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August 29, 2012

Dear Advocate,

This update contains information on two webinars designed to help advocates prepare for the upcoming AIDS Vaccine 2012 conference taking place September 9-12 in Boston. This update also includes information on community events at the conference and details on how to follow the conference on the web.

Upcoming Webinars
Join us for a webinar to help orient advocates to the major issues in AIDS vaccine research that will be discussed at AIDS Vaccine 2012. This webinar is appropriate for all advocates, whether attending the conference or not. The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 6th at 10am US Eastern—check www.timeanddate.com for the time in your area. It will feature leaders in the field who will provide updates on ongoing and planned efficacy trials along with a review of the science behind neutralizing antibody research. For background on each of these issues check out AVAC’s fact sheet series, AIDS Vaccine Science for Busy Advocates. The webinar will also help orient advocates to the conference program—this section is also useful to advocates who want to follow the conference remotely, since the majority of sessions will be webcast.

Register for the webinar here.

Also of interest, our partners at Be the Generation Bridge invite you to a webinar on the basics of clinical research, its processes and principles. Russell Campbell of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination will present at 3pm Eastern on Wednesday, September 5. There will be time for questions. Dial in at 1-877-668-4493; access code: 666 794 485. Use the meeting password: BTGBwebinar. A recording will be made available at www.avac.org/past-events.

Conference Details
If you are in the Boston area on Sunday morning, September 9, we hope that you will join the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, AVAC and partners for a joint community and journalist satellite session, “HIV Vaccine Efficacy Trials: What does it take?”. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss advances in the field, ask questions of the researchers leading this work and network with fellow advocates. Please e-mail us at avac@avac.org, if you plan on attending.

We also encourage community advocates attending the conference to participate in networking lunches planned by the conference organizers, where community representatives and young and early-career investigators will have a chance to network with senior researchers in the field. Lunches will take place in the conference center, BCEC Level 2, Room 259AB on Monday and Tuesday during the lunch break.

For information on the range of sessions planned for the conference, check out the full program here. Each of the sessions in the conference program will be webcast within 24 hours of the scheduled session—check out the conference website or the AVAC Facebook page, which will both be updated with webcasts as they become available.

In addition to session webcasts, you can follow the conference proceedings on Twitter as AVAC and others will be tweeting real-time updates (follow AVAC @hivpxresearch and/or #aidsvax2012).

In the weeks after the conference, we’ll provide an update with our take on key developments in the field (visit www.avac.org/prevention-option/aids-vaccines for more on AIDS vaccine research). If there’s an issue of particular interest to you or research that you’d like to learn more about, please let us know by e-mailing avac@avac.org.

Best,
AVAC






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