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UNC HIV Cure Seminar Series

Monday, June 24, 2019

"T cells and HIV Cure"

Bruce Walker, MD
Director, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

June 27, 2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
1131 Bioinformatics
UNC Campus (directions)

Bruce Walker, MD, is the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Professor of Immunology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a professor of microbiology and immunobiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator. He is the founding and current director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, whose mission is to create cross-disciplinary collaborations in order to harness the immune system to prevent and cure human disease.

In addition to his clinical duties as an infectious diseases specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, his research focuses on cellular immune responses in chronic human viral infections with a particular focus on HIV immunology and vaccine development. He leads an international translational clinical and basic science research effort to understand how some rare people who are infected with HIV, but have never been treated, can fight the virus with their immune system.

Dr. Walker is also an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. He is a co-founder of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH, recently renamed the Africa Health Research Institute, AHRI), an initiative initially funded by HHMI to build a state of the art TB-HIV research facility at the heart of these dual epidemics in South Africa. Dr. Walker is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), and the National Academy of Medicine. He received his medial degree from Case Western Reserve University and his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado. He has been on the Harvard faculty since 1980.​​​



Refreshments will be served

About the UNC HIV Cure Center Seminar Series

The UNC HIV Cure Center and the Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a monthly conference series that features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions. The topics are focused on HIV cure research and appeal to not only infectious diseases specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.
The conference takes place monthly, primarily on the 4th Thursday of the month, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus.
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