Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues and
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this first "Workshop on
HIV Persistence during Therapy", and to see this project taking shape.
I have been conducting clinical research into primary HIV infection and
viral reservoirs for several years now, and have observed a definite lack of specific
events on the "reservoir" issue. Thanks to the sustained help of Bob
Gallo, Roger Pomerantz and Jose Gatell we have now built this new limited-size event,
designed to preserve productivity and facilitate useful exchanges between
participants. I would like to offer them my sincere thanks for believing in
this project and supporting me throughout the last months; beyond my
professional admiration for their work, they have also become invaluable
However, the task was not easy, and we did not receive all the
industrial backing we were hoping for. The reservoir theme often takes
backstage as regards practical therapeutic concerns but – as our program shows –
it should actually be in the spotlight!
We would particularly like to thank the firms that supported this project
right from the outset: their contributions – whether full or partial –
constitute vital cornerstones.
Lastly, we would like to thank all the participants who have chosen to
present their work here: the excellence of the abstracts received will
undoubtedly guarantee the success of this workshop.
I wish you all an enjoyable and fruitful workshop!