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Welcome to HIV/AIDS 2007! 
Starts Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
in Kololi, Atlantic Coast
, The Gambia

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Meeting Structure, Duration and Venues 

Be it due to a personal preference, or a hectic schedule - a conference programme of three days is too short for many scientists, while one of a week is just about right for some, but definitely too long for others.

The format of this uniquely structured meeting in the field therefore aims to be flexible enough to suit the needs, interests and available time of all participants.

The programme will be split into 2 distinct parts as below:

(Please note that the structure of the meeting is illustrated in full in the Meeting Format PDF file)

Part 1 – Wednesday, June 6th to Friday, June 8th, 2007

Venue – Paradise Suites Hotel, Kololi, Atlantic Coast, The Gambia

Three days of oral and poster presentations, with a lot of time built into the programme for small group and one to one discussions.

With Kololi just a short distance from the main site of the Medical Research Council (MRC), The Gambia in Fajara, the meeting programme will also include a visit to the laboratories of the MRC's Viral Diseases Programme, where HIV is of course one of the main thrusts of ongoing work.**

If two or three days is all the time you can afford to be away from work at home, then participation in Part 1 will provide you with everything you need from a strong small meeting programme. 

Part 2 – Saturday, June 9th to Monday, June 11th, 2007

VenuesTendaba Camp and Conference Facility, The Gambia

A two day symposium/retreat 'up country' in Central Gambia - talking science in the West African countryside

Designed to take advantage of the tranquillity and natural beauty of the rural riverside location, which provides the perfect setting and atmosphere for flexible and relaxed discussions.  Plenty of time will also be available for participants to take in some of the fantastic scenery, flora and fauna of the area, both on foot and by boat. 

The opportunity exists on the last afternoon of the formal programme (and the days thereafter, by arrangement) to once again meet with resident HIV researchers at the Medical Research Council Laboratories in Fajara.**

**  It must be stressed that MRC is in no way responsible for the organization of the meeting, and that our visits to their site depends solely on their generosity and willingness to set aside time to receive meeting participants, for which we are most grateful. 


Meeting Format 
The structure of the meeting and programme layout is illustrated in full in the Meeting Format PDF file:

The Meeting Format in Full is Here **

**  Some of the details may change.  The organizer reserves the right to make essential changes without notice between now and the starting date of the conference to better suit the final programme and the interests of confirmed participants.


The Scientific Programme of a Meeting with a Difference 
From the point of inception - starting with the choice of location, venue and dates - the meeting will be organized somewhat differently than many conferences you may have participated in during your career.

We start not with a list of invited speakers, but with a blank, flexible programme, containing a number of as yet unclaimed oral presentation slots that will be filled in the coming months by dedicated researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS research who sign up to participate and who also demonstrate an interest in presenting work during the meeting.

This approach might seem to be a little unorthodox - and perhaps it is - but it works!

It works extremely effectively in creating an excellent atmosphere for constructive scientific discussion and debate, and it serves to provide the perfect breeding ground for the initiation of a wide range of new relationships and collaborative efforts.

If Mangosteen's approach has one failing, it is only that more interested researchers don't trust and believe that such a differently organized meeting can be as effective, and of equal or greater value, as a traditional conference.  This only serves to reduce the willingness of some excellent individual scientists to commit their time towards participating and making valuable contributions.  This is a failure not of the approach itself, but in the communication of the approach - it's something that we as a new initiative are currently working hard to rectify - but yet it's a problem that quickly disappears once word of mouth spreads and more prospective participants begin to find and hold the belief that Mangosteen's approach can work for them too.  If you intend to participate, please do spread the word amongst your colleagues in the field, your assistance here is invaluable.

If you are interested in participating in HIV/AIDS 2007, but have your doubts about the manner of organization and ultimate strength of the programme, please don't believe the words of the organizer or waste any time reading further on - instead, please simply take a look at the list of past participant testimonials from recent meetings or contact one or more of the past participants from conferences in related scientific fields in order to ask for their opinions on the meeting that they attended - as well as on Mangosteen's overall approach to communicating research between colleagues in both the developed and developing worlds and on their experience in West Africa in general.


Who is This Meeting Targeted Towards? 
Scientists, clinical researchers, students and others actively engaged in, or with a strong interest in, HIV/AIDS and related research.

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Meeting Objectives 
Other meeting organizers may offer a lengthy list of specific objectives that they want to see their conferences accomplish.

Mangosteen’s objectives for this meeting are broader, non-specific and intentionally much more direct and uncomplicated:

To create a true forum for open interdisciplinary discussion in the field of HIV/AIDS research.

To help encourage members of the research community, from both the developed and developing worlds, to get talking, thinking and ultimately collaborating.

The results and successes of this meeting are not in the hands of the organizer, but are very much in the minds and the future work and projects of the participants.

Another of Mangosteen’s objectives is not to require participants to spend more of their valuable research resources on attending this meeting than they absolutely need to:  talk is cheap, and this will be a cost-effective meeting.

Past Participant Testimonials & Quotes are Here

Recent Conference Photos are Here


Anticipated Costs Incurred During the Meeting 
The Budget Forecast PDF file below provides an estimate of the costs you will incur while in West Africa:

Budget Forecast - Estimated Essential Expenditure While in West Africa


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Size of the Meeting   Visas   Language of the Meeting
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Frequently Asked Questions 
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HIV/AIDS 2007  
Pneumococci 2007  
Antibiotic Resistance 2007  

Co-organizers: International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)


Co-sponsors:         Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics - APUA-Gambia

Kinetoplastid Diseases 2008  
Tuberculosis 2008  
Cytokines 2008  
Hepatitis 2008  
Enteric Pathogens 2008  
Malaria 2009  
Pathogenic Helminths 2009  

Pathogenic Helminths 2007  
Malaria 2007  
Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006  
Tuberculosis 2006  
Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006  
Hepatitis 2006  






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