Press conference: New HIV antibody research opens up possibilities for preventing and treating HIV infection

27 February 2014

Date:  Monday 3 March 2014
Time: 10h00-12h00 [SAST]
Where: Pula Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tyrwhitt Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196      

Accredited journalists are invited to attend a press conference to announce a new discovery on HIV infection.  The CAPRISA consortium of scientists, working jointly with USA researchers, have discovered a new pathway for the development of potent broadly neutralising antibodies that could potentially prevent HIV or be used as an adjunct to antiretroviral drugs for treatment of HIV infection.  These breakthrough findings are being published in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, next week.

Journalists will be welcomed by Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director of CAPRISA & President of the Medical Research Council, after which Professor Lynn Morris of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases will explain the new findings.  The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, will comment thereafter on the findings followed by a question and answer session and media interview opportunities.  Please see below for the programme.

To register for the press conference, please contact Judith Annakie-Eriksen of CAPRISA by:

Tel: +27 (0)82 782 1276 (cell)


09h30 Arrival and registration
10h00 Welcome and introductions: Professor Salim S Abdool Karim
10h05 Presentation: Professor Lynn Morris, National Institute for Communicable Diseases
  and National Health Laboratory Service, Wits School of Pathology
10h25 Dr Michelle Mulder, Medical Research Council
10h35 Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health
10h45 Mr Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology
11h55 Closing remarks: Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim
11h00 Questions
11h30 End of press conference & refreshments
  Opportunity for one-on-one interviews until noon