World AIDS Day 2020

Dr. David Evans, left, checks the growth of natural killer cells with Mikey Grunst, research specialist, at the UW–Madison and WNPRC AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory. (J. Lenon photo)
Dr. David Evans, left, checks the growth of natural killer cells with Mikey Grunst, research specialist, at the UW–Madison and WNPRC AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory. (J. Lenon photo)

On World AIDS Day today, Dec. 1, we share some stories that highlight critical basic HIV research with nonhuman primates and the progress toward a vaccine and other treatments:

Nov. 16, 2020: Gene-edited monkey embryos give researchers new way to study HIV cure

Nov. 8, 2020: New macaque model for exploring blood cancer, HIV treatments
(Experimental Hematology study published by WNPRC, School of Medicine and Public Health, and Carbone Cancer Center researchers at UW–Madison)

Aug. 20, 2020: Interview with HIVRp4 co-chair David O’Connor” (For Jan/Feb 2021 international HIV Research for Prevention Conference)

Dec. 1, 2019: The new era of living with AIDS

Mar. 19, 2019: New HIV treatment strategy provides long-term viral suppression (University of Miami and WNPRC preclinical study (Note: The “Miami monkey” is actually the “Madison monkey”)

Jan. 31, 2019: AIDS vaccine using engineered herpesvirus works in monkeys

Dec. 1, 2018: World AIDS Day: NPRC research improving lives

Sept. 28. 2018: New macaque model to study pathology of TB in AIDS patients

We also note in our Nov. 24, 2020 NPRC blog that the rapid pace of discovery leading to our current COVID-19 vaccine candidates resulted greatly from National Primate Research Center researchers and their collaborators applying their expertise in fighting other viruses, especially HIV/AIDS.