amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

TREAT Asia's 14th Annual Network Meeting

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Over 100 clinicians and researchers assembled for the 2014 network meeting.

The 2014 TREAT Asia Annual Network Meeting took place October 8–12 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The meeting provides an opportunity for TREAT Asia’s adult and pediatric network clinicians, researchers, and other partners to come together to discuss the accomplishments and challenges of the past year, and the programmatic objectives for the year to come. “Our main goals are to engage with our regional investigators and collectively consider our progress as a research network,” said Dr. Annette Sohn, amfAR vice president and director of TREAT Asia.

This year, over 100 participants assembled for a five-day program that included sessions on TREAT Asia’s adult (TAHOD) and pediatric (TApHOD) cohort databases; hepatitis C screening and treatment studies (LINK); a pediatric treatment failure and resistance study (LINK); an audio computer-assisted survey (LINK) to evaluate behavioral risk factors, stigma, and treatment adherence among HIV-positive adolescents; and the TREAT Asia network as a whole, including its advocacy and educational programs.

The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, which serves as the network’s main data management and biostatistics center, provided analytic updates on recent and current studies. Additional participants included representatives from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, ViiV Healthcare, Merck and Co., and Abbott Molecular—all research sponsors and partners for TREAT Asia’s work in the Asia-Pacific region.

Research priorities identified for 2015 include studying non-communicable diseases among people aging with HIV and how to best transition HIV-positive adolescents from pediatric to adult care. “TREAT Asia has developed an outstanding model for regional cooperation and collaboration that is improving treatment and care for adults and children living across Asia and the Pacific region,” said Dr. Mervyn Silverman, a longtime member of amfAR’s board of trustees, who has attended 13 of the past 14 TREAT Asia network meetings. “This meeting clearly demonstrates how well dedicated professionals from countries with different cultures, economies, and governments can work in concert for a common purpose.”

View images from the meeting below.