Research in Action: Arts build HOPE and a bridge between science and public
Published in The Chronicle Journal Thursday, January 31, 2023.
BY JULIO HELENO GOMES
A world-wide effort to find a lasting cure for one of the biggest epidemics of the modern age is using art to help researchers understand how their work is being perceived and to engage the public in reaching their goal. One of the community engagement leaders is an award-winning Lakehead University professor who hopes such artworks will be on display in Thunder Bay, for Lakehead’s Research and Innovation Week, to shed light on research into HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus.
“Professor Lishomwa Ndhlovu of Weill Cornell Medical School in New York is a Principal Investigator in a global research consortium called HOPE which stands for HIV Obstruction by Programmed Epigenetics. The type of obstruction that tat inhibition may induce is an example of epigenetics.”
“I am a Work of ART” is a community-informed national campaign designed to encourage people with HIV who are not in care for HIV to seek care, stay in care, and achieve viral suppression by taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). People with HIV who take HIV medicine (called antiretroviral therapy) as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viral load can live long and healthy lives and will not transmit HIV to their HIV-negative partners through sex.
Bethesda, MD – MHRP is part of two multi-institution research teams, or “Collaboratories”, that were awarded funds from NIH to develop an integrated approach to finding an HIV cure. These research projects bring together some of the leading researchers in the cure field and will help advance strategies to induce HIV remission.
JUPITER, Fla. — A local scientist at Scripps Research in Jupiter is on the frontlines of finding a cure for HIV. Susana Valente, an associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, is part of a group of researchers from around the world working on a new strategy to find a cure.