Thursday, December 1, 2022

Get a behind-the-scenes glance at what researchers are working on to uncover a cure for HIV. Raif Derrazi will catch up with virologist Melanie Ott as she tours a biosafety lab at Gladstone Institutes and answers your questions about her HIV research.

Ott is director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology, and program director of the HOPE Collaboratory, a multi-disciplinary group of researchers from institutions around the world who are trying a completely new strategy for curing HIV, which aims to both silence and permanently remove the virus from the body.

This Instagram Live event will include a conversation with Patricia Defechereux, community engagement coordinator for the Collaboratory. She will walk through an art exhibit presented as part of the Community Arts Integrated Research program that uses the creation of art as a vehicle for investigating and developing HIV cure education.

The event’s host, Raif Derrazi, is a member of the HOPE Community Advisory Board, which is made up of members of the HIV community who are advocates for people living with HIV. Derrazi is also a pro natural competitive physique bodybuilder. As the host of a fitness segment on cable TV show Plus Life, he shares his life and his journey living with HIV, embracing a fitness lifestyle, personal growth and inspiration.

About the HOPE Collaboratory

The HIV Obstruction by Programmed Epigenetics (HOPE) Collaboratory is led by researchers at Gladstone Institutes, Scripps Research Florida, and Weill Cornell Medicine. It also includes members from Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology in Germany, the US Military HIV Research Program, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, UC Berkeley, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda, and Lakehead University. The HOPE Collaboratory is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under award number UM1AI164559.

Community Arts Integration Research

The HOPE Collaboratory’s Community Arts Integration Research leverages art to generate HIV cure research knowledge from a grassroots level integrated with rigorous science. The works created through this program are used to communicate HIV cure research to the broader public, as well as provide important insights to scientists about how their cures are perceived and may be taken up by the community.

Featured works by artists, scientists, and HIV community members and is intended as a vehicle for investigating and developing HIV cure education include:

  • “Plurality” [wire and clay polymer ball series] by Pauline Sameshima and Tashya Orasi from Lakehead University
  • “PositHIVes, where are they?” [portrait photography and text] by Pisci Bruja from University of São Paulo in partnership with @atelietransmoras and Brazilian Aids Social Movement
  • “Sym-poesis” [clay polymer installation] by Pauline Sameshima, Tashya Orasi and Patricia Defechereux with scientists and community members at the 2022 Hope Annual Meeting

Visit The HOPE Collaboratory’s Community Arts Integration Research page to learn more.


December 1, 2022
2:00-3:00pm PST
Gladstone, Public


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.