Research-for-Cure Academy

Santiago Perez

Nationality: France
Institution: Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutyrición Salvador Zubirán
Country of work: Mexico

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

Curing HIV has been one of the greatest challenges for ID physicians in our generation. I have dedicated most of my professional life to HIV Disease performing clinical, research and academic activities. During these years I have always considered HIV Disease as a mixture of 3 challenges: a medical, a scientific and a social challenge. I’m convinced the Cure will only be obtained once those 3 challenges are conquered and that it will require a global collaborative effort.

What is your current area of research?

During my PhD at Institut Pasteur I studied Elite Controllers CD4 T cell responses with the hope to find correlates of protection against HIV. Since then, I have continued studying pathophysiologic mechanisms of CD4+ T cell recovery, and more recently acute HIV. I’m convinced that acute HIV is a perfect opportunity to implement effective cure strategies. Thus, I started the Mexican Cohort of Acute HIV patients (VIHIA) following them for the 1st year of immediate ARV treatment and doing translational research. I’m currently designing cure strategies in these acute HIV patients.