Friday, December 1, 2023

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, MD, PhD, as she tours a 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 developing a completely new strategy for curing HIV, which aims to both silence and permanently remove the virus from the body.

This Instagram Live event, held at @hope_collaboratory, will include a conversation with Patricia Defechereux, PhD, community engagement coordinator for the HOPE Collaboratory. She will share art from one individual who has been cured from HIV: City of Hope patient Paul Edmonds.

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 professional natural competitive physique bodybuilder. As the host of a fitness segment on the cable TV show Plus Life, he shares his life and his journey living with HIV, and covers other topics such as 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, University of 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.

World AIDS Day 2023 theme is “Let Communities Lead.”

Gladstone is featuring art by HIV cure patient Paul Edmonds, an ambassador for HIV cure research.

After a remarkable stem cell transplant at City of Hope using cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation, Edmonds no longer has detectable HIV or leukemia. During the World AIDS Day reception at Gladstone Institutes, the HOPE team will showcase his four-piece art series titled “Stained Glass.” The HOPE team collaborates with cure patients to promote cure awareness, equity and dispelling stigma around HIV.


December 1, 2023
12:00-1:00pm 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.