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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 later this spring. The giveaway, which was posted on numerous blogs, Facebook pages, and websites, received over 13 million impressions. Read More





Updates from the Lab: CROI Takeaways & Our New Apheresis Machines

Apheresis_machine_600 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... Read More





A Look Inside ARA’s Institutional Review Board

Herm__CC_400 Herminio R. Reyes, M.S., Ph.D. is a longtime member of the AIDS Research Alliance Institutional Review Board. Dr. Reyes is also an academic associate and consultant to the biomedical, biopharmaceutical and clinical laboratory industries, as well as a patient advocate and educator. Here, we talk with Dr. Reyes about how he came to volunteer for AIDS Research Alliance, what an Institutional Review Board does, and why he still gives back to ARA -... Read More





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