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March 23, 2021 - Behind the Scenes of the 2021 ATN Virtual Spring Meeting, April 28-29

Hear from the people who worked to plan the upcoming 2021 Spring ATN Virtual Meeting in this short video. The meeting will be held April 28-29. The ATN meets biannually as a way to come together, share information, and collaborate.

Press play to view the video and you can also see a text transcript below.

For more details about the meeting, including registration details and a draft agenda, visit the conference page here.

Text Transcript 

Text on screen: Behind the Scenes of the 2021 ATN Virtual Spring Meeting, April 28-29

Voiceover: Behind the Scenes of the 2021 ATN Virtual Spring Meeting.

Text on screen: Let’s check in with the people who planned the Spring meeting…

Voiceover: Let’s check in with the people who planned the Spring meeting.

Elijah Dean: I think it’s, it’s awesome that we’re at a point in this iteration of the ATN where, like, we’re starting to analyze the data and report back on those findings.

Megan Mueller Johnson: I’ve witnessed everything going from like, a protocol proposal stage, to execution. So now we’re like starting to hear, you know, results.

Booker Shorter: My favorite would be the roundtables.

Nicole Blanton: I’m really excited about the virtual poster session.

Tara Kerin: Doing the perspective from a study participant.

Seyram Butame: The choice of keynotes has always been great. It’s usually someone who has sort of like, a deep historical knowledge of the field and they are able to convey that and then tie that into the work we do.

Elijah Dean: I hope that folks come away with a lot more knowledge of, of what their own U19 is doing, what other U19s are doing, and the ATN as a whole.

Kendrick Forte: I hope that everyone can realize that we are together as one ATN, even though we have individual projects, we could still lean on each other.

Megan Mueller Johnson: I think there’s always a spirit of - you can talk to anyone at ATN meetings.

Kendrick Forte: I also hope that there is some sort of learning experience. Not just more of everyone just sitting back, and sharing information, but that people are actually able to learn.

Seyram Butame: The conference will help to reinforce the idea that in, sort of our broader mission of providing care and treatment services for youth populations that are at-risk or living with HIV.

Tara Kerin: I do want to hear from the youth, I want to understand exactly, you know, what it is that they need and want, and how I can help, and facilitate you know, sort of, studies to get them where they need to be. I think that’s what makes this conference so unique in my opinion, rather than any other conference I go to.

Booker Shorter: We want the community to understand the work that we do.

Daniel Rodriguez: To show the community that, this is what we do, this is all of our, like, goals, right?

Kendrick Forte: I hope that we’re able to get like, a sense of unity out of it.

Daniel Rodriguez: I would just…I just think it’s nice to see, for April, like, if we can like, do that together. You know?

Shown on screen: The ATN logo on a white background. Text says

Text on screen: See you at the meeting! April 28-29, 2021. Visit

Text on screen: Appearing in this video: Members of the ATN Meeting Planning Committee. Nicole Blanton, UNC - Chapel Hill; Seyram Butame, Florida State University; Elijah Dean, UNC - Chapel Hill; Kendrick Forte, ATN-YEAH (Youth Experts and Advocates for Health) member; Tara Kerin, UCLA; Megan Mueller Johnson, University of Michigan; Daniel Rodriguez, ATN Executive Committee member; Booker Shorter, ATN Executive Committee member

Text on screen: The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) research program aims to defeat the HIV epidemic among adolescents and young adults in the United States. ATN is led by investigators with innovative thinking and novel approaches to increase awareness of HIV status in youth and, for those diagnosed with HIV, increase access to health care. Visit to learn more 

Text on screen: ATN is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U24HD089880. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Text on screen: Music credits: Hand In Hand by Nicolai Heidlas. Music is licensed under a Creative Commons License.​ Support by RFM - NCM: Fresh Air - Wayne John Bradley. Fresh Air by Wayne John Bradley is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Music provided by Audio Library

More about the Meeting

Visit the events page for more about this meeting, including a draft agenda, how to register, more about keynote speakers and other highlights.