December 01, 2017

DHVI Recognizes World AIDS Day

On December 1, 2017 the DHVI recognized World AIDS Day with a reception featuring four guest speakers.

DHVI Director, Barton Haynes, MD discussed his early work with HIV and emphasized the collaborative efforts needed to develop a virus. Next, DHVI Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Denny, MSc, MPhil, discussed how he became involved in HIV research and building quality infrastructure to support HIV research. HIV Vaccine Trials Research and Mentoring Program (HVTN RAMP) scholar, Shay Behrens gave a presentation on how her work in a non-governmental organization (NGO) influenced her decision to come to Duke Medical School and conduct basic research in Dr. David Montefiori's laboratory. For the HVTN RAMP program, she is working on a research project entitled “Identification of Early Intermediates of the VRC01-class of CD4bs bnAbs in HIV-1 Infected Individuals”.

We also had a special guest presentation from Dr. Allison Matthews from 2BeatHIV, UNC Chapel Hill. The 2beatHIV project is based at UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease and Department of Social Medicine. They are part of a 5 year, NIH funded grant called searcHIV, focused on examining the social and ethical aspects of research on curing HIV (learn more at the link).

All members of DHVI were also asked to participate in an art project in honor of World AIDS Day. Look for a future picture of this great collaborative art project!