For the first time in its 40 year history the International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR) is holding its biennial meeting below the equator, not to mention the eastern hemisphere.
Once again the meeting is being held in conjunction with the International Union against STIs (IUSTI, www.iusti.org), ensuring a vibrant event with delegates from around the world. The ISSTDR and IUSTI are the preeminent global bodies dedicated to research into STIs, HIV and sexual health, from basic science through to population health.
The host organisations are the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) and the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM). The meeting will be held back-to-back with the Annual Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, 16-18 September, and discounted combined registration will be available.
Some of the aims of the Congress are to:
- Promote up-and-coming new and outstanding international researchers·
- Ensure a strong basic science track
- Highlight the research that is coming from the Asia-Pacific Region
- Promote research into the sexual health of vulnerable populations; including Indigenous people, ethnic minorities, and sexual/gender minorities
- Attract future researchers to witness the best science in the field of STIs, HIV and sexual health
Some of the themes that are emerging in the program include:
- Challenges and opportunities for STI control programs
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Multipurpose technologies – strategies that simultaneously prevent multiple reproductive health risks; including unwanted pregnancies, STIs and HIV infection
- Rapid diagnostics, point-of-care and home tests
- STIs and maternal-child health outcomes
- Cancer, infection and vaccination
- Research translation into policy and practice
Brisbane is a sophisticated international destination with direct flights to many countries and the gateway to many of the Region’s attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Red Centre. We look forward to seeing you down under in 2015.
Professor Basil Donovan, Chair of the World STI & HIV Congress
2015, President of ISSTDR
Professor David Lewis, Co-Chair of the World STI & HIV Congress 2015, President of IUSTI