The monthly AIDS Clinical Conference is designed to increase the knowledge of healthcare practitioners about HIV/AIDS. Speakers at the conferences are leaders in the fields of research and treatment for HIV/AIDS. Conference attendees gain cutting-edge knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS conditions.
The Harborview Medical Center AIDS Clinical Conference is one of the longest running clinical HIV conferences in the United States. Drs Joan Kreiss and Ann Collier established the conference in the mid-1980s shortly after HIV was identified and the scope of the epidemic was not yet in focus. Over the last 20 years literally hundreds of speakers from around the country and the world have delivered lectures on a wide variety of HIV topics from prevention and vaccine research to antiretroviral therapy, drug resistance and the adverse effects of HIV treatment.
The conference is extremely popular among regional HIV providers, University of Washington faculty, housestaff and students and local public health officials and typically hosts between 50 and 100 attendees. The conference is sponsored by the Harborview Madison Clinic (the largest provider of HIV care in the Northwest) and the University of Washington Center for AIDS Research and the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center.
The objectives of the HMC ACC are to:
- Educate regional HIV providers, students and investigators on the latest therapies and research findings reported in the literature and presented at scientific meetings;
- Provide a venue where regional HIV providers and the HIV research community can congregate to discuss newly recognized trends in HIV disease and treatment;
- Provide a forum for local HIV providers and researchers to interact with international colleagues with the goal of fostering collaborative HIV research and training projects.
For more information and a detailed schedule, please see the ACC website: http://depts.washington.edu/nwaetc/resources/acc.html .
The Clinical and Retrovirology Research Core  supports the AIDS Clinical Conference lecture series by providing guidance in the selection of topics and speakers and assisting the lecture series organizers in confirming the participation of lecturers.