Italy relaunches HIV R&D programme
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Italian health ministry has relaunched its HIV/AIDS R&D programme, backed by funding of €9.8m ($13.7m) to the end of 2010. The main aims of the two-year programme, which builds on its 2006-08 predecessor, are to boost biomedical research, improve the network of HIV care centres and strengthen institutional links. It places strong emphasis on the development of "diagnostic technologies used to optimise therapy", such as markers for predicting and assessing responses and side-effects.