With this week’s incredible news that doctors have cured an infant of HIV for the first time, optimism about the scientific community’s decades-long efforts to defeat HIV and AIDS has surged.
Roger Detels, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, has been on the front lines since 1981, when he started a study of AIDS in young homosexual men in Los Angeles. In 1983, he formed a collaborative study with centers at three other institutions: Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Johns Hopkins. This study, known as the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), is still going strong some 30 years later.
In his UCLA Faculty Research Lecture “Hang-in and Have Smart Friends: The Road to HIV Resistance,” Professor Detels shares the work of MACS and the process of studying — and preventing — HIV infections.
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