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IAS Cure symposium 2015 -day 1

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Greetings from Vancouver IAS 2015! Reporting back after Day 1 of the 2-day IAS Cure symposium. 

Our key speakers today included:

  • Dan Kuritzkes who gave a nice overview of the progress and challenges in HIV cure research
  • John Mascola on neutralising antibodies including bispecific (combination) antibodies and the "ideal" antibody - cheaper, longer half life, subcutaneous delivery, more potent, greater breadth. There are two good sessions on neutralising antibodies MOBS03 on 20 July 11am and WESY06 on 22 July for those interested in this topic. Both should be terrific sessions.
  • Marcus Altfeld spoke about immune recognition following latency reversal, and drew on his expertise on NK cells. They have a new nef inhibitor.
  • Matthew Sharp - reminded us to keep the community engaged and also highlighted a great resource CUREiculum Take a look.

We had two "roundtables" today: one on paediatric HIV cure research and the other on combination therapy. There was robust discussion about the need to advance cure research in paediatric children in parallel with adults, but at the same time being sensitive to the issues of risk and acceptability. Some of the most interesting work in HIV cure research is being done in hyper-acute/ very-very early commencement of ART in paediatrics with the aim to reduce the establishment of the latent HIV viral reservoir, +/- in combination with neutralising antibodies +/- structured treatment interruption. Did you know there is an infant monkey model? Well, there is!

Some new ideas presented today included Ingenol a Protein kinase C inhibitor (Planelles), and CD4 mimetics (Finzi), AGS004 a fully autologous DC-based immunotherapy electrophorated with autologous HIV RNA and genetic differences in the reservoir (Karn). 


David Evans from Project Inform reminded us on the need to manage the excitement about progress in cure research.

The oral abstracts are under embargo so I cannot detail those here. For those interested in HIV cure research, please follow the road mapHIV Pathogenesis (Molecular Biology - Virology - Reservoirs) found on the IAS website. 

Till next time.


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