The NIH Observes World AIDS Day
Scientists, HIV advocates, and members of the public are invited to observe the 2018 World AIDS Day at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This year’s observance titled More Than Three Decades: Inspiring HIV Discoveries Through Basic Science Research will be hosted by the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) and will bring together scientists from different fields to discuss the role of basic science in research to prevent, treat, and cure HIV.
When: Friday, November 30, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: National Library of Medicine at the NIH
Lister Hill Auditorium
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Building 38
Bethesda, MD 20894
Speakers include Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., director of the National Library of Medicine; Lawrence CoreyExit Disclaimer, M.D., president and director emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D., director of the OAR; Carl W. Dieffenbach, PhD., director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; among others.
This year’s event focuses on basic science as it provides the foundation for advancing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Science is an unpredictable process that builds upon past discoveries, often in unexpected ways. Most clinical advances would not be possible without the knowledge gained through basic research.
The event will highlight the NIH’s critical role in advancing HIV/AIDS research, which has helped change the face of the pandemic and move the world closer to an HIV-free generation. Nearly all of the NIH’s 27 Institutes participate in HIV research.
World AIDS Day, held every year on December 1, is dedicated to uniting people worldwide in the fight against HIV. The observance presents an opportunity to show support for people with HIV and remember the 35 million individuals who have died from AIDS-related illness. Since World AIDS Day falls on a Saturday this year, the OAR will hold this event on Friday, November 30.
The Office of AIDS Research coordinates HIV/AIDS research across the NIH. The NIH provides the largest public investment in HIV/AIDS research globally. As HIV crosses nearly every area of medicine and scientific investigation, the response to the HIV pandemic requires a multi-Institute, multidisciplinary, global research program. OAR provides scientific coordination and management of this research program. OAR is located in the Office of the NIH Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives.
The National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.