Putting the I into HIV - World Aids Day UKZN

Leading scientists in HIV/AIDS research discussed the diversity of the HIV epidemic, new scientific evidence and the promising interventions on the horizon to tackle it.

Prof. Rob Slotow, Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, Prof. Alan Whiteside, Prof. Thumbi Ndung'u, Prof. Tulio de Oliveira and Dr. Themba Moeti at the event at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, 26 Nov 2013.

UKZN's College of Health Sciences, Caprisa, K-RITH, Heard, Health Systems Trust and the National Health Laboratory Services commemorated World Aids Day with a panel discussion featuring prominent researchers in the field. Each of these stakeholders have made significant contributions to addressing the worldwide challenges of the epidemic through research that has guided international health policies, the hosting of the National Aids Conference, the improvement of health systems in the country and through building capacity.

The panel discussion, with the theme 'Bringing the 'I' into HIV' focussed on new approaches in developing person-centred interventions to fight the HIV epidemic.

Professor Rob Slotow, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Health Sciences at UKZN,

- Introduction to UKZN's AIDS research

Professor Alan Whiteside, Executive Director of HEARD

- Prevention is key to stop AIDS: We can't treat our way out of the epidemic

Professor Thumbi N'dungu, K-RITH Investigator

- An HIV-1 vaccine is possible

Professor Salim S Abdool Karim, Director of CAPRISA

- Promising HIV/AIDS research and implications for health policy and guidelines

Dr Themba Moeti, CEO of Health Systems Trust

- Reflections on patient and community perspectives of translating research innovations into policy and practice

Professor Tulio de Oliveira, Research Professor: College of Health Sciences

- DNA sequencing and bioinformatics for the study of the explosive HIV epidemic in Southern Africa

Complete report of the event, please visit Putting the I into HIV report at the College of Health Sciences at UKZN

News date: 2013-11-30