Meetings & Events


The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) provides advice to the OAR Director on the planning, coordination, and evaluation of research and other HIV/AIDS activities conducted or supported by the NIH. The OARAC also advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Director of NIH, and the Director of OAR on HIV/AIDS research programs and the development and annual review of the comprehensive NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research.

Upcoming OARAC Meetings

Sponsored Events and Activities

OAR convenes scientific workshops, bringing together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of the science and recommend cutting-edge initiatives. OAR also sponsors meetings to disseminate findings from high-priority scientific research to communities affected by the HIV epidemic. Finally, OAR hosts listening sessions to obtain feedback on HIV research priorities from people living with HIV and the community organizations that support them.

Upcoming Events and Activities

To be announced.

Past Events

OAR BSSR-focused symposium at IAS 2019

The OAR hosted a behavioral and social sciences (BSSR) focused symposium at the 10th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science on July 23, 2019, in Mexico City. The symposium titled “Approaches and Opportunities in HIV-related Behavioral and Social Sciences Research: A View from the National Institutes of Health” informed and updated the IAS conference attendees on NIH supported priorities and opportunities in HIV/AIDS-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Top international researchers and NIH AIDS leadership provided an overview of NIH HIV-related BSSR and insights into future directions of the NIH AIDS Research Program. OAR Director Dr. Maureen M. Goodenow chaired the symposium. This symposium supports IAS Conference Track D, “Social, behavioral and implementation science.” Click here to learn more.


NIH Office of AIDS Research Offered New HIV/AIDS Prize in 2019 DEBUT Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), in association with VentureWell, conducted the 2019 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge to recognize undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. With OAR’s support, DEBUT offered a new $15,000 HIV/AIDS prize for a project that was judged to be the strongest in developing an engineering or technologically based solution to a current HIV/AIDS prevention and/or health care problem. Entries by undergraduate teams were judged on the significance of the problem being addressed, the impact on potential users and clinical care, innovative design, and a working prototype. The submission deadline was May 31, 2019. Winners were announced on August 27, and winning teams were honored at an award ceremony during the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in October 2019. Read on for more information about the 2019 DEBUT challenge and 2018 winning entries.


This page last reviewed on March 23, 2020