Program at a glance



The program is accredited by the Infectious Disease Association of Thailand for 14 CME credited.  




Confirmed sessions and speakers

Plenary session 1: Opening

  • No pain, no gain: Crisis, resilience, and winning trust from SARS to COVID-19 response in Taiwan - Yi-Chun Lo, MD, Taiwan CDC, Taiwan
  • What will it take to end AIDS in Asia - Adeeba Kamarulzaman, MBBS, FRACP, FAMM, FASc, HonLLD Monash, DPMP, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Plenary session 2: Opportunistic infections: TB/ Fungal 

  • Fungal infections - Advance HIV - Thuy Le, MD, DPhil, Duke University, USA; Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam
  • HIV and STI: Addressing infectious syndemics in the current era - Kenneth Mayer, MD, Fenway Health, Harvard Medical School and Harvard TC Chan School of Public Health, Institute, USA
  • TB therapeutic strategies - Nicholas Paton, MD, FRCP, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Plenary session 3: PrEP implementation: Learning from PrEP experts 

  • Overview of PrEP in the Asia-Pacific - Heather-Marie Schmidt, BMedSc (Hon), MPH, PhD, UNAIDS Asia Pacific Regional Support Team and the World Health Organisation, Thailand
  • PrEP for KP youth - Wipaporn Natalie Songtaweesin, MBBS, DTMH, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • PrEP: An opportunity for integrated STI service delivery - Reshmie Ramautarsing, MD, PhD, The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Thailand
  • PrEP and chemsex - Stephane Wen-Wei Ku, MD, Taipei City Hospital, Renai Branch, Taiwan
  • Universal coverage of PrEP in Thailand - Taweesap Siraprapasiri, MD, MPH, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Parallel session: Infectious diseases stigma: From theory to action

  • Crowdsourcing to decrease hepatitis stigma - Jingjing Li, MA, Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH), China
  • TB stigma reduction strategies in Asia - Maxine Caws, PhD, Birat Nepal Medical Trust, Nepal
  • Key population-led health services to combat transgender stigma - Rena Janamnuaysook, MBA, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Thailand

Parallel session: Clinical ART management

Parallel session: Parallel session: Social networks

  • Using social networks in HIV research - Weiming Tang, PhD, MD, MS, University of North Carolina Project-China, China
  • Network analysis of the sexual relationship and HIV transmission in MSM – studies in Hong Kong - Shui-Shan Lee, MBBS, MD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Parallel session: Viral hepatitis

  • HCV treatment in Thailand. Spotlight on C-Free study: Community based viral hepatitis test & treat in people who use drugs - Tanyaporn Wansom, MD, MPP, Dreamlopments, Thailand
  • The elimination of hepatitis C in Australia - the importance of engaging with prisoners- Margaret Hellard, AM, MBBS, FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD Burnet Institute, Australia

Parallel session: Cure research

  • Gene silencing strategies using siRNA for HIV control - Anthony Kelleher, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA, The Kirby Institute, Australia
  • Functional cure of HIV-1 infection by PD1-vaccine-based immunotherapy - Zhiwei Chen, PhD, DVM, AIDS Institute of University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Capacity-building session 1: Creating "Super" models: A biostatistics workshop

This session is one of the four capacity building sessions prepared for an early-career researcher audience, focusing on biostatistics analytical decisions made after you have a clean cross-sectional data set. It will cover the fundamental concepts and common practices of regression model selection and results interpretation.

The session will be given by Prof. Stephen Kerr, BPharm(Hons), MIPH, PhD, HIV-NAT, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; Dr. Sirinya Teeraananchai, PhD, Kasetsart University, Thailand; and Dr. Fan Yang, PhD, MSc, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Project China, China.

Capacity-building session 2: JIAS scientific writing workshop: How to write and submit a research manuscript

Publishing scientific papers is an essential part of a researcher’s career. This interactive workshop aims to build skills in scientific writing, helps to understand the editorial process, and provides useful and practical information to support new- and early-career HIV researchers, as well as more experienced researchers, in successfully submitting their manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.

This session will be facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Mayer, MD, Fenway Health, Harvard Medical School and Harvard TC Chan School of Public Health, USA, and Dr. Tavitiya Sudjaritruk, MD, ScM, PhD, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Capacity-building session 3: Love at first sight: Crafting appealing infographics

Do your research manuscript figures jump off the page or stumble back into the text? This interactive session will provide practical advice on designing infographics and related content for research manuscripts. An infographic is an image that presents information for a non-expert audience.

This session will be given by Dr. Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, AM, UNC Chapel Hill, USA; and Dr. Krittaporn Termvanich, MA, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Thailand

Capacity-building session 4: Grant workshop 101

Apart from brilliant research ideas, understanding funder priorities and reviewer considerations are essential for successful research funding applications. Dr Benjamin Young, MD, PhD, from ViiV Healthcare, Dr Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, AM, from UNC Chapel Hill and Dr Wipaporn Natalie Songtaweesin, MBBS, DTMH, from Chulalongkorn University will share their respective views as funder, reviewer and applicant of research grants.

This workshop will be chaired by APACC Fellow, Dr. Phillip Yin Cheung Chan, MBChB, MRCP (UK), FHKCP, FHKAM, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong; Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Thailand.