Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the GW Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine (MITM) and founder of the Research Center for the Cure and Eradication of HIV within MITM, has presented the current state of HIV research in his laboratory at two international conferences in October 2014.
Dr. Nixon talked about HIV eradication strategies at the 8th National Congress of Microbiology and Parasitology, 5th National Congress of Tropical Medicine, 5th International Symposium on HIV/AIDS in Cuba, a combined conference on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases held from 14 - 16 October 2014 in Havana, Cuba. Research discussed at the conference included recent advances in the understanding of fungal, bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, cholera and influenza.
Subsequently, Dr. Nixon presented the latest data on HIV pathogenesis and vaccine design at the 39th Congress of the Brazilian Society of Immunology, a conference focussed on basic and clinical immunology, which was held from 18 – 22 October 2014 in Búzios, Brazil.
Dr. Nixon's research is dedicated to understanding the innate immune mechanisms utilized by human cells infected with HIV-1 to counteract viral reproduction and the development of novel and innovative strategies for an HIV vaccine.