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Statement on World AIDS Day 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017
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Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Maureen Goodenow, PhD, director of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have issued a joint NIH statement commemorating World AIDS Day 2017, highlighting the remarkable accomplishments of the NIH in curtailing this worldwide epidemic. [Read the news release]

The Duke Department of Pediatrics has been a leader in HIV/AIDS research dating back to the former chief of infectious diseases, Catherine Wilfert, MD, who led many of the early studies to prevent mother-to-baby transmission of HIV. Current Pediatrics faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases who are involved in HIV research include Coleen Cunningham, MD, who studies passive immunization to prevent HIV infection in children; Dorothy Dow, MD, MScGH, who studies HIV-infected children in Tanzania; and Matthew Kelly, MD,  MPH, who studies risk of infections in HIV-exposed infants. Members of the Duke Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology and Immunogen Discovery (CHAVI-ID) and Division of Infectious Diseases faculty include Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, Anthony Moody, MD, and Genevieve Fouda, PhD, whose research focuses on developing an effective HIV vaccine, including those for mothers and children. In addition, Amelia Thompson, MD, MPH, a recently recruited faculty member in infectious diseases, is establishing a new HIV Vaccine Trials Network site at Duke. Within the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine, John Sleasman, MD, is a member of the Scientific Leadership Group for the International Maternal, Pediatric, Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group funded by NIAID, NIMH, and NICHD. His research focuses on the consequences of marijuana use in HIV-infected youth. Julie Kim-Chang, MD, a new faculty member in the division, studies the effect of HIV infection on neurocognitive function in HIV-infected adolescents.

These efforts bring hope on this World AIDS Day that an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic is achievable. Please join everyone in the Duke Department of Pediatrics in recognizing the accomplishments of our researchers, health care professionals, advocates and others who are working to build a better future for individuals living with HIV, and for those at risk of infection.

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