A Nobel Laureate, Prof. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi has revealed that efforts are ongoing to develop a universal cure for HIV and cancer through collaboration.
Barre-Sinoussi, a co-discoverer of the virus, said this in Paris while conducting some select journalists on a tour of the sophisticated laboratories at Institut Pasteur.
Barre-Sinoussi who co-discovered the virus with Luc Montagnier in 1983 also stated that the HIV Cure and Cancer Forum would on Saturday be inaugurated at the Institut Curie in Paris.
“Efforts are now underway to determine if these cancer therapies can be used to build up the immune system of patients with HIV.
“This will be in such a way that HIV patients can achieve a durable and perhaps life-long treatment–free state of remission,” she said.
The former IAS President said that many of the key immune pathways now being therapeutically manipulated to cure cancer were first discovered in studies of chronic viral infections, particularly HIV.
IAS President, Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker, on her part, said that continued support for research was essential.
She said the gathering in Paris would be used to inform the global community that research cuts would reverse the progress made against HIV and put more lives at risk.
NAN reports that among those who led the IAS team round the laboratories were Prof. Olivier Schwartz, Head of Virus and Immunity Unit and Dr Asier Saez-Cirion, the Team Leader, HIV and Inflammation Unit. Also on the IAS team were Prof. Jean-Francois Delfraissy, Dr Jean-Francois Chambon and Prof. Francois Dabis.
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