Monday, July 23, 2012

CIRM HIV/AIDS disease team making news

Paula Cannon, University of Southern California
Today brings more news from the AIDS conference being held this week in Washington D.C. The local San Francisco NPR affiliate did a story for their Quest science program about one approach to a possible disease cure. They interviewed Timothy Ray Brown, who is the first person to have the HIV virus eliminated from his body. He had a type of bone marrow transplant that can’t be applied to all people with the disease. In the interview he said:
I’m hoping that when and if there is a cure it can be administered to the entire world. I think that’s going to happen. I’m hoping for it.
They also spoke with Paula Cannon from the University of Southern California, who is part of a CIRM-funded disease team that’s developing a way of making Brown’s experience more widely available. She said:
What we’re talking about are new kinds of medicines. We certainly don’t have the processes in place to make this cheap and easy yet, but I happen to believe that that’s just an engineering problem. If this works there’s going to be such excitement about this – such a big effort into figuring out how to do it at scale, to do it cheaply, that we’re just going to invent whole different ways of doing medicine.
Cannon’s team expects to start testing their approach in clinical trials within the next few years. You can learn more about Cannon’s approach to treating HIV/AIDS in this video we produced with the team leader John Zaia at The City of Hope:



Here’s a summary of their project on the CIRM website.

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