The UW/UCSF-GIVI Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women was a project of the Centers for AIDS Research of the University of Washington and University of California, San Francisco – Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology. The theme for this initial event was “AIDS 2031: Looking Back to Look Forward”, partnering with the aids2031 (www.aids2031.org) group to highlight the need to critically look at the last 25 years of the AIDS epidemic in order to plan the research agenda for women in future years.
Goals of the symposium included:
Th e symposium included keynote and plenary talks, invited research presentations, small group break-out sessions and a panel discussion. Dr. Catherine Hankins, Chief Scientific Advisor to UNAIDS, presented the opening Keynote Speech entitled: Gender, Sex and HIV in the 21st Century: Righting the Imbalance. Dr. Ruth Greenblatt, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at UCSF, started off day two with a Plenary Talk entitled: HIV, A Women's Health Pandemic, covering issues in transmission and women’s reproductive biology, prevention, immunology and treatment.