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[afro-nets] Sixth EDCTP Forum: sponsorship opportunities, programme overview and EDCTP awards

Sixth EDCTP Forum: sponsorship opportunities, programme overview and EDCTP 

Sponsorship opportunities

The Sixth EDCTP Forum is now inviting interested organisations to sponsor the 
event. The EDCTP forum has developed into one of the major conferences in 
Africa related to the three PRDs. For this reason, the forum provides excellent 
possibilities to highlight key activities to a diverse audience including 
representatives from research institutions, universities, like-minded 
organisations, governments, regional bodies and industry. Sponsorship packages 
have been developed and each package offers sponsors different opportunities to 
support the Sixth EDCTP Forum and raise their organisation's visibility during 
all days of the meeting.

Please visit the sponsorship opportunities 
page<> on the forum website for more 
information. Organisations interested in our sponsorship opportunities are 
requested to complete the sponsorship interest 

Programme overview
The forum programme includes a variety of high-profile speakers from the 
scientific, policy, ethics, regulatory and political fields. During the forum a 
wide range of research topics on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as 
cross cutting issues such as health research networking and capacity building 
including ethics and regulatory affairs will be covered. The forum programme 
includes keynote addresses by invited speakers from North and South, plenary 
and parallel sessions, roundtable discussions, oral presentations, poster 
sessions, satellite meetings and a marketplace for research exhibitions.

The official opening will take place on Sunday 9 October 2011, between 15:00 
and 17:00 hrs, followed by a cocktail reception.

On Monday 10 October, African and European leaders will speak on the need for 
and commitment to clinical research to fight the three PRDs in a plenary forum 
prologue session. Thereafter the programme will focus on actual project 
outcomes from completed and ongoing research activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tuesday 11 October starts with the 'Meet the Professor' session for junior 
scientists. This session is aimed at giving career guidance to junior 
scientists and to advise on specific research projects and will take place in 
parallel smaller groups based on different thematic areas. During the plenary 
morning session recent advances in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria clinical 
research fields will be presented followed by parallel sessions in the 

The satellite meeting 'Clinical trials in practice: how to achieve the best 
protection of the study subjects?' will take place from 12:30 to 14:00 at the 
forum's venue. This satellite meeting focuses on the challenge of achieving 
appropriate protection of patients participating in clinical trials carried out 
in resource-constrained settings, and is organised by the "Switching the Poles" 
Clinical Research Network.

The day will round off with a parallel session focusing on future strategy for 
clinical research and research capacity development in the three PRDs. This 
includes a cross-cutting session jointly organised by EDCTP and NACCAP which 
aims at sharing experiences, formulating best practices on capacity 
strengthening for health research and clinical trials in order to improve the 
impact on capacity strengthening of EDCTP grants.

On the morning of Wednesday 12 October, EDCTP research partners, funders and 
donors will present an overview of their work and collaborative efforts with 
EDCTP. This will be followed with continuation of parallel session on HIV/AIDS, 
tuberculosis and malaria clinical trials, as well as capacity building and 
networking for health research, ethics and regulatory framework in Africa. The 
programme will end with a wrap up of recommendations and future outlooks.

Download the Programme at a 
 for more information on the forum programme.

EDCTP Awards to Outstanding African Scientists open for nomination

EDCTP is also receiving nominations of potential candidates to receive the 
EDCTP Awards to Outstanding African Scientists. These awards funded by EDCTP, 
will recognise outstanding Africans scientists working on HIV/AIDS, 
tuberculosis and malaria.

The deadline to submit nominations is 30 June 2011. Please visit the EDCTP 
Awards page<> for more information, 
requirements and award nomination form.

Daniela Pereira

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