The Annual Course on Principles of STD and HIV Research was first held in 1993 with the aim of offering an intensive overview of the skills needed to pursue a research career in the field of STD. Since then, more than 1500 participants have attended. Each year, an average of 100 participants from approximately 25 different countries attend the course.
The importance of cross-disciplinary STD and HIV research is growing; such approaches have become essential in research design and in obtaining research funding. The course duration has been limited to two weeks in order to encourage individuals who are establishing active research careers to attend.
Course faculty are international leaders in the field of STD/HIV research and come from the University of Washington as well as other research institutions in Seattle and across the globe. Faculty vary from year to year. The 2015 course topics and faculty is now available and a list of some prior course topics and faculty is available here.