Women continue to be underrepresented
in clinical trials, and even in studies in which both men and women
participate, systematic analysis of data to identify potential sex-based
differences is lacking. To raise awareness of this issue 20 leading experts and
editors have written a commentary on Gender-sensitive
reporting in medical research for International Women’s Day. The commentary
is published today 8 March 2012 in the Journal of the International AIDS Society
to call for the inclusion of a gender perspective in author guidelines and
Although guidelines exist on
accurate and adequate reporting of randomized clinical trials such as the Consolidated
Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT), they do not address the issue of
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals. It has more than 16,000 members from 196 countries. The IAS is a non-profit organization acting as an independent voice in the global response to AIDS on behalf of its members. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The IAS is the custodian of the world’s premier gathering on HIV and AIDS, the International AIDS Conference, which takes place every two years. In the intervening years the IAS organizes the IAS Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention Conference, a scientific meeting focused on current research and its applicability in the scale-up of prevention and treatment of HIV.
The IAS …
funding opportunity announcements for the new Fogarty HIV Research
Training Programme have been published. The Fogarty HIV Research Training
Programme consolidates the AIDS International Training and Research Programme
(AITRP) and the International Clinical, Operations and Health Services Research
Training Award for AIDS and TB (ICOHRTA TB) for funding in fiscal year
2013. This programme supports training to strengthen the human capacity to
contribute to the ability of the institutions in low- and middle-income
countries (LMIC) to conduct HIV-related in their country and to compete
independently for research funding. See http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups for list of the
countries by income group to determine eligibility.
Fogarty HIV Research Training Programme (http://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/hiv-aids-research-training.aspx) solicits application
under three different Funding Opportunities Announcements (FOAs).
The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) congratulates the scientific journal The Lancet for its decision to encourage researchers to enrol more women into clinical trials and to plan to analyse data by sex as a matter of routine, not only when known to be scientifically appropriate.
The step taken by the Lancet follows scientific evidence showing that men and women experience disease and respond to treatment in different ways. A study published recently by the same journal showed that women who smoke have a higher risk of coronary heart disease and lung cancer than male smokers. Also, in many diseases women have more side-effects from treatment than men, due to differences in body surface areas, body mass …
“Momentum is on our side. Let us use it to end AIDS – once and for all” The U.N. Secretary General
We are now heading into the fourth decade of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and as never before in its history the progress made so far has given us more optimism and hope to say that an AIDS-free generation is possible.
Marking this year’s World AIDS Day, which brings together people from around the globe to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, we are faced however with many challenges ahead. The economic downturn has stretched the AIDS response to the limits and words such as “cost-effectiveness” are gaining greater importance. In his recent plenary talk at the …
The IAS-NIDA fellowship programme was established by the International AIDS Society (IAS) with the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The goal of this fellowship programme is to contribute to advances in the scientific understanding of drug use and HIV while fostering multinational research.
This fellowship programme consists of two types of awards for training: US$75,000 to be awarded to a junior scientist for 18-months post-doctoral training and US$75,000 to be awarded to a well-established HIV researcher for eight-month long …
Become a Mentor and help increase motivation and acceptances of abstracts from developing countries and early-career researchers!
In its fifth year already, the goal of the AIDS 2012 Abstract Mentor Programme is to provide an opportunity for young and/or less experienced researchers from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing to ask for feedback from experienced abstract submitters.
The programme is entirely dependent on volunteer experienced researchers.
An eligible mentor fulfills the following criteria:
· Has had two abstracts accepted at an international scientific conference, and
· Has …
With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the International AIDS Society (IAS) has established a research fellowship programme focusing on HIV and drug use, with the goal of contributing to advances in the scientific understanding of drug use and HIV, while fostering international collaborative research on HIV and drug use.
The fellowship programme is awarded as a stipend of US$75,000 in two categories: to a junior scientist for 18-month post-doctoral training, or to a well-established HIV researcher for an eight-month-long professional development training at leading host institutes excelling in HIV-related drug use research.
The two initial fellowships were awarded at the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment …
HIV is a profoundly social disease, and its causes and consequences are deeply embedded in social, cultural and political processes. With this month’s supplement on “Bridging the social and the biomedical: engaging the social and political sciences in HIV research”, the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) highlights the engagement of the social and political sciences within HIV research and, in particular, ways to maintain a productive relationship between social and biomedical perspectives on HIV.
The issue comprises six articles by leading social scientists, including Barry Adam’s critical analysis of “treatment as prevention”. Kathleen MacQueen reflects on the troubled history of social science in biomedical HIV prevention trials over the last twenty years, …
Call for Papers
Special Issue: Community Action to End
Paediatric HIV Infections
Invitation for abstract submission NOW OPEN
Deadline: 2nd September, 2011
This is a call for abstracts proposing research articles for a special issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society on community actions for ending paediatric AIDS to be published in 2012. The editors invite both conceptual and empirical submissions on models and studies of all four prongs of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), that are primarily implemented by communities or community organizations, and that aim to strengthen political, legal, structural, normative, interpersonal and individual capacities to increase the provision, quality and …