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From the Saint Martin HIV Reservoirs Workshop to the Vienna International AIDS Society HIV Reservoirs Workshop back to the Saint Martin HIV reservoirs workshop!
HIV Reservoirs Workshop
From 2003 to 2009 we have organized in Saint Martin the Reference Workshop on HIV Reservoirs, HIV Persistence and HIV Eradication Strategies. Every 2 year in December, this HIV workshop has attracted researchers and clinicians from all around the world involved in HIV reservoirs research. Since its beginning, the HIV reservoir workshop principles were to bring together scientists working in different areas, from the fundamental basic science laboratories to the clinical care departments, the so called ‘bench to bedside' approach. Consequently, only Doctors having submitted an abstract to the HIV reservoir workshop were allowed to sign up.
Towards a Cure IAS HIV Reservoirs Workshop
Mid 2010, we were pleased to participate to the First International AIDS Society (IAS) HIV Reservoirs pre-conference workshop in Vienna. The format was quite the same, although participants of the IAS HIV Reservoirs workshop were on invitation only. There was also a Professional Development Workshop that took place during the IAS World AIDS Conference the following week.IAS involvement in the field of HIV reservoirs is, for us, a proof of the importance of the topic of HIV reservoirs and a recognition of the difficult work we did. Actually, when we launched the First Saint Martin HIV reservoirs workshop in 2003 we felt quite alone (a ‘handful' of researchers) as agencies and firms were not that much interested by the topic!
HIV Workshop in Saint Martin in December 2011
Research is now moving quickly in the HIV reservoirs field. For about 2 years, HIV cure is no longer a forbidden word and several groups try to get a ‘functional cure', allowing a drug-free HIV remission.
Consequently, we are eagerly waiting the 5th edition of the HIV Reservoirs Saint Martin workshop in December 2011; once again, we will invest all our energy to make this event the scientific reference on HIV reservoirs.
About us: HIV Persistence and Reservoirs Workshop, Saint Martin, West Indies