2012 Conference

Closer to a Cure?

UWW Cyber Digest

In 2012, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. will invest 10% of its total research budget – $3.1 billion – in HIV research. Of that funding, more than $14 million a year over five years will be devoted to finding a cure. The NIH is funding three teams focused on developing strategies that could help rid the body of HIV. Each research team is pursuing a unique and complementary approach while finding ways to work together. Later this year, CIHR will announce about $10 million to support one to three multidisciplinary cure research teams, with a focus on basic science that can be translated into clinical applications. What is the potential for HIV cure research? What are we learning? Which approaches show the greatest promise? Will this work lead to better treatments for today as well as a cure for tomorrow? What is the role for Canadian and Ontario researchers in the search for the cure?

Robert F. SilicianoRobert F. Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Siliciano has a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins. Siliciano researches the mechanisms by which the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains latent in the human body.

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Brad JonesBrad Jones, Ph.D. is currently a Research Associate at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard and a holder of an OHTN Junior Investigator Development Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, working with Dr. Mario Ostrowski. Currently, Brad is working with Drs. Bruce Walker and Darrell Irvine on harnessing a technology developed at MIT to enhance the ability of immune cells (T-cells) to detect and kill latently HIV infected cells.

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Patrick SullivanPatrick Sullivan, DVM, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, and the Co-Director of the Prevention Sciences Core at Emory's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Sullivan's research focuses on HIV among men who have sex with men, including behavioral research, interventions, and surveillance.

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