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On Sunday March 3, 2019 in Seattle, the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition, AVAC, the DARE Community Advisory Board, the defeatHIV Community Advisory Board, European AIDS Treatment Group, Project Inform and TAG co-sponsored a community workshop on HIV cure research. The workshop has become an annual event that takes place immediately prior to the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

This year the workshop was split between two locations, with a morning session at the Seattle Crowne-Plaza hotel and an afternoon session in the main auditorium at the Seattle Public Library.

We thank all presenters, panelists and participants as well as Josh Belzman from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for live streaming video and the Seattle Public Library for hosting and assisting with the portion of the program that was open to the public.

Online reports from the workshop and available slide presentations and video links are posted below. Thank you to Fred Schaich, Jim Thompson, David Koesters and Richard Runabear from IFARA for filming the event and posting the YouTube videos to their AccessHIV channel.

Online reports


Welcome & introductions
Michael Louella
Community Engagement Project Manager/defeatHIV

Landscape Analysis of HIV Cure-Related Clinical Trials (video)
Liz Barr, Ph.D
Women’s HIV Research Collaborative, AIDS Clinical Trials Group

Recommendations for Analytical Antiretroviral Treatment Interruptions in HIV Research Trials – Report of a Consensus Meeting (video)
Lynda Dee
AIDS Action Baltimore, DARE Collaboratory Community Advisory Board (CAB)

HIV Cure Research Ethics Update – Considerations for Cell & Gene Therapies (video)
Karine Dubé, DrPH
Assistant Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Anti-Proliferative Therapy for HIV Cure (video)
Joshua T. Schiffer, MD, MSc
Associate Member, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division/Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

A. Toni Young, BELIEVE CAB

Primer on Cure (video)
Carl Dieffenbach, Ph.D
Director of the Division of AIDS (DAIDS),
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Pediatric HIV Cure Research Update: Remission Cases and Clinical Trials  (video)
Deborah Persaud, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD

Potential for HIV Cure by Stem Cell Transplantation, the IciStem Perspective (video)
Monique Nijhuis
Associate Professor University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands

African Myths and Misconceptions about the Cure of HIV (video)
Moses Supercharger
Head Stigmaless Uganda/Chair Joint Clinical Research Centre CAB

Panel Discussion – Concepts and Perceptions of HIV Cure Research (video)
Moderator: A. Toni Young, BELIEVE CAB

Tranisha Arzah, defeatHIV CAB
Danielle M. Campbell, MPH, AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition, DARE Collaboratory CAB
Itai Jeffries (Yèsah), Ph.D, Traditional Health Program Director, Seattle Indian Heath Board
Rev. Rob Newells, Executive Director, APEB, amfAR Institute CAB
Moses Supercharger, Head Stigmaless Uganda/Chair Joint Clinical Research Centre CAB
Laurie Sylla, defeatHIV CAB, MDC CAB, Director, Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center
Jeff Taylor, CARE Collaboratory CAB, amfAR Institute CAB

Recognition and Celebration of the 12th year of Timothy Ray Brown’s Cure (with Cake!) (video)
Michael Louella and Timothy Ray Brown

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