Current Opinion in HIV & AIDS:
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.
Jürgen Rockstroh, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Head of the HIV Outpatient Clinic at the University of Bonn in Germany. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany, and completed his residency in the Department of Medicine also at the University of Bonn. His department treats the world's largest cohort of HIV-infected hemophiliacs.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr Rockstroh is involved in HIV research on: antiretroviral therapy, including new drug classes; the course of HIV disease in haemophiliacs; and HIV and hepatitis coinfection. He has been an investigator in multiple clinical trials of antiretroviral agents and treatments for HIV and hepatitis coinfection.
An active member of the HIV/AIDS treatment community, Dr Rockstroh was the Chairman of the German Clinical AIDS Working Group (KAAD) from 1998 to 2007. In 2007 he was elected as the president of the German AIDS Society. He has also, since 2009, been a member of the executive committee of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS). He chaired the organizing committee for the first and second international workshops on HIV and Hepatitis Coinfection in 2004 and 2005 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was on the international organizing committee for the first European consensus conference on the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C in HIV coinfected patients in 2005. He was co-chair of the EACS conference in Cologne, Germany, in 2009. He has been a member of the EuroSIDA SC since 2006.
The German Society for Infectious Diseases awarded Dr Rockstroh and his co-authors the prize in clinical infectious diseases in 2002, and the national AIDS research prize in 2005. Dr Rockstroh has authored or co-authored over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and over 40 book chapters.
Dr Gail Matthews is a Senior Lecturer in the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program at The Kirby Institute (formerly the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She is also a Consultant Physician in HIV and Infectious Diseases at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia. She originally completed specialist medical training in London, UK before returning to Australia in 2002 to take up a position at UNSW and obtained her PhD on Therapeutic Strategies in HIV-HBV coinfection in 2009.
Her role is split between clinical research in the fields of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, and clinical academic practice in the Viral Hepatitis Service at St Vincent's Hospital. She has a specific interest in a number of areas including therapy for acute hepatitis C, antiviral resistance to hepatitis C compounds and strategies for HIV/viral hepatitis coinfection. She is the principal clinical investigator in the Australian Trial in Acute Hepatitis C II and oversees a number of other national and international research projects including those with National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. She has over 70 research publications including five book chapters.