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  • How to Keep HIV Cure-Related Trials Ethical: The Benefit/Risk Ratio Challenge

    While high or unknown risks are a mainstay of early-phase trials in areas like cancer research, cure study participants typically have a safe and efficacious alternative to those risks: remaining on antiretrovirals. Can we justify asking patients who are doing well on antiretrovirals to accept the risk and uncertainty of many HIV cure-related trials? If we cannot, we might need to give up on the hope of curing HIV, or of achieving controlled remission.

    22 February 2017 | BMJ Blogs
  • Cake, candles and a wish for more HIV cures

    An HIV workshop pays tribute to Timothy Ray Brown, whose cure 10 years ago fueled research — and hope

    14 February 2017 | Fred Hutch
  • In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

    David Evans, director of research advocacy at Project Inform, talks about an ambitious HIV cure social science research project that will investigate some of the ethical and moral dilemmas cropping up in HIV cure research.

    09 February 2017 | BETA blog
  • Study shows how HIV breaches macrophage defenses, could be step towards cure

    A team led by UCL researchers identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell, despite the presence of a protective protein. They discovered a treatment to maintain macrophage defenses that could help lead to an HIV cure.

    26 January 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • Gene Therapy to Cure HIV: Where to from Here?

    In a commentary published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs, amfAR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston discusses what needs to be done to overcome the barriers to gene therapy to cure HIV, including increasing the effectiveness of gene editing, targeting it to the right cells in the body, and optimizing the length of time it stays in the body to safely achieve its goal.

    24 January 2017 | amfAR
  • Is the Hope for a Miracle Cure Just Magical Thinking?

    I can’t stop myself from hoping that someday we will see a miracle cure and HIV will be history. I know this isn’t realistic. But whenever I see a mention of a miracle cure, I can’t stop myself from checking it out. Always disappointing. Should I give up hope?

    23 January 2017 | HIV Plus
  • Turning “off” these 3 genes would protect T cells from HIV

    A team of researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and the Broad Institute of MIT And Harvard have recently identified human genes that could be the key to a gene therapy-based HIV treatment.

    17 January 2017 | BETA blog
  • Converging Roads Between HIV and Cancer Research

    In 2017, a key focus in the field of HIV will be investigating new ways to tackle persistence via interactions and synergies with other fields such as cancer research and immune-based therapies. This will take centre stage when the scientific community convenes in July 2017 at the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum and the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017).

    16 January 2017 | International AIDS Society
  • Gilead Awards More Than $22 Million in Grants to Support HIV Cure Research

    Gilead Sciences, Inc. today announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program, a fund totaling more than $22 million, which will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. These projects will be conducted by leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations and community groups from around the world, focusing on three key areas: translational research, efficacy studies in animal models and community perspectives of HIV cure.

    10 January 2017 | Gilead press release
  • How close are we to a cure for HIV? A Q&A with HIV cure scientific superstars

    What’s going on in HIV cure research? Is it ethical to take people off of HIV antiretrovirals if they participate in HIV cure research? These were some of the questions that lead researchers who are part of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research at UCSF tackled at a forum on World AIDS Day this year.

    22 December 2016 | BETA blog
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