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Does the body offer a natural protection against HIV?


Dr. Adrienne Meyers

Dr. Adrienne Meyers

Viruses hold the key to many important aspects of our understanding of biology, immunology and genetics — and all of them have information to offer. My passion for viruses led me to seek out a more in-depth understanding of immunology and how it relates to pathogenic viruses, which directed me to the research programs of Dr. Frank Plummer at the National Microbiology Laboratory/ Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the University of Manitoba. I spend a great deal of time working in sub-Saharan Africa, directing research projects and overseeing many of the studies on HIV/AIDS in one of the hardest hit parts of the world.

HIV — the genetic key 

This virus is responsible for more than 60 million infections since its discovery and it is estimated that more than 33 million individuals are currently living with HIV. The majority of these infections occur in resource-challenged environments where access to treatment is limited. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the hardest hit by the global HIV epidemic. Despite heroic efforts, including more than three decades in HIV research and vaccine design, we still remain without an effective licensed candidate.