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Generous Grant Accelerates the Race to Cure AIDS

With HIV/AIDS still infecting millions globally, amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research) recently launched its “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS” initiative, which is strategically investing $100 million in uncovering the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. To lead this effort, the organization chose a multidisciplinary team of world-class scientists, clinicians, and industry experts and established the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, led by Paul Volberding, MD (second from right), director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute and Robert L. Weiss Memorial Chair for HIV/AIDS Research. The amfAR Institute is based at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus.

The team hopes to uncover the mysteries of HIV’s resourcefulness and discover an economical, orally administered, and transportable cure. The ambitious five-year timeline means team members will need to take risks and push boundaries. But with the potential to help millions of people and end one of the worst infectious disease epidemics in human history, they are more than up for the challenge.

Read the complete story in UCSF Magazine.

UCSF’s amfAR Institute for Cure Research team members discuss next steps in the storied Ward 86 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

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