5th South African HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Monitoring Workshop,
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

On behalf of the research group for the Free State Initiative on Resistance, Surveillance, and Treatment (FIRST) Study, a research project funded by European Union and the International Development Research Center (IDRC), the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies at UKZN and the University of the Western Cape CDC/PEPFAR program are pleased to invited you to participate in the 5th South African HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Monitoring Workshop at the Univerisity of the Free State Medical School, Bloemfontein, South Africa from 27 to 29 October 2010.

This was a large and very successful workshop, which was attended by 224 participants.

Please visit the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) website for more information on our activities. If you are interested in HIV and TB drug resistance , molecular epidemiology and bioinformatics courses in Africa, please visit our training section.

Poster of the workshop:
Highlight of the Workshop Program:


Program Includes:

Discussion of clinical cases.

Presentation on the Mechanism of HIV Drug Resistance

Practical workshop on the usage of resistance algorithms and databases
(on the 27 October 2010).

Affordable Resistance Testing Approaches

HIV-1 Drug Resistance in non-B subtypes

HIV Drug Resistance Databases (RegaDB and Stanford)

Using ARV resistance testing to manage paediatric patients

Geographic map of collaborators:

published letter to be available in PDF

Invited presenters (to be confirmed before the workshop):

Tulio de Oliveira, Justen Manasa and Richard Lessells, the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Somkhele, South Africa.

Chris Seebregts, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa.

Sharon Cassol and Theresa Rossouw, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Soo-Yon Rhee,  David Katzenstein and  Robert Shafer,  Stanford University, USA.

Gert van Zyl, Susan Engelbretch, Wolfgang Preiser, Division of Medical Virology, Department Pathology, NHLS, Tygerberg and Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Ashraf Grimwood, CEO, Kheth’Impilo, South Africa.

Ricardo Jorge Gonçalves Ornelas Camacho, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

Christina Zarowsky, Debra J Jackson, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Cloete van Vuuren, Dominique Goedhals, Dewald Steyn, Medical School, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Wendy S. Stevens, Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the
Witwatersrand and the National health Laboratory Service, South Africa.

Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Laboratory for Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, AIDS Reference Laboratory, Rega Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Diana Dickinson, private clinician, Gaborone, Botswana.

Rami Kantor, Brown University, USA.

Robin Wood, Catherine Orrell, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Christopher Hoffmann, Aurum Institute for Health Research, Johannesburg, South Africa.


SATuRN Meetings: Recent feature publications:

Download report of the workshop.

5th workshop to be announced soon...

Previous featured publications

Links to web-resources and viral databases:

Comprehensive links to HIV treatment, ARVs and drug resistance at HIVDB.

Comprehensive information on antiretroviral therapy in South Africa at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) website.


RegaDB collaborative mode* This copy of the database is accessible to SATuRN collaborators. RegaDB is a clinical management bioinformatics database that can be used to manage patients on ARVs and to do research on HIV-1 drug resistance clinical cases. Only published results are stored in the database. *no personal identification data can be stored in this database.

Other Viral databases:

RNA Virus Database - An international collaboration to create a relational database to all RNA virus genomes.

ViralZone - ViralZone is a Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics web-resource for all viral genus and families, providing general molecular and epidemiological information, along with virion and genome figures.

NCBI Viral Genomes - GenBank entry point for viruses.

Los Alamos HIV Sequence Database - HIV sequence database with reviews and bioinformatics programs.

Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) website.

Page last updated by Tulio de Oliveira.