Plenary 5: SYNCing to End the Epidemics Through Science

SYNCing to end the HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STI, Opioid, and COVID-19 epidemics through science starts with a recognition that the many of the same forces and inequities that drive one epidemic fuel the rest, and that scientific advancements in one field can lead to breakthroughs in another. During the height of the pandemic, advancements in COVID-19 vaccine research advanced at a stunning pace. These advancements were expedited, in part, by the groundwork laid by more than 30 years of HIV vaccine research.

This plenary will look at the latest in scientific advances in prevention and treatment research. Speakers will provide diverse perspectives on the state of the field today, including opportunities, obstacles ahead, and priorities for actions moving forward.


Myron Cohen, Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases/HIV Prevention Trials Network

Lawrence Corey, Fred Hutchinson Center Cancer Institute / HIV Vaccine Trials Network

Wafaa El-Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia University / HIV Prevention Trials Network

Gregorio Millett, Vice President and Director, Public Policy, AmFAR

Steven Shoptaw, University of California, Los Angeles

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