PAHO's New Collaborative Virtual Space Will Help Enhance Scientific Papers and Proposals

Washington, D.C., January 30, 2008 (PAHO)— The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a new Collaborative Virtual Space to help individuals, organizations and groups in the Americas Region submit contributions to technical meetings, congresses and conferences.

The new web-based initiative is linked to the upcoming International AIDS Conference, to be held in Mexico City in August 2008, and seeks to improve the overall quality of submissions for this and other major health events. The site is intended as a "paper clinic" that will allow a greater number of contributions from the Region to be accepted and presented during this and other scientific meetings.

The PAHO Collaborative Virtual Space aims to help authors and presenters prepare abstracts, papers, posters, and presentations through links to selected online writing and research tools and through tutoring by senior PAHO technical experts. It will initially provide direct assistance for the development of papers to be submitted to the Scientific Committee of the Mexico City International AIDS Conference.

Target beneficiaries include Latin American and Caribbean researchers and practitioners who are developing HIV-related research activities in the PAHO Region, as well as Latin American and Caribbean researchers working overseas.

Dr. Rafael Mazin, PAHO's Regional Advisor for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Comprehensive Care, notes that many researchers are unable to share their studies and findings because they may not be sufficiently familiar with procedures for organizing, presenting, and disseminating them.

"Furthermore, they may not succeed in having them accepted at congresses, conferences and technical discussions because of purported 'deficiencies' or 'weaknesses' in the structure and overall organization of their research papers," says Dr. Mazin. "As a result, the Americas Region and the world are deprived of invaluable experiences and findings that could help to reorient programs, initiatives and interventions at all levels."

The new PAHO Collaborative Virtual Space will focus initially on the following areas:

The PAHO Collaborative Virtual Space is an "ongoing endeavor" that will be modified and expanded through the contributions and opinions of users. "Further support will be provided for the development of presentations and posters and for last-minute submissions," notes Dr. Mazin.

To submit applications for tutorship, please send an e-mail with your contact information, position title, and a brief description of the paper, proposal or poster to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For further information on the PAHO Collaborative Virtual Space, please contact Dr. Rafael Mazin, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care - Family and Community Health Area, Pan American Health Organization - PAHO/WHO at                     202 974 3489         , or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information on the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008), please visit its web site.

The Pan American Health Organization, founded in 1902, works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their peoples. It -serves as the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO).