We are scientists, clinicians and community working together
to find a cure for HIV.
Cell and Gene Therapy for HIV Cure
defeatHIV is a Collaboratory of leading scientists and clinicians in the fields of HIV, cell and gene therapies, pre-clinical models, and clinical research, partnered with a strong team of community advocates, united by a shared vision: finding a cure for HIV. Founded in 2011 and led by Drs. Keith Jerome and Hans-Peter Kiem at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, defeatHIV continues pushing HIV cure research and advocacy forward.
Fred Hutch is the birthplace of bone marrow transplantation and a pioneering hub of immunotherapy development.The late Dr. E. Donnall “Don” Thomas, a founding faculty member of Fred Hutch, received the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for establishing bone marrow and blood stem cell transplantation as a lifesaving treatment for leukemia and other blood diseases.
defeatHIV investigators are extending this legacy to HIV, trying to understand how bone marrow transplantation cured the HIV infection in Timothy Ray Brown. We are leveraging these insights to develop potent cell and gene therapies that aim to eliminate HIV from where it lies dormant in the body, and revolutionize the way HIV is treated.
Those who are affected by research have a right to be involved in the research-making process
defeatHIV is achieving more with our community engagement initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the understanding of difficult science, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.
One Step at a Time
Hugely popular last seven years, our educational events have drawn hundreds of people who want to interact more with the notable scientists and research participants dedicated to the same goal: curing HIV.
Helping Researchers, Helping Community
defeatHIV CAB’s mission is to assure stakeholder perspectives, especially those of people living with HIV (PWH), are incorporated into defeatHIV’s decisions and activities.
Reinforcing our Commitment
Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, we seek to assess the acceptability of potential HIV cure research interventions, with a focus on cell and gene therapy.
- Fri, Mar 05https://bit.ly/3d1CgIXMar 05, 2021, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PSThttps://bit.ly/3d1CgIXOur second session is dedicated to cell and gene therapy approaches to curing HIV. We'll give you an overview of the entire field, and then focus on some of the cutting edge work that has brought us closer to eradicating HIV from the body.
- Thu, Mar 04https://bit.ly/3p7Efh8