By John S. James
Today the most complete information on upcoming conferences is available on the Web. Instead of duplicating the work of others by maintaining our own list of meetings, we provide links to other organizations which are already doing so; you can reach these links through the AIDS Treatment News site, www.aidsnews.org .
In mid-August we went through those lists and other information, and selected some of the most important conferences and meetings to bring to our readers' attention:
August 29-September 1, 1999, National HIV Prevention
Conference, Atlanta, Georgia,
August 28-September 2, 1999, 1999 Meeting of the Institute
of Human Virology, Baltimore, Maryland,
September 1-5, 1999, 2nd Conference on Global Strategies
for the Prevention of HIV Transmission from Mothers to
Infants, Montreal, Canada,
September 5-6, 1999, Advances in Pediatric AIDS, Montreal,
September 8-10, 1999, 1st International Congress on
Cytokines and Chemokines in Infectious Diseases, Bethesda,
September 26-29, 39th ICAAC (Interscience Conference on
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy), San Francisco,
October 7-10, 1999, International Symposium on Growth
Hormone in Immune Reconstitution, St. Petersburg Beach,
October 9-12, 1999, 1999 National Conference on Women and
HIV/AIDS, Los Angeles, California,
October 10, 1999, Diagnostic Technologies in the Management
of HIV/AIDS and Other Life-Threatening Coinfectious Diseases,
First International Symposium, Vienna, Austria,
October 11-13, 1999, The Third International Conference on
Healthcare Resource Allocation for HIV/AIDS and Other Life-
Threatening Illnesses, Vienna, Austria,
October 16-17, Lymphoma Patient Education Forum, Manhattan
October 23-27, Seventh European conference on Clinical
Aspects and Treatment of HIV Infection, Lisbon, Portugal,
November 5-8, The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA),
November 12-15, 2nd Canadian HIV/AIDS Skills Building
Symposium: Getting Together, Sharing Together, Learning
Together, Winnipeg, Canada,
November 18-21, 37th Annual Meeting of the Infectious
Diseases Society of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
December 1, 1999, World AIDS Day,
December 1, 1999, AIDS-Associated malignancies: Biology &
Clinical Management, San Francisco, California,
December 2-4, 1999, Comprehensive Review of HIV Management:
Winter Symposium, San Francisco, California,
December 11-14, 1999, National AIDS Treatment Advocates Forum (NATAF), Miami, Florida, www.nmac.org/nataf/default.htm .
January 30-February 2, 2000, 7th Conference on Retroviruses
and Opportunistic Infections, San Francisco, California.
One of the most important conferences on basic and clinical AIDS research. See announcement of dates and deadlines, below.
April 16-21, 2000, 13th International Conference on
Antiviral Research, Baltimore,
May 4-7, 2000, 10th Annual Clinical Care Options for HIV
Symposium, Scottsdale, Arizona,
July 9-14, XIII International AIDS Conference - AIDS 2000,
Durban, South Africa,
October 22-26, 2000, Fifth International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, Glasgow, UK.
April 7-13, 2001, 13th International Conference on
Antiviral Research, Seattle, Washington
July 2002, XIV International Conference on AIDS, Barcelona, Spain.
15th International AIDS Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Retroviruses Conference Dates and Deadlines
Retroconference 2000, the 7th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, will take place January 30 - February 2 in San Francisco. Major dates and deadlines are: Abstract submission, October 5, 1999 (except late breakers); Registration opens for abstract authors, November 12; Registration opens for other researchers and clinicians, November 30; Late breaker abstract deadline, January 5, 2000.
Note: This conference is usually full long before it opens. Researchers and clinicians who do not have abstracts accepted should apply immediately when their registration opens on November 30. Press is handled separately, and usually there are some scholarships for community people. Generally there is no onsite registration for anybody, including press.
United States Conference on AIDS, Nov. 5-8 in Denver
The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), a major skills- building meeting, will take place November 5-8, 1999, in Denver, Colorado. Hotel reservations should be made by October 1, and advance registration by October 8. This conference is sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council.
The 10 conference tracks are: Care and primary care; Executive director leadership; Fundraising and finance; Housing; International issues; Nutrition; Prevention; Public policy; Special issues; and Treatment and research.
For more information, call The United States Conference on AIDS, 202-483-6622x343, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
1999 National Conference on Women and HIV/AIDS, Los Angeles, October 9-12, Scholarship Deadline Sept. 1
The 1999 National Conference on Women and HIV/AIDS, sponsored by the City and the County of Los Angeles, will focus on four tracks: Basic and Clinical Science, Behavioral and Prevention Science, Policy and Public Health, and Programs, Outreach, and Provision of Care. About 3,000 participants are expected to attend.
The preregistration deadline is September 24; there will also be onsite registration on a space-available basis.
At least 300 scholarships are available; the deadline for application is September 1. Scholarships can be used for registration, hotel, air travel, local transportation, and/or childcare.
Growth Hormone Symposium, October 7-10, 1999
Serono Symposia recently announced a 3-day International Symposium on Growth Hormone in Immune Reconstitution, to be held at St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. "Sessions will include: current status of neuroimmunology; role of growth hormone in lymphopoiesis; use of growth hormone to promote immune reconstitution after bone marrow transplantation or in AIDS; and use of growth hormone in the elderly to promote immune function."
"This symposium is designed for physicians interested in a novel approach to treating immune deficiencies and scientists interested in neuroendocrine-immune interactions.
"Speakers at the symposium include 26 physicians and specialists in the areas of immunology and all conditions affected by immune reconstitution."
For registration and other information, call 800-283-8088 and ask for Serono Symposia.
Lymphoma Patient Educational Forum, October 16-17, Manhattan Beach
The 4th Annual Patient Educational Forum on Lymphoma will be hosted by the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America, October 16-17 in Manhattan Beach, California. This meeting is not HIV-specific.
The program appears to be a good one, including: a keynote speech by Wendy Harpham, M.D., author and lymphoma survivor; "What We Know About Lymphoma" by Julie M. Vose, M.D.; "Why Participate in Clinical Trials" by Alexandra Levine, M.D.; practical sessions including health insurance, and side effects of treatment; and disease-specific breakouts (Hodgkin's disease, indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (follicular, low grade), other indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (small lymphocytic, MALT, Waldenstrom's, CLL), aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (diffuse large cell, mixed cell), highly aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (Burkitt's, lymphoblastic), mantle cell lymphoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma); research and treatment news; and sessions on nutrition, and on alternative and complementary treatments for cancer.
Lymphoma is increasing rapidly in the general population, and is much more common in persons with HIV. A study of risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, including medications and lifestyle factors, was published this month in the American Journal Of Epidemiology.
More information about the October program can be found at www.lymphoma.org/pages/edforum.html .
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