Information for Presenters

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Session and Presentation Types

The scientific program comprises various styles of presentations and sessions, each offering a unique opportunity to amass new and important scientific information. Descriptions of the presentation and session types appear below.

Bernard Fields Lecture

The Bernard Fields Lecture is named after the renowned virologist Bernard N. Fields. Bernard N. Fields was a leader in viral pathogenesis, an area of medicine that, during his time, spanned from the development of the smallpox vaccine to the HIV pandemic. Dr Fields strongly emphasized the importance of basic research in clinical practice and in helping define molecular parameters that affect disease. In 1994, Dr Fields authored a pivotal paper titled AIDS: time to turn to basic science. In this paper, he developed the “marching orders” for AIDS researchers, and much of what we do at CROI, linking basic science to the clinic, the bedside, and to populations of the world, continues to follow those orders. An invitation to the Bernard Fields lecture is one of the greatest honors CROI can bestow to a colleague that has made basic and often transformational contributions to HIV/AIDS research.

N'Galy-Mann Lecture

The N’Galy-Mann Lecture is named after Dr Bosenge N’Galy, a Congolese physician, and Jonathan Mann, an American physician and epidemiologist. Their work drew global attention to the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. They were instrumental in providing valuable insight into the epidemiology and clinical course of HIV in African populations. Dr N’Galy went on to become the first director of the National AIDS Control Program in the DRC and was known widely for his work as a clinician and policymaker. Dr Mann became the first director of the Global Program on AIDS, where he advocated for a global response to the HIV pandemic, which located human rights at the center of the campaign. The N’Galy-Mann lecture honors their legacy and is bestowed upon leaders in the HIV field that bring together policy, science, community, and a humanitarian perspective for the policymakers and for the world.

Martin Delaney Presentation

Martin Delaney was on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic from the very beginning. Delaney founded Project Inform, a national HIV treatment information, public policy, and advocacy organization. Delaney developed Project Inform to address the needs of individuals and their families living with HIV, supplying information to help save their lives. In addition, this saved the lives of people not infected, giving them the information to prevent infection long before PrEP and identification of other prevention modalities. Delaney was also at the forefront of helping people organize advocacy campaigns to convince governments of the need for urgency in developing approaches to treat HIV and AIDS. The Martin Delaney Lecture recognizes the important work of community advocacy and engagement in research.

Keynote Lecture

A Keynote Lecture may also be scheduled during the Opening Session and is given by a well-known and respected individual who offers insight into any of a wide range of issues (eg, social, political, or financial matters) that affect the global HIV pandemic.

Preconference Workshops

Educational workshops are presented before the opening session on the first day of CROI. Recent workshops include:

  • Scott Hammer Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees: Directed toward new investigators (both international and domestic) and trainees (eg, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and physician fellows). This workshop is typically held in the morning with no other sessions running concurrently, and is open to all attendees. The workshop content includes the current state-of-the-art of selected areas of HIV basic and clinical research, as well as an overview of the major themes to be presented at CROI
  • Clinical Trial Design and Analysis: Directed toward clinicians and scientists who are interested in designing or interpreting clinical and epidemiological studies
  • Frontiers in Laboratory Science: Directed toward investigators and clinicians interested in learning about technological and conceptual developments in life sciences that are influencing HIV research or hold significant potential for research
  • Interactive Case-Based Workshop on the Liver: Directed toward persons interested in the management of hepatitis virus and other liver diseases
Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lectures are a balance of epidemiologic-, clinical-, and basic-science presentations given by leading authorities in the field. There are 2 Plenary Lectures of 25 minutes scheduled for each of the 3 days of the conference.

Interactive Educational Sessions

Interactive Educational Sessions include in a mixture of lively formats such as case-based discussions, point-counterpoint discussions, expert panel discussions, “Rapid Fire” sessions of 4 or 5 short (5 mins) presentations by experts in the field, or symposia of 3 or 4 state-of-the-art talks followed by a group discussion. In addition to the presentations, attendees pose questions for response by the presenters.

Oral Abstract Sessions

Oral Abstract Sessions include leading-edge research in HIV, hepatitis viruses, SARS-CoV-2, and other viral infections and their related conditions. During these 2-hour sessions, speakers present their peer-reviewed research on a specific topic area and respond to questions from attendees in 1 of 2 question and answer periods moderated by experts in the field. Abstracts accepted during the General and Late-Breaking Submission rounds are eligible for oral presentation. Data analyzed after the general abstract deadline are eligible as a late breaker if they meet a high threshold of scientific merit as the selection criteria is much higher than in the general round. A Scientific Overview (or Mini Lecture) may be included in an Oral Abstract Session.

Themed Discussions

Themed Discussions include up to 5 select poster abstracts connected by a theme. A discussant provides a 5-minute introduction outlining the state of the topic field, and then each presenter gives a brief overview of their Poster Abstract in 5 minutes using 5 slides (recommended) to summarize the noteworthy results, conclusions, and discussion points. Discussants interact with audience members and presenters to create a discussion that synthesizes the relevant information, covers key points of agreement and controversy, and draws comparisons to related work in the scientific field. At the conclusion of a Themed Discussion, the discussant provides a 5-minute summation highlighting the key information of the Poster Abstracts discussed and posing important questions for future research.

Poster Abstract Sessions

Poster Abstract Sessions comprise the majority of scientific information presented at CROI. Presenters of Poster Abstracts who attend CROI in-person will be assigned to stand at their respective boards, organized by topic, on one of the three conference days. All posters will be available for viewing throughout the in-person conference in the poster hall and in an electronic format (access is restricted to registered CROI attendees during the conference). Abstracts accepted during the General and Late-Breaking Submission rounds are eligible for poster presentations. Data analyzed after the general abstract deadline are eligible as a late breaker if they meet a high threshold of scientific merit as the selection criteria is much higher than in the general round.