ART;
- Accelerate research on viral reservoirs and latency as the way towards achieving a cure for HIV infection;
- Promote increased investments in HIV/AIDS cure research;
- Provide a platform for information-sharing between scientists, clinicians, funders, media and members of civil society.