by the Rapporteur team
To all of you who have been
reading the Basic Science Summaries, we have striven to bring you highlights from the 12th
World AIDS Conference in Geneva in a way that is meaningful to the non-scientist.
It is our hope that we have been able to impart a greater understanding of major themes in
basic science research and inspire an appreciation of the importance of this type of
research endeavour. In many regards, basic science discovery and exploration paved the way
for current advances in anti-HIV therapy and is the cornerstone for future advances.
The current progress in anti-HIV research are far from perfect and are not accessible to
the majority of people living with HIV, globally. Improved understandings of HIV disease
and the immune response will lead to better, hopefully more accessible, less expensive and
less toxic therapies
We hope that our efforts in communicating basic research themes will inspire the community
of people living with HIV/AIDS, clinician/physicians and others to engage with basic
science researchers and help shape a research agenda which will accelerate the advances
necessary to find a long-standing effective treatment and an effective vaccine.