Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS was launched in 2006. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of HIV and AIDS are divided into six sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Dr Colebunders is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is also Head of the Clinical HIV/STD Unit at ITM. He worked from 1985 to 1988 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, as coordinator of clinical studies on HIV/AIDS of ‘Projet SIDA’. From 2004 to 2005, he took a sabbatical year at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda. In 2006 he organized the first international tuberculosis immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB IRIS) workshop in Kampala and since then is coordinating the international network for the study of HIV-related IRIS. His main research interest is the management of HIV and TB in countries with limited resources. He has often acted as a consultant for WHO in this field.
Dr French is a Clinical Immunologist at Royal Perth Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. He has had an interest in the management of patients with acquired and primary immunodeficiency disorders since 1980, and has conducted research on the immunology of HIV infection since 1986. Dr French has been an active participant in the Australian HIV clinical trials program since 1988, and is currently Chair of the Antiretroviral Working Group of The Australian National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research. He specializes in disorders of immune reconstitution in HIV patients receiving antiretroviral therapy, and he first described what was subsequently defined as immune restoration disease in 1992.
Robert Oelrichs is Senior HIV/AIDS Specialist and coordinator of the research agenda for the World Bank's Global HIV/AIDS Program. He joined the World Bank in 2006 after working with a program at the University of New South Wales, Australia, providing technical assistance to the national AIDS program of the Ministry of Health, Cambodia. Prior to this he was Senior Research Fellow at the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne, Australia. He has a background in clinical medicine, medical research and public health, particularly in developing countries of South East Asia, and was Wellcome Trust visiting research fellow at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center, Bangkok from 1999 to 2003. Robert is based in Washington DC, where he lives with his partner and two children.
Mark Boyd is an infectious disease physician with a particular interest in HIV infection. He currently works as a Clinical Project Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Therapeutic and Vaccine Research Program (TVRP) of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NCHECR) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and as a Consultant Physician in Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He has a background of four years work in HIV clinical research at the HIV-NAT collaboration in Bangkok, Thailand from which his doctorate was produced, a Master's degree in International Health and Development, and an undergraduate degree in the Humanities majoring in Philosophy and English Literature. His major interest within the discipline of HIV medicine is its clinical management using combination antiretroviral therapy across the spectrum of human development settings.