Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University together with Ministry of Public health and AFRIMS co-chaired by Assoc. Prof. Pratap Singhasivanon, Prof. Dr. Punnee Pitisuttithum, Dr. Supachai Rerks – Ngram and Dr. Joseph Chiu, had successfully organized 3rd Annual meeting for AIDS vaccine for Asia network a 2 day programme on June 29 – 30th 2010 at Holiday Inn Pattaya which was a follow up meeting of Beijing in 2009.
This meeting was convened to bring together all stakeholders, scientists, experts, Government officials, policy makers, institutions from Asian countries and other collaborating international organization for discussion on regional role and various activities to be undertaken to accelerate the development of region specific HIV Vaccine, was presided by Prof. Napatawn Banchuin, Vice president of Mahidol University, Assoc. Prof. Pratap Singhasivanon Dean Faculty of Tropical Medicine and Dr. Manit Thiratantikanon, Director General of Disease Control Department, Thailand stating the opening remarks.
Over 60 participants from different countries such as Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Phillipines, Switzerland, Vietnam, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, USA, Thailand and representatives from various international organization such as WHO/UNAIDS, GHVE, IAVI, NIH and MHRP attended the meeting. This 2 day programme was structured into workshops on topics in various areas such as Clinical/Regulatory, Community/Ethical issues, Laboratory research and vaccine development including constructs available in the region, Non Human primate research, Young investigators and public - private partnership discussing on the aspects of current activities in the field, Gap/ challenges in the vaccine research in the region and proposing set of activities for AVAN to undertake as short and long term plans. This meeting was possible with the supports from different organizations such as NIH, WHO/UNAIDS, GHVE, IAVI, and MHRP.
Date : July 9, 2010