Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beyond the Berlin Patient: New Directions in the Cure for AIDS

New York Arts & Sciences Salon member, Kambiz Shekdar, Ph.D., explained how one man, Timothy Ray Brown, was cured of AIDS. Dubbed the Berlin Patient, he was cured by a brilliant German physician, Gero Hutter, M.D., who thought outside the box. By connecting the right dots, Dr, Hutter came up with a functional cure that had eluded traditional researchers for years. The treatment was greeted with skepticism at the time, but Mr. Brown remains in remission 8 years later. Dr. Shekdar retraced this unorthodox journey of doctor and patient and presented the new direction his own research has taken.

With the cure of the Berlin Patient as a blueprint, the science to cure AIDS is on the horizon. The Road to the Cure is now before us.

Dr. Kambiz Shekdar
Dr. Shekdar obtained his Ph.D. in a Nobel-Prize winning laboratory in 2003 at The Rockefeller University in New York City. As a graduate student, he came up with an idea that worked and that made it possible to craft cells that had been previously out of reach - it was basically a method for precision cell engineering. Dr. Shekdar served as Chief Scientific Officer of Chromocell, a biotech he co-founded, until recently, when he left to establish the Research Foundation to Cure AIDS.  The company's core technology stands as the missing link in translating the science behind the cure of the Berlin Patient into a widely replicable cure for HIV/AIDS for all those in need, worldwide.

Find out more about the Research Foundation to Cure AIDS and its first annual AIDS Symposium taking place in NYC on Saturday May 9th, 2015.

The event was organized by Alex Gagliardi & Esther Kashkin.

We would like to thank the staff at Villa Mosconi. They took very good care of us!

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