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 nine 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.
Alison Elliott is Professor of Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. She studied natural sciences at Cambridge and medicine at the University of London, UK. In the late 1980 s she undertook seminal studies on the interaction between tuberculosis and HIV infection in Zambia. Thereafter, an infectious diseases fellowship in Denver, Colorado, USA, provided training in laboratory immunology and enabled her to plan and conduct subsequent clinical-immuno-epidemiological studies. Since 1997 she has been based in Uganda at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust. Current interests focus on the effects interactions between co-infections, and on the effects of helminth infection on immune responses to vaccines and on infectious and allergic disease incidence in children in Uganda; and on research capacity building in Africa.
Maria Yazdanbakhsh is a Professor of Cellular Immunology of Parasitic Infections at Leiden Unviersity Medical Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. She is a biomedical scientist and obtained her BSc at King's College London, UK, her MSc at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and her PhD at Amsterdam University, the Netherlands. After spending a two year post doctoral period at Imperial College London, UK, she started her group at the University of Leiden in 1989 to study the interaction between helminth infections and the human immune system. She has long term collaborative studies in Indonesia, Gabon and Ghana, working with scientists at University of Indonesia, Research Unit of Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana which involves training PhD students from these academic centers. Her field studies examine the response of the immune system to coinfections (helminths and malaria) and the impact that parasitic infections and rural living have on non-communicable inflammatory diseases. Her laboratory in Leiden focuses on the isolation of immune modulatory molecules from parasites and their mode of action on the cells of the immune system with the view to developing novel therapeutics.