Abstract Mentor Programme
The Abstract Mentor Programme (AMP) is a free mentoring initiative offered by the International AIDS Society to help young or less experienced researchers improve their written abstract skills and increase the chances of presenting their research.
The programme primarily offers support to researchers from resource-limited settings with the aim to strengthen abstracts before submitting to IAS 2019 in order to increase the chance of being accepted into the conference programme.
The AMP is completely independent of the IAS 2019 abstract review and selection process.
The AMP closed on 7 January 2019. We would like to thank the 60 mentors who generously shared their experience and knowledge with 118 authors.
“The AMP was a wonderful opportunity to obtain critical input from professionals on my abstract. The feedback ensures that the abstracts are scientifically sound, thus giving mentored abstracts a higher chance of being accepted for presentation. This programme is invaluable for resource-limited settings such as those in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Dr Borna Nyaoke-Anoke
Clinical Trial Manager, KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research, University of Nairobi, Kenya
“The AMP gives a good opportunity for early-career researchers, especially those from non-English speaking backgrounds, to work with experienced scientists and enhance their scientific presentation capabilities. The AMP has improved the quality of my abstract and reinforced my scientific research.”
Associate Professor/Researcher, Beijing Key Laboratory for HIV/AIDS Research, Center for Infectious Diseases, Beijing You’an Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
“Having been both a research mentor and mentee, I have found mentoring relationships to be have excellent examples of mutually beneficial professional relationships. The mentoring program provides the privileged insight into similar research and programs worldwide. Offering technical and editorial suggestions to improve the quality of abstracts also allows me to sharpen my research and programmatic skills. Thanks to the AMP, distance is no longer an obstacle to scientific growth!”
Dr Barbara Burmen
HIV Implementation Science Lead and Senior Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute Center for Global Health Research
“As an early-stage investigator, I look for every opportunity to hone my own research analytical skills while also assisting others. The AMP provides an excellent avenue for me do both while getting to appreciate the quality of abstracts that are submitted from research around the globe. Aspiring investigators often just need an added level of support to take their ideas and make them shine. The programme helps us uncover research diamonds in the rough."
Dr Anna Joy Rogers
Research Specialist, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, USA