2016 Towards an HIV Cure Symposium
16 & 17 July 2016

  • Symposium
  • Programme Committee

The IAS and the Towards an HIV Cure Stakeholder’s Advisory Board organized the fifth annual Towards an HIV Cure Symposium in Durban, South Africa on 16 & 17 July 2016, immediately preceding the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016).

The symposium continued to showcase the latest research in HIV cure, aligned with the research priorities outlined in the 2016 Global Scientific Strategy, 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 be co-chaired by Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Dr. Steven Deeks, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Prof. Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne.

Symposium Objectives

  • 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.

2016 Symposium Programme Committee

Scientific Coordination

  • Anna Laura Ross

Symposium Logistics

  • Rosanne Lamplough


The scientific program of 2016 Towards an HIV Cure Symposium has been reviewed by the American Medical Association and approved for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. One credit may be claimed for each hour of participation in approved sessions.

All relevant disclosures of financial relationships with commercial entities have been provided by the programme faculty and can be accessed here.



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