April 10, 1997
Media Contact: Marc Kusinitz
Phone: (410) 955-8665
To: Editors, writers, producers
From: Marc Kusinitz
Date: April 10, 1997
Subject: Hopkins & Microsoft Use Internet to Broadcast
For the first time, a conference on the latest treatments for people with HIV and AIDS by the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service will be "broadcast" globally on the Internet, using the AIDS Service's site on the World Wide Web.
The Webcast debuts a new technology called NetShow, which gives Internet users real-time audio and video of the conference presentations using free software provided by Microsoft Corp., which is underwriting the broadcast. The event takes place April 17-18 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.
The technology is expected to bring in thousands of viewers, many of whom are physicians practicing in developing countries who otherwise would not be able to attend the conference.
"The course will provide a state-of-the-art overview of the clinical care of patients with HIV infection, plus late-breaking news from clinical trials and basic research, including both primary care and the care of the complications of HIV diseases, such as opportunistic infections," says Richard Chaisson, M.D., director of the Hopkins AIDS Service. "Use of the World Wide Web to bring this information to care providers around the globe is an exciting new tool in the fight against AIDS."
Conference presenters include faculty from Hopkins, the Harvard School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Texas Tech University, Beth-Israel Deaconness Medical Center (Boston) and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (Chicago).
Individuals who want to attend the seminar by Internet can access the NetShow at http://www.hopkins-aids.edu beginning at 8 a.m. EST on April 17. To download the free software required for the broadcast, users must visit the Microsoft NetShow Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/netshow.
If you plan to cover this event from the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel to observe the telecast as it occurs at the conference, please call me at (410) 955-8665.