‘Fireflies’ Light the Way to Understanding Female HIV Transmission


Northwestern Receives $17 Million Grant for HIV Prevention Research

Northwestern Medicine scientists have received a 5-year, $17.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an interdisciplinary project that aims to invent, develop and test an implantable drug delivery system to protect high-risk individuals from HIV infection for up to a year at a time. Read More...


The Hope lab maintains a multi-lab program project grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This goal of this CAVD grant is to learn how HIV is transmitted through the genital mucosa. We have coordinated research from several HIV labs across the country as part of goal to gain a better understanding of HIV transmission. Our efforts include focus on tracking the movement of virus through mucosal secretions and discovering more about components in the body with wish the virus interacts. Our hopes are that by learning more about how and what HIV is interacting with while in the genital mucosa we can help develop better treatments, therapies, and preventative medicine in combatting HIV acquisition and spread.

World AIDS Day

Every December 1st World AIDS Day is recognized globally. Observance began in 1988 in European countries and the President of the United States has recognized observance of the day in the US since 1995. There are currently over 30 million people currently living with AIDS in the world. A large proportion of these people reside in underdeveloped countries where the disease continues to run unchecked. Part of the goal of World AIDS Day is to bring awareness that better preventative medicine and treatments are still needed to fight against HIV infection.

Northwestern hosted a World AIDS Day symposium December 2nd, 2013. This included speakers from laboratories on the forefront of HIV research.

Advances in HIV medicine

We collaborate closely with the laboratory of Patrick Kiser. In recent news the Kiser lab demonstrated effective use of a vaginal ring which carries medicine to prevent both HIV acquisition and pregnancy in animal studies. We are working with the Kiser lab now to bring these experiments into a non-human primate model to gain even more understanding as to how they affect the body and surrounding tissue.

AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses

Tom Hope is the Editor-in-Chief of the first AIDS focused journal. ARHR is celebrating 30 years in the HIV/AIDS field. Included this year are special issues on cure research, prevention science, guest editors, and more. Please check out the journal website and a letter from the editor for more information.

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