Research-for-Cure Academy

Natalia Laufer

Nationality: Argentina
Institution: INBIRS Institute (UBA-CONICET)
Country of work: Argentina

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

It will be a unique opportunity to expand my knowledge in the latest methodologies and tools on HIV remission research and to generate research collaborations as well. As a HIV physician involved in the care of patients but also in basic research, attending the “Research-for-Cure Academy” represents an opportunity to contact directly other researchers who may have useful input on my work. All the acquired information will contribute to my new research line (regarding viral reservoirs and HIV persistence) and will expand my knowledge on HIV cure research. Moreover, I will bring back to Argentina helpful contributions from an invaluable international experience.

What is your current area of research?

I am involved in the HIV/AIDS field in many ways: as a physician, basic/clinical researcher, as a teacher and as a member of a community outreach program. I have worked in a public hospital since 2000, and since 2001 in the Infectious Diseases department. I personally take care of HIV elite, seroconverters and coinfected patients, since diagnosis to treatment initiation and follow up. In 2015, my Institution decided to expand our research capacities with a new laboratory area for measuring viral reservoirs. Our institute was awarded last year with a 5 year government grant to study “the impact of coinfections on HIV viral reservoirs: eradication barrier and HIV cure” in which I am involved as one of the principal investigators.