2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference
2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference


Early Career Prize

Submit an abstract to place yourself in the running to win one of the below awards;

  • Theme A Best Oral
  • Theme A Best Poster
  • Theme B Best Oral
  • Theme B Best Poster
  • Theme C Best Oral
  • Theme C Best Poster
  • Theme D Best Oral
  • Theme D Best Poster
  • Best Case Presentation


  • Candidates must be in the early stages of their research careers or those who are not involved with full time or professional research.
  • As a general guide candidates should have completed a PhD or Masters research degree not more than five years previously. Candidates who have not completed a PhD or Masters degree or who are not considered “professional researchers” are eligible at any time in their careers.

The Alan Brotherton Prize in HIV Cure Research

Despite transformative changes to the diagnosis and treatment of HIV over the past 30 years, the search for an HIV cure is as relevant now as ever. Australian scientists, clinicians and community members have much to contribute to the search for a cure given our long track record of outstanding research and collaboration. As the focus on HIV cure strategies intensifies, engagement between people living with HIV and those researching and developing an HIV cure must be strong and purposeful.

Alan Brotherton (1963-2015) was a man who seized his HIV diagnosis as a call to action, dedicating the majority of his life to advocacy for people living with HIV. Alan was instrumental in the foundation of some of Australia’s major peer-based HIV community organisations, including Positive Life NSW and the National Association of People with HIV in Australia (NAPWHA). His commitment to a partnership approach to HIV prevention and treatment helped to shape Australia’s pioneering and hugely successful public health response to HIV. Alan was also a tireless advocate for research and was personally involved in critically important research related to an HIV cure, right until his last days. His commitment was extraordinary!

In the spirit of Alan’s dedication to improving the lives of people living with HIV through partnership and the importance of HIV cure research, a $500 prize for the most outstanding abstract on research related to an HIV cure at the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference will be offered again this year.


Abstracts from all conference streams accepted for oral or poster presentation at the 2018 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference relating to HIV cure will be considered. As the award is to encourage new and emerging researchers, only presenters less than 10 years post PhD or MSc will be eligible. All community members are eligible.

Selection Criteria

Criteria Weight
Abstract relates to HIV cure
(including, but not limited to: viral reservoirs, latency mechanisms, latency reversal strategies, HIV vaccines, clinical trials of elimination strategies and qualitative research on HIV cure)
Abstract has scientific merit, using robust methods to communicate new knowledge 40%
Abstract adds something novel to the scientific or community discussion at the conference 40%
Presentation skills are well developed:
Oral presentations: presenter is clear, on-time and engaging
Poster presentations: information is clear and visually appealing


The Alan Brotherton HIV Cure Prize will be judged by a panel comprising a person living with HIV, a member of the HIV Cure Community Partnership and an expert in cure research.

The winner will be announced during conference closing plenary.