UC San Diego AVRC Hosts National HIV Scientists for 2015 Cure Conference
June 15, 2015 (SAN DIEGO) – At a time when dozens of research trials are challenging the long-held assumption that HIV is incurable, The UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center (AVRC) will once again be hosting an innovative and engaging program of presentations geared at advancing our knowledge of HIV care, treatment and cure.
The open-to-all free event will take place at the SD LGBT Community Center on the evening of Tuesday June 16th. This year’s HIV Cure Conference will serve as a unique venue for engaging the broader HIV community with new advancements in cure research trials, as well as bringing together a diverse group of national experts from the HIV community.
The focus of the program will address collaborative efforts to enhance cure trials, and updates on cutting edge technology that can accelerate the development and dissemination of promising new HIV treatments.
The line-up of renowned panelists include local HIV specialist Doug Richman, MD, director of the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research. Richman is credited with discovering HIV resistance to antiviral medications and will discuss UCSD’s role in collaborative cure research trials. Warner Greene, MD, Professor of Medicine Microbiology and Immunology at UC San Francisco will provide information regarding the importance of initial innate host responses in HIV cure research. David Margolis, MD, the leader of CARE: the Collaboratory of AIDS Researcher for Eradication, will update attendees how scientists are working together to leverage research and resources across this consortium.
Jerry Zack, MD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will present cutting edge information on the activation and elimination of HIV reservoirs. Within HIV disease progression, the virus can remain in hidden reservoirs where medications are not able to effectively treat an individual. New directions are underway to “activate” these HIV reservoirs in order to eliminate the virus.
“We need to know the future of treatment. And this is it. Stimulating reservoirs is the next decade of research.” notes Michael Braddon, an AVRC Community Advisory Board member.
2015 HIV Cure Conference
The Conference is made possible through collaborations with the SD LGBT Community Center, The Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute, and the UC San Diego AVRC Community Advisory Board (CAB). The UC San Diego AVRC CAB meets on a monthly basis and aims to advocate for the community by providing members a voice to influence how clinical trials are conducted.
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