amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR Co-Hosts International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Conference


March 19, 2009–amfAR has joined forces with the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care to host the IAPAC ‘09: Unity in Action conference in New Orleans, November 29–December 1, 2009. The conference will be co-chaired by amfAR Senior Policy and Medical Advisor Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal and Dr. Renslow Sherer of the University of Chicago.

Conference Links

The world’s most distinguished researchers, clinicians, and policy experts will be invited to present on topics such as:

  • HIV Clinical Management Challenges
  • Initial ART: Strategic Sequencing for Treatment Optimization
  • Managing CVD Risk in At-Risk, HIV-Positive Individuals
  • Managing Hepatitis in HIV-Coinfected Individuals
  • HIV Prevention Technologies
  • Behavioral Approaches to HIV Prevention
  • Optimizing HIV/AIDS Care in Substance-Using Patients
  • Barriers to HIV/AIDS Care Delivery in Vulnerable Populations

Conference Structure 

IAPAC'09 is primarily an abstract-driven conference, which will feature 64 oral abstract presentations (including late breakers) as well as poster presentations. Abstract-driven sessions will address issues in two tracks: HIV Clinical Management (Track A) and HIV Prevention, Treatment and Psychosocial Support (Track B). Abstract contents will be either research-based data using established scientific methods or demonstrate experience and information from individuals or institutions working in the field.

  • The non-abstract-driven components of IAPAC'09 will address a variety of current viewpoints and issues. These will include a keynote address, the Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture, four (4) plenary presentations, a panel discussion, six (6) interactive case-based sessions, and satellite symposia.


Abstracts are now being accepted for the IAPAC 09 conference. Click here to view submission guidelines and to submit an abstract.

The deadline to submit abstracts is July 31, 2009.

Target Audience

The target audience for this conference includes physicians, pharmacists, physicians in training, nurses, psychologists, social workers, advocates, healthcare alliance coordinators, and allied healthcare professionals in the fields of HIV and AIDS.

Conference Objectives

  • Recognize state-of-the-art approaches to HIV clinical management, including the strategic sequencing of existing antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and the potential advantages of ARV drugs in development over existing ones
  • Manage complications related to or associated with ART, including hepatic, renal, metabolic, and neurological disorders
  • Describe behavioral and therapeutic strategies to maximize the effectiveness of ART, including those that will maximize ART durability, minimize toxicities, and prevent ARV drug resistance
  • Identify the incidence and management of opportunistic infections as well as co-infectious diseases commonly associated with HIV disease, including hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, as well as tuberculosis (TB)
  • Develop prevention strategies and disperse education regarding HIV prevention and psychosocial support interventions for various populations of at-risk and HIV-infected individuals

For more information, please contact Steve Ketchum, IAPAC Director of Programs, at 

Accreditation - Nursing CE

IAPAC 09 is jointly sponsored with the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), an approved provider of continuing education (CE) in nursing through the Virginia Nurses Association, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Nurses' Association.