Research-for-Cure Academy

Sheila Fernandez Luis

Nationality: Spain
Institution: Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça CISM & Barcelona Institute for Global Health ISGlobal
Country of work: Mozambique

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

I am looking forward to broadening my understanding of the current state of the HIV cure research strategies at a global level, and particularly sustainable remission in children. I am confident that this training will be an opportunity to acquire innovative ideas and methodology for future research that address knowledge gaps and challenges in the field. Finally, I am excited to expand my network with like-minded and multidisciplinary research groups and stakeholders dedicated to advancing the pediatric HIV cure global health agenda in other Sub-Saharan African settings with the aim of fostering collaborations and synergies.

What is your current area of research?

I am a pediatrician based in Manhiça, southern Mozambique, and currently starting my doctoral studies in clinical and epidemiological research in pediatric HIV infection. My team and I conduct research on HIV cure and on strategies to improve long term clinical outcomes in HIV-infected children in low-and middle-income countries. I am currently involved in various studies including an observational, cohort, multicentre study of Early Anti-Retroviral Treatment in HIV-infected Infants (EARTH), with the aim of monitoring total HIV-DNA and immunological characteristics of children who begin treatment early, in order to identify participants with excellent control at 2 years.