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Silencing the HIV Reservoir: The ‘Block and Lock’ Approach

  • Wednesday, December 16

    1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET

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    Susana Valente, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Immunology & Microbiology

    Some viruses avoid immune system antiviral attacks by going into deep sleep until the right moment to reemerge. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is one of the sneakiest. While anti-retroviral therapy works well to stop the virus, if people with HIV forget to take their medicine, the latent virus awakens and becomes a threat again. Research by Valente suggests it’s possible to block the virus’ ability to reemerge (or wake up), locking it in a long-term dormant state. She is advancing a possible medicine derived from a marine sponge to do just that.