A huge international conference convenes every 2 years to share information about HIV/AIDS. In 2008 it was in Mexico, in 2010 in Austria. Read through the 2008 and 2010 AIDS Congress websites, http://www.aids2008.org/ and http://www.aids2010.org/.
Dr Dodgson went to the 2002 Congress in Barcelona for a med com company based outside Philadelphia and owned by Wouters Kleweur. The drug of interest was nelfinivir, which was then the number 1 therapy drug. During the conference it lost its place. Presidents Bill Clinton and President Nelson Mandela spoke at the closing ceremony.
These conferences are great for medical writers in several ways
1) they provide work beforehand (writing abstracts, posters, powerpoint presentations)
2) they provide work during the conference (writing summaries of the conference talks and poster presentations) and
3) they provide primary data for writing documents (manuscripts, magazine articles, CME presentations).
1. Download the abstracts from the most recent AIDS conference. Look through the conference proceedings for a drug combination used to lower viral load and increase immune response. Pick an abstract and follow the trail of that drug through clinicaltrials.gov. pubmed and popular press. Write an essay about what the drug is, what it does, and evidence that this is a useful addition to the AIDS pharmacy.
2. Write a monograph about a disease, choose one of typhoid, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis
Get a definition of the disease from CDC or NIH or WHO
When you define the disease say where you got the definition
Describe the course of the disease after setting up the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology
Describe how to prevent the disease by lifestyle vs therapies (vaccines, hygiene, exercise, diet, pills)
How to treat the disease
Prevalence and incidence. Search through the WHO and CDC sites and get a definition of these terms, and understand what they are and when you can use either.
Search for conferences in the past year that may have addressed new treatments. Include data about new treatments that are in development
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