AIDS: New Response To Global Plague

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"Time to Deliver" is the theme of the 2006 World AIDS Conference, and professor of medicine David Katzenstein, MD, predicts that a more effective response to the global pandemic will start to emerge in August at this biannual gathering. Indeed, he said that he expected to see recent advances in the treatment and prevention of AIDS being integrated into a comprehensive strategy to combat the disease.

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"The focus is now on 'operational research' as opposed to either basic or even translational research," said Katzenstein who will be among those presenting work at the event. He explained that this year's gathering would reflect the growing recognition that fighting AIDS requires far more than stronger drugs and more condoms. Such an effort entails "creating new models of health care and health-care research," he said.

The challenge extends to other infectious diseases, but the task for the AIDS campaign is particularly daunting: "It means anticipating all the commitments that will have to be made if you want to provide drugs for the 20 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who are infected with HIV," he said.

One thing won't change in 2006: Medicine is going to continue to evolve at a rapid clip. If you need evidence of that trend, here's a sample of forecasts from members of Stanford University School of Medicine about events and developments to watch in the coming months.

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