More than one million people in the U.S. live with HIV, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project there will be 55,000 new cases in our country every year. Globally more than 34 million people live with the virus. Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the Berlin Patient, is the first person cured of HIV.
Meet Brown and hear how he inspires Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists' quest for a cure when Fred Hutch presents a free community event "From One to Many: The Cure Agenda for HIV/AIDS at Fred Hutch" Wednesday, June 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium. A social hour from 6-7 p.m., with light refreshments and informational tables, will precede a panel discussion moderated by KING 5's Margaret Larson.
"The event is open to all, and we are hoping many Fred Hutch faculty and staff members will attend," said Juan Cotto, community outreach manager.
Dr. Julie McElrath, director of the Center's Vaccine and Infection Disease Division, will provide a brief overview of the pioneering research at Fred Hutch and introduce three scientists who are leading the attack on HIV/AIDS, working to cure the virus with cell-based therapies and educating the community:
Background on Brown
Originally from Seattle, Timothy Ray Brown was studying in Berlin, Germany when he was diagnosed with HIV in 1995. After controlling the virus for many years with antiretroviral therapy, Brown discovered he had acute myeloid leukemia. Following chemotherapy, Brown received stem cell transplants in 2007 and 2008. The cells came from a single donor who carried a rare gene mutation—the lack of the CCR5 receptor—that made the cells naturally immune to HIV. The transplants eradicated Brown's cancer and transferred the genetic variation to his immune system, curing him of both leukemia and HIV.
For more information about this opportunity to hear Brown and learn about work to extend his cure from one to many, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 667-4211.