We won’t stop until we’ve eradicated HIV/AIDS
Our Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Dr. Marisa Briones (left) and our President & CEO, Carolyn Carlburg (right) welcome actor, director and writer, LeVar Burton to AIDS Research Alliance. Mr. Burton has toured our research clinic and laboratories on several occasions over the past year, asking insightful questions and following with great enthusiasm our research targeting the HIV reservoirs.
(All photos courtesy of Evans V. Ward)
Here are stories from our dedicated team of professionals:
Carneka Grant, Recruitment Manager
I love my job! I work on the frontlines, engaging potential study volunteers and telling them how they can make a real difference in the fight against AIDS. Our outreach happens in traditional settings, like at health fairs and Pride events, and in non-traditional settings, like on the street, or in a club, or at a sporting event. But our goal is to make learning about HIV/AIDS research easy and even fun! My motto is: it’s better to be an attraction than a nuisance. So if you see me out, feel free to say “hi,” get a hug, or pull me out on the dance floor! We’re in this fight together, and it sure doesn’t hurt to have a little fun on our way to doing important scientific work. I’m approachable, and you can ask me anything. People usually do! I love that.
Kevin Griggs, PharmD, Clinical Research Pharmacist
A wise person once told me, “Find a job that you love doing, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” And I’m very fortunate to have found that special place at AIDS Research Alliance. Every day, I get the opportunity to contribute meaningfully in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and advance the field ever closer to fulfilling our mission and vision: to CURE HIV/AIDS. My job is so rewarding, because I get to fight along side a talented and passionate group of scientists and professionals at AIDS Research Alliance. I am most inspired by our study volunteers, who give so generously of themselves to help us bring an end HIV and AIDS.
Adam Norris, Clinical Research Assistant
Each morning on my way to work, I am confident that I will be presented with new, interesting challenges and people that motivate me to do my best. The environment at AIDS Research Alliance is one that encourages the promotion of ideas, which is extremely important to a company that prides itself on diversity. I don’t view my job so much as work, but as an experience. I feel fortunate to be a part of an incredible team.
Allen “Buddy” Green, MD, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee
I’m a family physician who specializes in ‘Integrative Medicine,’ which combines conventional western medicine with alternative and complementary therapies. I was attracted to AIDS Research Alliance because of its willingness to explore a wide range of treatment options for HIV/AIDS – from state-of-the-art bioengineering to mining the data from centuries-old traditions. Even though AIDS Research Alliance has been involved in the research of natural and phytochemicals for many years, I saw that I could bring my own experience with natural medicine to bear in advising the agency’s first-rate scientific team.
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