UNC research to be featured at world’s largest AIDS conference

Carolina is home to one of the nation’s highest ranked HIV/AIDS programs, with dozens of researchers working toward new prevention strategies, reducing stigma and finding a cure in the global fight against AIDS. Their expertise and wide-ranging findings will be showcased at the XIX International AIDS Conference, July 22-27 in Washington, D.C.

Research from every corner of the UNC campus will be represented at this global conference, “Turning the Tide Together.” The conference attracts delegates from nearly 200 countries every year, including 20,000 to 25,000 scientists, policymakers and others committed to ending one of the greatest infectious disease challenges of this century.

This year, all five health affairs schools, as well as the schools of social work and journalism and mass communication, will be represented at the conference with work conducted in more than 10 countries, including the Dominican Republic, China, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.

New data from the landmark HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study, which was named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science, also will be presented in Washington. The study, led by UNC professor Myron Cohen, M.D., previously showed that using certain antiretroviral medications can protect HIV transmission from one partner to another by 96 percent.

“UNC faculty and students from across the campus have once again stepped up to the challenge,” said Charles van der Horst, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the infectious disease fellowship program in the School of Medicine. “With more than 100 abstracts, they are presenting the results of research studies and implementation of new care models in a plethora of papers on all aspects of the AIDS pandemic.”

Read more about UNC’s presenters and their research.

Read the complete list of UNC abstracts.

Read the full conference program.

Published July 20, 2012.