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Carl Dieffenbach on U.S. Government Support for HIV Cure Research (Video)

August 28, 2015

Fred Schaich of IFARA spoke with Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D., director of the Division of AIDS at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the U.S. government's role in researching a cure for HIV. According to Dieffenbach, the government is a "funder of fundamental science" so a proof of concept can be achieved. "Industry will then know what to do" with that concept, he continued.

Topics that research needs to address include the role of broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies in fighting HIV and the role the viral reservoir plays in the replication of HIV. These gaps in our knowledge must be addressed by "the best and the brightest" across medical disciplines, because "we can only solve the problems we understand," Dieffenbach believes. To that end we must continue to stimulate the next generation to enter the field, he concluded.

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Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York.

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The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

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This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.

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