TOULON, FRANCE, February 21, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Can HIV infection ever be cured? The prospect of efficiently controlling HIV persistence in infected persons without permanent antiretroviral therapy is the hard task a group of researchers has addressed since 2003.
Dr. Alain Lafeuillade, MD, PhD (a French doctor and researcher working on HIV Reservoirs), along with other international researchers, organizes every two years the International Workshop on HIV Persistence, Reservoirs & Eradication Strategies. The next workshop will be held in December 2011.
During their meetings, they bring together basic scientists and clinical researchers to speed up the search for a HIV cure
. Last October they also launched a web portal dedicated to the community of researchers working on HIV reservoirs
, which has become an active link between scientists, making connections all around the world.
Current antiretroviral therapy does not eradicate HIV in the body, is life-long, includes some toxicities, and is not affordable for a lot of patients around the world. HIV remains hidden in some cells (the HIV reservoirs), located in different anatomic compartments. Understanding the mechanisms of HIV latency requires molecular biologists, virologists, and immunologists to work together.
"With this multi-disciplinary working group, I am confident that we will bring HIV-infected patients better therapeutic strategies in the near future," said Doctor Alain Lafeuillade, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases in France and coordinator of these initiatives. "Our main tactic is to promote innovative ideas off the beaten path," he added.
The group will meet in Boston at the end of February, taking advantage of the unique opportunity provided by the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) that will gather 4,000 HIV specialists between Feb 27 and Mar 3, 2011.
About the HIV Persistence Workshop & the Research Community on HIV Reservoirs: http://www.hiv-reservoir.net
Video Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueAIQ_Bq60A
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