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July 12, 2011

Hopkins joins group looking to cure HIV

Unsatisfied with controlling HIV, researchers at Johns Hopkins and other institutions say they aren’t giving up on a cure. They are beginning a five-year initiative to completely purge the virus from people already successfully suppressing it with antiretroviral drugs.

Hundreds of thousands of the estimated million Americans living with HIV are in relatively good health thanks to 20 years of advances in treatment. But the researchers want to rid the body of the virus still hiding in immune system cells.

The consortium working on the initiative includes nine universities and Merck Research Laboratories. It is called the Martin Delaney Collaboratory, after the well known AIDS activist.

Virologist Janice Clements, vice dean for faculty and a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Hopkins infectious disease specialist Dr. Robert Siliciano will serve as co-investigators. The group will be led by Dr. David Margolis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will provide $32 million in funding for the group, which will pursue about a dozen projects to uncover how HIV remains hidden in the immune system’s T-cells and develop treatments.

“This group approach has me much more optimistic,” said Siliciano in a statement. He initially doubted a cure was possible after his initial discoveries about those small pockets of virus.
But, how he says, “After years of developing a better understanding of these HIV reservoirs, to the point where we can make and study latently infected T-cells in the laboratory, we are finally ready to go after them.”

Other partners on the project include Case Western Reserve University; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, San Francisco; The Gladstone Institute; the University of Minnesota; and the University of Utah.

Posted by Meredith Cohn at 12:30 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: HIV/AIDS
        

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This is great. Truly. A real collaborative effort by some of the best minds in the business has always been what was needed. Martin Delaney would be justifiably proud to know his name's on this.

Great news. We need HIV/AIDS education. It's very important!! CDC has granted CSU $1.9M for HIV/AIDS education. The number of members on the largest HIV dating&support site == pozspaces.com (if I spell the site correctly) has reached 500,000 members

There are 33,300,000 of HIV positive single people worldwide. If you are one of them and you are prepared to become a little brave then You may find that POZmingle. com is just for you. For you will come across new individuals who will certainly become life long friends or Love of life and achieve a degree of self-belief you never would have believed possible.

A whole lot of us are waiting for this cure.
When do you project this will come to be?

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.
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