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Go Behind-The-Scenes: World AIDS Day 2022

Get a behind-the-scenes glance at what researchers are working on to uncover a cure for HIV. Raif Derrazi, HOPE’s CAB member, will catch up with Melanie Ott as she tours a biosafety lab at Gladstone Institutes and answers your questions about her HIV research.

This Instagram Live event will include a conversation with Patricia Defechereux. She will walk through an art exhibit presented as part of the Community Arts Integrated Research (CAIR) program that uses the creation of art as a vehicle for investigating and developing HIV cure education.

Message from a 52-year-old Australian mother with HIV living in Sydney recently diagnosed in October:

“If you haven’t watched/listened to Raif’s interview (on his IG) at Gladstone Institute on the research being done to find a cure for HIV, please watch it. It was so informative and their knowledge is mind-blowing. Seeing how passionate and dedicated the scientists are, who are heading up this research, has given me so much hope, that they will find a cure. Not only that, but knowing that these people, who have no idea who we are, are fighting for us, filled me with hope and gratitude. Thank you Gladstone Institute and thank you @RaifDerrazi, I feel so lucky to have found you”

In Conversations with Adam Castillejo, the London Patient

Adam is one of a very small group of individuals who have been “cured” of HIV following stem cell transplantation and has become a global advocate for HIV Cure research.

The HOPE Collaboratory had the honor of hosting Adam Castillejo, the London Patient for a panel to hear about his experience through this unique and challenging process.  Joined by clinicians, scientists, and community members from the Gladstone Institutes, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and several HOPE institutions discussed the impact and hurdles associated with developing an HIV Cure.

Adam Castillejo, the London Patient

Life After HIV

Meet the 2nd Person Cured of HIV, aka the “London Patient”

Introducing the Panelists:

Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, HOPE SAB Member, Director of CFAR, Medical Director of the Ward 86 HIV clinic

Kim Koester, PhD,  Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Researcher at CAPS

Luis Gutierrez-Mock, MA, MPH. HOPE CAB Member, Pandemic Response Specialist

Lishomwa Ndhlovu, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Immunology in Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Photo credits to Michael Short/Gladstone Institutes

New Approach to Developing a Cure for HIV

A multi-disciplinary group of researchers from around the world received $26.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to pursue a completely new strategy for curing HIV. The team is led by Melanie Ott (center) from Gladstone Institutes, as well as Susana Valente (left) from Scripps Research in Florida, and Lishomwa Ndhlovu (right) from Weill Cornell Medicine.