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Author Topic: President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure  (Read 1487 times)

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Offline buginme2

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President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:09:25 PM »

Offline JazJon

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Re: President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 04:08:43 AM »
That's one hell of a good motivating pay day to the winner.   Excellent news.

Offline freewillie99

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Re: President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 01:29:42 PM »
Do you have to be a shirtless hottie to post on this thread?
Beware Romanians bearing strange gifts

Offline Jmarksto

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Re: President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 11:01:30 AM »
At the risk of being the first "non-shirtless-hottie" (yes, including freewillie) to post here....

So, I was curious as to how much of an increase the $100 million commitment was relative to current NIH budgets for HIV research.  Based on TAGs data (page 9 of the link below), NIH is currently spending about $1.6 billion per year on HIV research.  The additional $100 million, over a three year period, is about a 2% increase to current levels of funding.

http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/sites/g/files/g450272/f/201303/TAG_2013_HIV_Report_FINAL.pdf

edited to fix my math...
« Last Edit: December 12, 2013, 11:04:42 AM by Jmarksto »
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Offline geobee

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Re: President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 02:06:51 PM »
Yeah, 100 million seemed small to me, too.  But at least he's using the word "cure". 

PS: LOL re: "NSH"

Offline Jmarksto

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Re: President Obama commits $100 million for an HIV cure
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 03:37:16 PM »
Geobee;  I think you hit the nail on the head -- the real story here isn't the additional funding, but the shift in focus towards a cure.  Here is the NIH announcement, with a short excerpt:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2013/niaid-02.htm

Jack Whitescarver, Ph.D., director of the Office of AIDS Research, a component of the Office of the Director of NIH, said, “We have listened very carefully to the scientific consensus of experts from within the NIH and around the world. We have been building the portfolio of HIV cure research over the past few years, and now is the time to accelerate our research focused specifically toward the goal of sustained or lifelong remission, in which patients control or even eliminate HIV without the need for lifelong antiretroviral therapy.”

It is anticipated that a significant portion of the new investment will support basic research, which will also benefit all other areas of AIDS research, as well as research on other diseases. These studies will include research on viral reservoirs, viral latency, and viral persistence, as well as studies of neutralizing antibodies. Research on animal models, drug development and preclinical testing of more potent antiretroviral compounds capable of diminishing viral reservoirs, and clinical research, including studies on therapeutic vaccines and other immune enhancers, will also be supported.
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