mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium  

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mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium invited speakers (left to right): Mr Adam Bandt, MP,  Colonel Nelson Michael, 
Prof Sharon Lewin, Dr. Eric Glare, A/Prof Edwina Wright

Congratulations to the winners of the ViiV Healthcare AIDS and mHIVE Awards

ViiV Healthcare AIDS Scholarship ($5000)* - Best oral presentation: Michelle Wong, Burnet Institute

mHIVE Oral Presentation Prize ($400) Runner up oral presentation: Jared Stern, Doherty Institute

mHIVE Student Poster Prize ($200) Best student poster presentation: Matthew Worley, Doherty Institute

mHIVE EMCR Poster Prize ($200) Best EMCR poster presentation: Dr. Anna Hearps, Burnet Institute

*work presented must not have been presented previously at an international conference.

 - mHIVE Collaborative Seed grant ($5000) - Dr. Amy Chung, Doherty Institute, Dr Tim Read, MSHC, Alfred Hospital, Dr Laura Downie, University of Melbourne, Dr Bao Nguyen, University of Melbourne

This year's mHIVE Symposium theme will focus on: 
HIV Prevention: Past and Future Challenges

The third Melbourne HIV Exchange (mHIVE) World AIDS Day (WAD) symposium will bring together and celebrate the key roles of HIV-affected community members, clinicians and researchers and recognise how their partnership will ultimately work towards preventing, treating and curing HIV.

mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium is proudly organised in partnership with the


Opening Address: 
Federal Member for Melbourne

Mr Adam Bandt is the Federal Member for Melbourne. He has portfolio responsibilities for climate change, energy, employment & industrial relations and science, research and innovation. Mr Bandt was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election. He has since been reelected in 2013 and 2016, with an increased vote at each election. Before becoming an MP, Mr Bandt worked as a public interest lawyer representing some of Melbourne's lowest paid workers, including outworkers in the clothing industry. He has also represented many unions and worked on cases involving freedom of speech and implementation of international covenants into Australian law. Mr Bandt received undergraduate Law/Arts Honours degrees at Murdoch University, where he won the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement. He completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008, which looked at the recent trend of governments suspending basic human rights in areas such as migration, workplace relations and criminal law.

Keynote Speaker: 
U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP)
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Professor of Medicine
Uniformed Services University

Colonel Nelson Michael is the Director of the US Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and guided the RV144 HIV vaccine study; the first demonstration that a preventive HIV vaccine was possible. Dr Michael also helped lead a study on a new vaccine regimen that partially protected monkeys from SIV infection and identified factors associated with HIV prevention and control. Dr Michael's research interests include HIV molecular pathogenesis and host genetics, HIV clinical research and HIV vaccine development. He has also been involved in vaccine development for Ebola, MERS-CoV, and Zika virus. Dr Michael holds a degree in biology from University of California, Los Angeles and an MD and PhD in cancer biology from Stanford University. He serves on numerous HIV/AIDS advisory boards and has co-authored over 280 publications.
Clinical Speaker: 
Alfred Hospital, Burnet Institute

A/Prof Wright is an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher at the Alfred Hospital, Monash, the Burnet Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute. She has been looking after people living with HIV infection for over 30 years. Her HIV expertise lies in the area of the benefits of early treatment, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and HIV neurological disorders.  A/Prof Wright is currently leading a 4,000 person PrEP trial in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania to prevent HIV infections in individuals at high risk of HIV. 

Community Speaker: 
Positive Speakers Bureau,
Living Positive Victoria

As a biomedical scientist, Eric worked on HIV brain research before he contracted HIV in 1994. Now his own brain bears the consequences of HIV. Anti-HIV medications no doubt saved his life but did not prevent him from becoming infected with viral meningitis. The fight to clear the infection from his brain precipitated poor mental health – something HIV is infamous for – and he went on to be diagnosed with bipolar type II and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND). Eric invested heavily in mental healthcare and over time found the best treatments for him. After 14 years living with disability, he has now found excellent health and has begun the daunting task of looking for work again. In speaking out about his journey to recovery, Eric promotes discussion of both the medical and social aspects of HIV and living with mental health disorders.

Also featuring short talks and p
oster presentations by 
students and early-mid career researchers (EMCR) from selected abstracts. 



The Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP will launch World AIDS Day 2017 alongside Professor Jenny Hoy and members of the Positive Speakers Bureau.


The evolution of HIV: From the Grim Reaper to U=U

This interactive panel will discuss the changing perceptions of HIV. Moderated by Burnet Institute’s Bruce Parnell, the panel includes Doherty Institute Director Professor Sharon Lewin, Monash Health physician Dr Chris Lemoh, and HIV community members.

REFRESHMENTS: Morning tea and lunch will be provided.



1:00-1:10 -  Welcome Address - Prof Sharon Lewin, Doherty Institute

1:10-1:25 - Official Opening Address - Mr Adam Bandt, Federal Member for Melbourne

SESSION ONE - Chair: Prof Sharon Lewin, Doherty Institute

1:25-2:20 - Keynote Presentation - Colonel Nelson Michael

2:20-2:45 - Clinical Perspective - A/Prof. Edwina Wright

2:45-3:30 - AFTERNOON TEA BREAK and Poster Viewing

SESSION TWO - Chair: Prof Gilda Tachedjian, Burnet Institute

3:30-4:00 - Community Perspective - Dr. Eric Glare

4:00-5:00 - ViiV Healthcare Oral Award Finalists Session - Young Investigators

5:00-5:30 - REFRESHMENTS and Poster Viewing

5:30 - Closing & Presentation of Young Investigator Awards and mHIVE Collaborative Seed Grant


VENUE FOR ALL EVENTS: The Doherty Institute, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne


In 2017, there are 4 prizes available to students and early-mid career researcher (EMCR) presentations selected from abstracts. Abstract submissions are now CLOSED

ViiV Healthcare AIDS Scholarship ($5000)* - Best oral presentation among finalists speaking at the symposium to fund travel to an international HIV/AIDS conference. 

mHIVE Oral Presentation Prize ($400) Runner up oral presentation among finalists speaking at the symposium.

mHIVE Student Poster Prize ($200) Best student poster presentation at the symposium.

mHIVE EMCR Poster Prize ($200) Best early-mid career researcher (EMCR) poster presentation at the symposium.

*work presented must not have been presented previously at an international conference.

 - mHIVE Collaborative Seed grant ($5000) -  a seed grant designed to facilitate collaboration between Early/Mid-Career Researchers from different institutions working in the field of HIV research- will also be awarded at the Symposium. Visit here for more details.

Abstract submissions are now closed.
To submit an abstract to mHIVE World AIDS Day: 
                    1. Download the Microsoft Word Document template - download here.
                    2. Prepare your abstract using the formatted template.
                    3. Submit your abstract file by email to by October 27th, 2017. 
                    In the body of the email, please specify the following information:
                    a) the presenting author's name, affiliation and if you are a student or EMCR
                    b) whether you would like to be considered for oral or poster presentation
                              (If you are not selected for oral presentation, you will be offered a                                                             poster presentation. Please let us know if you do not want to present a poster)
                    c) whether you have presented this work previously at an international conference 
                             (if yes, you will not be eligible for the ViiV Healthcare AIDS Scholarship)

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mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium is proudly organised in partnership with the

Visit the symposium website 2016 for details about our previous mHIVE World AIDS Day symposium:

mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium 2016
Theme: Women and HIV 
We were proud to host Jo-Ann Passmore (University of Cape Town) as our prestigious invited speaker the mHIVE  World AIDS Day Symposium 2016Assoc Prof Jo-Ann Passmore's research has focused on studying genital tract adaptive and innate immune responses associated with protection from or susceptibility to sexually transmitted viral diseases including HPV and HIV. She is specifically interested in studying biomarkers for susceptibility and protection to HIV infection, including secreted inflammatory molecules, genital immune activation and HIV-specific immune responses present in the female genital tract. See the mHIVE WAD 2016 program here.

mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium 2015
Inaugural mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium
We were proud to host Jacob Estes (Principal Scientist, Retroviral Immunopathology Section Head, Tissue Analysis Core, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research) as our prestigious keynote speaker in 2015. Dr Jacob Estes also generously contributed his time and conducted a free three day RNAscope workshop and Seminar. See the mHIVE WAD 2015 program here.