The Research Institute for Health Sciences (RIHES), Chiang Mai University, expresses its deep condolence over the loss of life of the passengers and crew of flight MH17 on Thursday, 17 July 2014. We took notice of the sad news that several academics and health-care providers working on HIV/AIDS were on board travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Among these was Joep Lange who was co-director of the HIV Netherlands Australia Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT). At RIHES, we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We stand in solidarity with the families, friends and colleagues who have perished in this tragedy.