10 April 2012 (Sydney, Australia) The Honorable Tanya Plibersek MP, Australia's Federal Minister for Health, will speak at the opening ceremony of the 2012 International Microbicides Conference in Sydney this Sunday. Ms. Plibersek will address an audience of preeminent international scientists in the biomedical HIV prevention field, as well as advocates from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. The speech will take place at 6:00pm at the Parkside Auditorium of the Sydney Exhibition and Conference Centre located on the Darling Harbour waterfront on Sunday 15 April.
The biennial International Microbicides Conference is the premier gathering for those working on new approaches to HIV prevention and this year's conference in Sydney, Australia will place a strong emphasis on the role of community in both research and implementation of scientific findings.
The conference press briefing schedule is as follows:
MONDAY, 16 April
1030AM-1100AM: Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Director of CAPRISA – Centre for the AIDS Program of Research, South Africa – MEDIA ROOM 1
330PM-400PM: Oral PrEP, a summary of trials conducted and what's ahead. Connie Celum, Professor of Global Health and Medicine at University of Washington, USA and Kenneth Mayer, Medical Research Director, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute- MEDIA ROOM 1
TUESDAY, 17 April
1030AM-11AM: Ms Milly Katana (MPH, MA, MBA), Public Health Specialist, John Snow Incorporated, Uganda - MEDIA ROOM 1
330PM-400PM: Rectal microbicides, an overview. Ian McGowan, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., co-principal investigator of the University of Pittsburgh-based Microbicide Trials Network and Jim Pickett, Executive Director of the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates – MEDIA ROOM 1
WEDNESDAY, 18 April
1030AM-1100AM: Dr Debrework Zewdie, Deputy Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Switzerland
330PM-400PM: HIV and hormonal contraceptives and multi-prevention technologies. Gustavo Doncel, M.D. Deputy Director, Preclinical Research CONRAD and Henry Gabelnick, Ph.D, Executive Director CONRAD
500PM: Omolulu Falobi Award, Parkside Auditorium
510PM: Lifetime Achievement Award, Parkside Auditirium
In addition, video interviews with the speakers and other multi media materials will be available on the conference website.
Complimentary registration is extended to all accredited journalists on a space-available basis. To take advantage of this, reporters wishing to attend the M 2012 must apply for media credentials and register to attend the conference in advance. To register, please visit this url: http://microbicides2012.org/default2.asp?active_page_id=199
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