Research-for-Cure Academy

Esemu Livo Forgu

Nationality: Cameroon
Institution: Institute of Medical and Medicinal Plant Research (IMPM), Ministry of Scientific Research
Country of work: Cameroon

What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?

This academy provides ample opportunity to young and talented research scientists to be trained in HIV cure and network with experts and peers in order to pave the way for Africa, as well as to support the global initiative to finding a cure for HIV. Once back, I will strengthen our research team by gladly sharing concepts learnt and collaboration gained with our research team and those who matter in HIV research in Cameroon. Dedicated to being a leader in HIV research and as a Fogarty/NIH awardee, I believe this academy is an excellent environment for me.

What is your current area of research?

Our team is currently on one hand investigating the deleterious effets of in utero exposure of HIV/HAART on these children’s immune cells and also investigates how the pransplacental transfer mechanism of immunity to these children is affected later on in lide. A cure to HIV we hypothesize will minimize the imbalance in the immune response observed in HIV/HAART exposed uninfected children. However, if the cure is applicable to pregnant women, we intend to investigate how the length of the cure process will influence the children’s immune response. Learning the basics of HIV cure research methodology will enable us to build a solid foundation on how HIV cure would affect pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes in a few years to come.