The first EPIICAL General Assembly meeting was held in an atmosphere of growing optimism. Many novel and exciting proposals for HIV research studies were discussed and are described above. The consortium aims to maintain this integrated developmental research on NDMTs, from predictive platforms to proof-of-concept studies, through the excellent collaborative effort made during the first 18 months of EPIICAL, some of which is described in this report. The emphasis on an innovative research platform is unique and may lead to optimisation of the management of perinatally HIV-infected children. Collectively, the updates and the discussions from the General Assembly attest to the benefit of nurturing an international collaborative effort on paediatric HIV research and confirm that EPIICAL is successfully on track.