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Tom Wagner, New ARA Donor, on the Value of Volunteering

Tom_Wagner_Korea_June2014_055_6x4 Thomas Wagner is an active volunteer in the Los Angeles area. After retiring from a position as a senior business analyst for a land title insurance company, he decided to dedicate his time and energy to helping local nonprofits. Luckily, he found AIDS Research Alliance, and we can now count him among our loyal supporters. Here, we talk with Tom about what motivates him to give back, and why he hopes for a cure for... Read More





Carolyn Carlburg, Former President & CEO, Moves On

LeVar_CC_Barry_crop Many of you came to know Carolyn Carlburg over her nine years as President and CEO of AIDS Research Alliance. This summer, she left our organization to join family and to pursue opportunities on the east coast. Dr. Stephen Brown, ARA’s longtime Medical Director, will now lead the organization as interim President & CEO. Dr. Brown has been with AIDS Research Alliance since 1997, and has been the driving force behind our cure research ever... Read More





A Milestone: ARA Extracts Patient’s HIV Reservoir Cells

IMG_4707 Just last week, we at AIDS Research Alliance reached an important milestone: We conducted our first leukapheresis procedure, working with an HIV-positive patient to extract white blood cells, which harbor the rare HIV reservoir cells, from his blood. Why is this important? Because the reservoir cells are what prevent doctors from curing HIV/AIDS. By having a sample of these cells, we will be able to advance our studies, testing prostratin’s activation efficacy on... Read More





Why Does Adam Dachis Volunteer for Clinical Research?

Adam_On_the_Plane To better understand what volunteering for a clinical trial entails, we spoke with Adam Dachis, a new media buff and published author, about his experience as a volunteer for the HIV vaccine trial (HVTN 505) overseen by the NIH, and conducted here at ARA. Read More





Meet Athena, Our Lunch with LeVar Winner

Athena_in_Star_Trek_outfit_200 We are pleased to announce that we have a winner for our Lunch with LeVar giveaway. Athena, a music teacher in the Fremont Unified School District in Northern California, will be having lunch with LeVar Burton at one of his favorite L.A. hotspots this summer. The giveaway, which was posted on numerous blogs, Facebook pages, and websites, received over 13 million impressions. Read More





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