amfAR Grantees Named to TIME’s 2013 Top 100 List
amfAR grantees Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, along with Dr. Hannah Gay of the University of Mississippi, have been included in the 2013 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The women orchestrated the case of the first child to be cured of HIV in March.
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Drs. Persaud and Luzuriaga set up a research collaboratory to explore and document possible pediatric HIV cure cases with a grant from amfAR.
“These findings show that early HIV treatment has even greater benefits than previously thought,” wrote Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in his tribute to the researchers for TIME. “With other preventive measures and better science, we now have a historic opportunity to control the spread of HIV.”
The full text of the tribute can be found here.
“This is a well-deserved accolade for the women who riveted the science world last month with their case,” said Dr. Rowena Johnston, amfAR vice president and director of research. “Their landmark finding shows us that a cure for HIV could come in ways we never anticipated, and we are proud to be working with these pioneering researchers.”