<P>Page 38 »Across the Divide » Hotez / England & Desmond / Madani/ Asghar DIALOGUE AND COLLABORATION OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE VAST AND TRULY REWARDING. – Dr. Navid Madani 14 faculty and students from the United States and Europe to travel to Iran for an extremely fruitful ?ve-day conference to discuss current topics in the ?eld of HIV/AIDS. The success of this conference led to other meetings in 2013 and to four new workshops planned over the next two years in Iran. In addition, several collaborations were initiated among participants, including an Iranian clinician training in the United States for two weeks, and students traveling from the United States to Iran to work on part of their thesis proposals. These sorts of collaborations are not without challenges. The political tension between the United States and Iran requires that such projects obtain special clearance from both governments. Funding is always an issue. However, the bene?ts derived from these collaborations are worth dealing with the challenges. Such collaborations decrease brain drain and motivate younger scientists to build their careers in-country. Working with Iranian scientists could open so many new doors and new perspectives in the study of atypical genetic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and rare cancers, which might be more di?cult to access in the West. By collaborating, we are enhancing science in resource-poor settings as well as adding the Iranian perspective to the global experimental community. Creating a global scienti?c community is important and re?ects the evolving nature of scienti?c investigation in general. My last research paper included 16 authors from 9 di?erent institutions. Building and sustaining such a collaboration is sometimes di?cult at ?rst; as scientists, by nature, we tend to sequester ourselves. 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