UH Hawai'i Center for AIDS presents:

LAUNCHING of the ‘Hawaiʻi To Zero’ (H20) Cure Initiative:

The Hawaiʻi to Zero (H20) Cure Initiative proposes to transform Hawaiʻi into the first HIV-free state in the United States. The timing of the Hawaiʻi to Zero Cure Initiative comes on the heels of scientific evidence that a patient from Berlin was cured of HIV in 2007. This bold initiative seeks to conduct HIV cure and prevention research directed towards bringing cases of AIDS in "Hawaiʻi to Zero." We believe Hawaiʻi has the scientific and community infrastructure to achieve this goal. The "Berlin Patient" will be here in Hawaiʻi to help launch this initiative.


The "Hawaiʻi to Zero" Launch

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 8am-4pm

Sullivan Conference Center, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, Kakaʻako

*This is a FREE event, you MUST register to attend. Seating is limited

HAWAIʻI TO ZERO CONFERENCE: State of the Art and Current Efforts in HIV Cure and Prevention: This conference will inform the audience about current research nationally and internationally, in HIV cure and prevention and what Hawaiʻi is contributing to these efforts. Nationally recognized experts, and Timothy Brown, aka “the Berlin Patient,” now cured of HIV, will address the conference.

***The Hawaiʻi Consortium for Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Hawaiʻi Consortium for Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Call: (808) 692-1340 or Email:

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HAWAIʻI TO ZERO CONFERENCE : "State of the Art and Current Efforts in HIV Cure and Prevention"

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Registration, Opening Ceremony

8:30 am - WELCOME Jerris Hedges, MD, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine

8:30 am - 8:45 am - Opening Statement Virginia Pressler MD, Director, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health

8:45 am - 9:00 am - Why do we need a cure? The problem with chronic inflammation Cecilia Shikuma MD, Professor, Medicine JABSOM

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Where are we now in HIV cure research? Mario Stevenson Ph.D., Chief Division of Infectious Diseases, Miller School of Medicine,University of Miami

9:30 am - 10:00 am - HIV cure initiative at the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS Lishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Tropical Medicine, JABSOM

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Personal experience and vision for the future in HIV cure
Timothy Brown, individual cured of HIV

10:30 am - 10:45 am - BREAK

10:45 am - 11:15 am - Hawaiʻi to Zero: What is the role of prevention? Jane Simoni PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Co-Director of the Program on Global Mental Health, University of Washington

11:15 am - 11:45 am - HIV prevention efforts in Hawaiʻi - state of the art and barriers Tim McCormick, HIV Medical Management Services Section, STD/AIDS Prevention Branch, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health

11:45 am - 12:15 pm - Closing Remarks, Panel discussion


LUNCH: (provided for registered participants) On the grounds of the Kakaʻako Campus

Lunch Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

GRAND OPENING of the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI CLINICS AT KAKAʻAKO: Future home of the Clint Spencer Clinic, HIV Research Clinic, some UH Cancer Center Trials, R-MATRIX translational research, and other research-centered care by providers with UH health sciences.

Blessing of the Clinic: 2:00 pm

Open House until 4:00 pm