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How do race, genetics and health-care disparities affect spread of HIV?


This half-day symposium, featuring speakers and panelists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the UCLA AIDS Institute, and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, will address the ways in which genetics, race and health care disparities prevent or promote the acquisition of HIV. The event, sponsored by the UCLA AIDS Institute, will include a press conference and individual interview opportunities with speakers.


Symposium speakers will include:

  • Stephen J. O'Brien, chief of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the National Cancer Institute
  • Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Irvin S.Y. Chen, director of the UCLA AIDS Institute
  • Gail Wyatt, associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute and director of the Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities at UCLA
  • John K. Williams, assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA


10:30 a.m.��:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17

12:45 to 1:45 p.m.: Media availability for one-on-one interviews


Lakretz Hall, 619 Charles E. Young Drive East, on the UCLA campus


Enrique Rivero, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, 310-794-2273,


Parking is available in Structure 2 on Charles E. Young Drive East (map: Call media contact to arrange parking.


Contact: Enrique Rivero
University of California - Los Angeles

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