International AIDS Society and Kaiser Family Foundation Partner to Provide Comprehensive Online Coverage of 4th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention
Webcasts and Podcasts of Sessions and Interviews from Sydney Expected to Reach Thousands around the World
June 11, 2007 - Menlo Park, CA and Geneva, Switzerland - The International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Kaiser Family Foundation today announced a partnership to provide worldwide online access to the 4th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2007) in Sydney, Australia, 22-25 July 2007. Held every two years, the conference unites scientists, clinicians, public health experts and community leaders to examine the latest developments in HIV-related research, and to explore how scientific advances can inform the global response to HIV/AIDS.
Kaiser -- an independent operating foundation based in Menlo Park, Calif., USA -- will be the Official Webcaster for IAS 2007, allowing those who can not attend in person to follow conference developments on kaisernetwork.org, a free online health news and information service operated by the Foundation (www.kaisernetwork.org/ias2007).
"We are delighted to again partner with the Kaiser Family Foundation to expand the reach of the IAS 2007 conference," said IAS executive director, Craig McClure. "Thanks to our lasting partnership with Kaiser, those who are unable to join us in person will be able to view webcasts, podcasts and first person interviews from Sydney. It's the next best thing to being there."
"Our goal is to bring this important conference to interested people around the world who can not attend," said Drew E. Altman, Ph.D., Kaiser President and CEO. "Whether it's a podcast downloaded by a researcher in South Africa, a webcast watched by a NGO worker in China or a transcript used by journalists in NY and Nigeria, each year, we hear from more and more people who benefit from being able to follow the conference online, while it is happening."
Kaiser, working in collaboration with the IAS and its local partner, the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), will provide free, online access to the conference proceedings. Daily coverage will include:
Webcasts of the opening and closing sessions, all plenary sessions, and selected other sessions and press conferences;
Expedited transcriptions of select sessions;
Slide presentations from select conference sessions;
Podcasts of select sessions;
A free Daily Update email providing direct access to the latest coverage (signup here);
News summaries from international media in the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report;
Interviews with newsmakers on the ground in Sydney to summarize conference developments; and
Promotion of the conference and online coverage to communities, media, policymakers, scientists, and caregivers around the world, with a particular focus on those who lack the means to attend the conference in person.
The goals of the partnership are to:
Raise global awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the scientific and preventative efforts to address it;
Expand the reach of the conference by giving communities in the developed and developing world virtual access to the proceedings and information and tools to fight the epidemic; and
Extend the content and advances generated by the conference by making the information easily accessible online during the conference and afterwards.
Kaisernetwork.org provided special coverage of previous IAS Conferences on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rio in 2005 and Paris in 2003 as well as previous International AIDS Conferences in 2006, 2004 and 2002. Past coverage was syndicated online by more than 200 partners annually and used by a number of major media outlets.
More information about the 4th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, including the latest program details, is available at www.ias2007.org.
About the Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on major health care issues. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community and the general public. Information on the Foundation's HIV/AIDS policy work, journalism training programs and media partnerships to educate the public about HIV is available at www.kff.org; daily news summary reports, webcasts, and other online content on developments in HIV/AIDS are available on www.kaisernetwork.org; news and information about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are available in six languages on www.GlobalHealthReporting.org, and country-level facts and data are available at www.GlobalHealthFacts.org.
About the IAS
Based in Geneva, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals, with more than 10,000 members from 171 countries. The IAS is the organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention and is custodian and lead organizer of the biennial International AIDS Conference (to be held in Mexico City in August 2008). Other IAS initiatives include the Industry Liaison Forum (ILF), focused on removing barriers to investment in research in resource-limited nations, and the electronic Journal of the International AIDS Society (eJIAS), a web-based medical journal dedicated to the dissemination of HIV/AIDS research conducted in developing countries. The prestigious scientific journal AIDS is the official journal of the International AIDS Society.
For further information contact:
Robin Sidel, Kaiser Family Foundation
Washington, DC, USA
Karen Bennett, International AIDS Society
Telephone: +41 22 710 0832
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