amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Research, Policy Leaders Gather at amfAR Capitol Hill Conference on Ending AIDS

CAPITOL HILL CONFERENCE
Making AIDS History: Ending the Epidemic
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spearheaded by Senior Medical and Policy Advisor Susan Blumenthal, amfAR’s Public Policy office brought together many of the biggest names in HIV research, policy, and advocacy for a half-day conference that filled the Senate Kennedy Caucus Room to capacity. Speakers and panelists discussed ideas and strategies for halting the epidemic, and Whoopi Goldberg, Cokie Roberts, and Chris Matthews lent their star power to help focus the day’s message: ending the AIDS epidemic.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with Reps Barbara Lee (D-CA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Jim Himes (D-CT), as well as Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) all made appearances to strongly voice their continued support for amfAR and the fight against AIDS.

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
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Cokie Roberts, Black Institute for AIDS Founder and Executive Director Phill Wilson, and POZ Editor-in-Chief and amfAR board member Regan Hoffman
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Whoopi Goldberg and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole
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Chris Matthews and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci
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Cokie Roberts and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole
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amfAR Vice President and Director of Public Policy Chris Collins, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Chris Matthews, amfAR Senior Medical and Policy Advisor Susan Blumenthal, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole

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Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, interviews Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

 

The amfAR Capitol Hill Conference:

  • Observed the 30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS
  • Marked the progress that has been made in the fight against the disease
  • Highlighted groundbreaking new research and evidence based policies
  • Presented a roadmap for ending the epidemic

Participants included:

  • Melody Barnes, JD, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Senior Policy and Medical Advisor, amfAR; Former Asst. Surgeon General of the United States and Rear Admiral (ret.) USPHS
  • Marvelyn Brown, activist
  • Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010
  • Kenneth Cole, Chairman, amfAR
  • Chris Collins, MPP, VP and Director of Public Policy, amfAR
  • Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member, HELP Committee
  • Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner
  • Eric Goosby, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Dept. of State
  • Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
  • Regan Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief, POZ Magazine
  • Rep. Jim Himes, D-CT
  • Harold Jaffe, MD, MA, Associate Director for Science, CDC
  • Michel Kazatchkine, MD, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • David Kuria, Executive Director, Gay Kenya Trust
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
  • Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY
  • Chris Matthews, Host, MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, NPR; Commentator, ABC News
  • Bernhard Schwartlander, MD, PhD, Director for Evidence, Strategy, and Results, UNAIDS
  • Rajiv Shah, MD, MSc, Administrator, USAID
  • Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA
  • Phill Wilson, Founder and Executive Director, Black AIDS Institute