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07 March 2013

Remarkable line-up of plenary speakers to attend 6th SA AIDS Conference

The 6th South African AIDS Conference – takes place in Durban in June and will provide delegates with the most up-to-date and cutting-edge developments in the field.

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The 6th South African AIDS Conference – takes place in Durban in June and will provide delegates with the most up-to-date and cutting-edge developments in the field.

Experts and professionals with extensive knowledge in their field will present at the conference, and must-attend event for anyone involved or associated in the field of HIV and AIDS.

The conference is therefore pleased to announce that a remarkable line-up of speakers will make submissions at the event. Among these is Dr Kevin de Cock, Director, Centre for Global Health at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

Dr De Cock is a pre-eminent figure in the HIV community having most recently served as the Director of CDC Kenya. From 2006 – 2009 he served as Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Department of HIV and AIDS, where he oversaw all of WHO’s work related to HIV and AIDS focusing on initiatives to assist low- and middle-income countries in scaling up their treatment, prevention, care and support programmes. Dr De Cock will be speaking at the conference’s opening ceremony on 18 June.

Another leading academic in the HIV and AIDS field has also confirmed his attendance. Professor Marcus Altfeld is the Director of the Innate Immunity Program at the Ragon Institute of MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital), MIT and Harvard. Professor Altfeld will draw on his considerable experience and knowledge in this field when he delivers a presentation on ‘Innate Immunity: The First Line of Defence’.

We believe these speakers – and the many more we will be presenting to you in the coming months – will contribute to the success of the conference and its continued presence as a respected, relevant and though-provoking forum on HIV and AIDS in South Africa.

Scientists from all fields, clinicians, epidemiologists, social and behavioural, and community workers will attend the conference and all interested person are requested to make submissions.

 
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