Media invitation first annual EDCTP Forum

09/27/04

Enrico Garaci, President of the Istituto Superiore di Sanit (ISS), Stefano Vella, Director of Drug Department (ISS), together with Piero Olliaro, Executive Director of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and Pascoal Mocumbi, High Representative of the EDCTP and ex Prime Minister of Mozambico, invite members of the media to the press conference of the first Annual EDCTP Forum in Rome, Italy on 29 September 2004.

The objective of the Forum is to bring together scientists from Europe and Africa to jointly develop strategies towards identifying and assessing the most promising new drugs, vaccines and other interventions that will help reduce to the burden of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.

The first EDCTP Forum is hosted by the Instituto Superiore di Sanit on behalf of the EDCTP.

DATE: 29 September 2004
TIME: 12:30 - 13:00
VENUE: Istituto Superiore Di Sanita (ISS), Viale Regina Elena 299 - 00161 ROMA

For more information contact:
Sandor Vrij, Communications Officer, EDCTP
31-70-344-0885, www.edctp.org/1stannualforum.htm
Mirella Taranto, Chief Press Officer, ISS
39-64-990-2950

About the EDCTP
The EDCTP is a long-term partnership of Europe and Developing Countries to accelerate the clinical development of better and more adapted therapeutics and prophylactics for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and to build or strengthen research capacity in countries in which these diseases are health priorities. The EDCTP builds upon existing programmes and efforts, especially those of its stakeholders, and brokers partnerships and resources with the public, private not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. 14 EU Member States plus Norway established the EDCTP in 2003 linked in with the developing countries as a genuine and sustained partnership.

About the ISS
The Istituto Superiore di Sanit is the leading technical and scientific body of the Italian National Health Service. Its activities include research, clinical trials, control and training in public health, in collaboration and consultation with other public health authorities, local health agencies and hospitals. It cooperates in the design and implementation of health and scientific programmes at local and national level and plays a leading role in several major international research projects. The Institute represents Italy in the EDCTP in the person of its President Enrico Garaci. Stefano Vella, Director of Drug Department (ISS) and international expert in the field of HIV/AIDS, has been named member of the Partnership Board.

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