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Start of an international research consortium to reproduce the only successful case of a person cured of HIV

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Start of an international research consortium to reproduce the only successful case of a person cured of HIV

  • European researchers co-led by the Institute for AIDS Research IrsiCaixa, in Barcelona, and the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), in the Netherlands, have initiated an ambitious project with the aim to reproduce the only case of a person cured of HIV, the Berlin patient. Experts from the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO),the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, in Spain, the Oxford University, in the United Kingdom, the University Medical Center Hamburg and Celle xGmbH, in Germany are collaborators in this project.
  • The Berlin patient received a stem cell transplant from a donor naturally resistant to the virus to treat him of leukemia in 2007. However, this is a high-risk procedure, only indicated for patients with life-threatening cancer disease. Doctors around the world have tried to cure other patients with similar conditions, but no other patient has been cured of HIV infection so far.

  • The international consortium, named EPISTEM, is sponsored by the amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE), a program from the US Foundation for AIDS Research amfAR. The project aims to improve the interventions to cure these patients and to better understand the implication of stem cell transplants in the control and eradication of HIV.

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For more information you can contact
Antoinet van Kessel
A.vanKessel-4@umcutrecht.nl.




The IciStem project is supported by AmfAR Research Consortium on HIV eradication (ARCHE) Research Grant # 109293-59-RGRL


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