The International Symposium on Natural Immunity to HIV

November 15 - 17, 2009

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the University of Manitoba, the International Centre for Diseases hosted a worldwide event that brought together top researchers from around the world to share research and form collaborations.

HIV/AIDS research groups have repeatedly encountered individuals who are immune to infection, even after repeated exposure. Their natural immunity could be the basis of an HIV/AIDS vaccine, but progress has been slowed by small sample sizes and a lack of a common research framework.

The International Symposium on Natural Immunity to HIV had two goals: First, to bring together 100 leaders in HIV/AIDS from around the world to share their research findings, including these researchers, key stakeholders and thought leaders in immunology, genetics, and systems biology.

Second, in order to maximize the long-term benefits and impact of the symposium, we will seek to create a consortium that will develop a framework for assembling and correlating the existing data. The consortium will also drive and support new and expanded international research activities to build scientific knowledge that will inform the development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine.