Nationality: Islamic Republic of Iran
Institution: Iran AIDS Research Center
Country of work: Islamic Republic of Iran
What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?
Despite much effort at control HIV infection, it is still a major cause of mortality for lots of people all over the world. I have been working, as a researcher, in the HIV field for the last 12 years. I would like to comprehend the barriers to HIV cure within our local context in order to update national therapeutic policies. My individual curiosity and motivation to work in this area is to save many lives that are suffering from these lethal diseases. The HIV cure workshop will train me on policies being used to develop treatments patients with HIV.
What is your current area of research?
Several studies have shown that the expansion of HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy (test-and-treat) policy is highly effective in controlling the HIV epidemic. But treatment immediately after detection may produce a problem especially in HIV detection such as in HIV viral load monitoring and antibodies titer. I have been involved in the field of correlation between HIV monitoring test and different drugs in antiretroviral therapy. In addition, we focused on immune responses of peoples in our country against HIV antigens during history of infection. So, we will create a national database about viral variants circulating in our country, pattern of drugs resistance and assessment of homural and cellular immune responses.