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HIV & Opioids: Crisis in Indiana, Boston, and Beyond

Drug syringe with blood

World AIDS Day Symposium

Thursday, December 1, 2016
8:00 – 9:30 am • Coffee & Breakfast Provided
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health • Kresge G2

In 2015, experts were caught off guard when an HIV epidemic exploded in a rural Indiana town. Prescription painkillers were being ground up and injected, often with shared needles, an easy route for HIV transmission.

The U.S. is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,379 people died of an overdose in Massachusetts last year. The threat of another HIV outbreak among injection drug users looms, not only in the U.S., but around the world. The symposium will address the current opioid crisis and ways to limit or prevent future HIV outbreaks.

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CROI 2016

CROI 2016

CROI, the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, brings together top scientists, clinicians, and policy makers from around the world to discuss the latest studies and developments in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. This year’s meeting is being held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Webcasts, abstracts, electronic posters, and other electronic resources are available online.

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CROI 2014

CROI 2014 Header

The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is a scientifically focused meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications. The goal of CROI is to provide a forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against the AIDS epidemic. Over 4,000 leading researchers and clinicians from around the world will in Boston for the 21th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Continue reading

The Botswana Tumor Board: Medical Expertise to Africa for the Price of a Phone Call

Tumor Board meeting at the Botswana Harvard Partnership, photo by Vusi Ndaba
Tumor Board meeting at the Botswana Harvard Partnership, photo by Vusi Ndaba

The 39-year-old woman, vomiting and with severe abdominal pain, was admitted to the Emergency Room at a Botswana hospital. Prior to her arrival, she hadn’t been eating well and had lost a lot of weight. She had never been tested for HIV.

These facts were presented a few months later at the Botswana-Harvard Tumor Board meeting, held concurrently in a conference room at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) in Gaborone, Botswana, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. It was a challenge to connect the audio-visual feed between rooms 7,000 miles apart, but soon both groups were looking at the same pathology images.

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CROI 2011

CROI 2011

 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Over 4,000 leading researchers and clinicians from around the world will convene in Boston for the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The aim of the conference is to help people who are working on relevant HIV/AIDS research – whether in laboratories or in healthcare settings – to share their findings and experiences. Continue reading