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...
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...
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.
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.
A lot has happened in the two months since I wrote my last update on ARA’s cure research progress.
In early March, I flew to Boston, Massachusetts with ARA’s Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Brown, to attend the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections [CROI].
It was a productive visit. A number of sessions at CROI focused on the findings of other laboratories’ cure research. Learning what other teams are discovering in their research...
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