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Brown University to host national HIV scientific symposium Nov. 6

National Scientific Symposium of NIH Centers For AIDS Research

Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- More than 20 of the nation's leading HIV/AIDS researchers will discuss research advances against the epidemic at the National Scientific Symposium of Centers for AIDS Research Nov. 6 at Brown University.

Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of the Harvard Medical School will deliver the keynote address summarizing one of the most exciting current areas of research in the field -- the pursuit of a cure -- both in his lab and elsewhere. From there, a daylong series of speakers, representing CFARs around the country will present their latest work.

The scientific program is divided into four sessions: two concerning public health and epidemiology, one on immunology and molecular virology, and the final session on recent developments in the management of HIV and hepatitis C co-infection.

"All of the research presented at the symposium will be original work by young investigators, who will represent currently NIH-supported CFARs," said Dr. Charles Carpenter, director of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown University CFAR.

In the first session, for example, Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, will talk about his work using agent-based computational modeling to project the impact that implementing different combinations of prevention programs in drug-using populations would have in New York City. An hour later in the morning, George Washington University Assistant Professor Mudit Tyagi of the CFAR in Washington, D.C., will talk about defining unique biomarkers of latently infected immune system cells.

"It is an honor for the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown CFAR, one of nine CFARs which have been continually funded by the NIH for the last 16 years, to host the National Scientific Symposium," Carpenter said.

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The symposium begins at 8 a.m. in Sayles Hall on the College Green. It is open to the public, but advance registration is required.

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