<P>CULTURES Vol 1, Issue 2 ยป Page 37 thought that in Iran I was the teacher and had nothing to learn in return, but that attitude changed when I was faced by these bright, inquisitive students. During subsequent trips, I became a learner too. I learned how not to rely on premade science kits and one-step answers to perform the task at hand. I learned to be creative in relaying my message while not avoiding complexity. I learned to not equate science in resource-poor settings with lack of knowledge; indeed, now I believe that necessity is the mother of invention, inquisitiveness, and innovation. The most important lesson has been that two-way, open-minded, and transparent dialogue is necessary for scienti?c exchanges and collaborations. Since my ?rst talk in Iran, I have been fortunate to go back on a regular basis to give seminars and workshops in my ?eld of HIV/AIDS. As I spoke with more people, I began to see opportunities to nucleate conversations that could go beyond experimental science and potentially have clinical impact. I became convinced that I needed to move beyond the bench, and to use my international ties to bring disparate viewpoints to bear on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Middle East. I began to engage with policy makers and politicians, drawing them into discussions with my Iranian clinical and scienti?c colleagues to address a variety of issues relating to HIV/AIDS. My educational trips led to identifying in-country partners to co-organize the ?rst International HIV/AIDS conference in October 2012 with strong collaborations with UNAIDS-Iran and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. We were able to invite Madani with Dr. Fardad Doroudi, Country Coordinator of UNAIDS in Iran, at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Tehran in October 2012.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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