International AIDS Society announces Dr Annette Sohn as new JIAS Editor-in-Chief

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15 March 2018 (Geneva, Switzerland) – The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced today that Dr Annette Sohn is a new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS).

Dr Sohn is a Vice President of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and the Director of amfAR’s TREAT (Therapeutics Research, Education and AIDS Training) Asia programme in Bangkok, Thailand. TREAT Asia is a collaborative network of clinics, hospitals and research institutions working with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV treatments to adults and children across the Asia-Pacific region through research, education, community advocacy and policy. Dr Sohn’s own research focuses on long-term treatment outcomes of children and adolescents living with HIV.

“Dr Sohn is a highly esteemed clinician and researcher whose work in paediatric HIV is incredibly vital to the field,” IAS President Linda-Gail Bekker said. “She also brings expertise in bridging research, with clinical training, community outreach and advocacy that will no doubt reflect upon and strengthen future JIAS scholarship. This is a greatly welcomed addition to the team.”

Since its establishment in 2001, TREAT Asia has served as a distinctive model for regional collaboration, bringing together researchers, clinicians, community advocates and policymakers to make the case for evidenced-based HIV responses in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“I am honoured to be joining the editorial team at JIAS,” Dr Sohn said. “The field of HIV research is constantly expanding with innovative studies that bring us closer to ending the global epidemic. I look forward to helping expand a knowledge base that has the potential to benefit millions of lives worldwide.”

Dr Sohn is also currently a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis, the Global Validation Advisory Committee on Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis, and the Program Committee of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

She chairs the Executive Committee of the National Institutes of Health-funded International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS global cohort consortium and co-chairs the Asia Pacific AIDS and Co-Infections Conference. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Sohn graduated from Wellesley College and the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed her paediatrics residency and fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. She was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr Sohn joins Professor Kenneth Mayer and Professor Susan Kippax as the team of highly regarded co-Editors-in-Chief of JIAS.


About the International AIDS Society
The mission of the International AIDS Society (IAS) is to lead collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority and convening power. Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global response to HIV. Together, we advocate and drive urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV. For more information, visit

About the Journal of the International AIDS Society
Founded in 2004, the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is an open-access, PubMed-indexed and Medline-indexed journal. The journal’s primary purpose is to provide an open-access platform for the generation and dissemination of evidence from a wide range of HIV-related disciplines, encouraging research from low- and middle-income countries. JIAS aims to strengthen capacity and empower less experienced researchers from resource-limited countries. For more information, click here.

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