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Understanding HIV/AIDS for Accurate News Reporting


Media who attend this webinar will learn more about: 

  • A brief history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

  • What regions are most affected by HIV/AIDS, areas with an uptick in reported cases and the reasons for regional disparities

  • How countries respond to the epidemic and the most effective tactics being used in the fight against HIV and AIDS

  • Why the current approach to confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic is drawing criticism; who are those critics and what is their impact on prevention and treatment options

  • What treatments are available now and in the future

  • Which sources of information are most reliable for journalists reporting on HIV and AIDS

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Dr. Marlène Bras
Executive Editor
Journal of the International AIDS Society

Dr Marlène Bras completed her PhD degree in 2006 at the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France) where she studied the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She later worked as a post-doctorate fellow at the Biochemistry department of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), studying the negative regulation of the immune system. Between 2009 and 2013; she worked in the Antiviral Immunity, Biotherapy and Vaccines unit at the Pasteur Institute as a Research Scientist. Her research focused on the impact of HIV-1 on NK-pDC crosstalk, and the consequences on both viral innate immunity and cell death induction. Marlène Bras became Managing Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society in 2014 and Executive Editor in 2016.

Dr. Kenneth Mayer
co-Editor in Chief
Journal of the International AIDS Society

Dr. Kenneth Mayer trained in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital (1977-80) and in Infectious Diseases and Molecular Epidemiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1980-83). As the founding Medical Research Director of Fenway Health, he created a community health research program that has developed an international reputation for its capability to conduct community-based research. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor in Global Health and Population at the Harvard TC Chan School of Public Health, and Attending Physician and Director of HIV Prevention Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Starting in 1994, he has been a Principal Investigator of NIH-funded HTVN, HPTN, MTN, and ATN clinical trials units, focusing on bio-behavioral HIV prevention research. He has co-authored more than 800 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored the first text on AIDS for the general public and has co-edited 5 academic texts. He has served on the national boards of amfAR, HIVMA, and GLMA, was a member of the CDC/HRSA HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, and is currently an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, and serves on the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board.

Annette Sohn
co-Editor in Chief
Journal of the International AIDS Society

Dr. Annette Sohn is the Director of TREAT Asia and a Vice President of amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research ( She is based in Bangkok, Thailand, where she oversees the implementation of TREAT Asia’s portfolio of HIV research, education and training, and community advocacy and policy activities. Research is conducted in collaboration with a network of adult and pediatric clinical sites in 14 countries and territories across the region that are part of the US National Institutes of Health’s International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) global cohort consortium ( Her own research focuses on long-term treatment outcomes of children and adolescents, and transitions from pediatric to adult HIV care. She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis (STAC HIV-HEP) and Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC) on Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis. She joined the Journal of the International AIDS Society as a co-Editor-in-Chief in March 2018. Dr. Sohn is a graduate of Wellesley College, received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and did her general pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases sub-specialty training at the University of California, San Francisco. She retains an appointment as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.