Research-for-Cure Academy

Lucia Bailón Alvarez

Nationality: Spanish
Institution: Fight AIDS Foundation
Country of work: Spain

What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?

The opportunity to attend the Research-for-cure Academy could give me the opportunity to update my knowledge of HIV infection on the current issues in different aspects of HIV cure. Given that the main field in which I am working as a clinical researcher is closely related to basic research (therapeutic vaccines, functional cure, HIV eradication strategies), I think it would be very useful for me to meet with colleagues from all over the world. This is because I believe that the HIV cure agenda needs to be translated as soon as possible into the areas in which the HIV burden is the highest.

What is your current area of research?

My interest in the area of HIV cure is focused on the development of therapeutic T-cell vaccines in individuals with recent infection early treated, being involved in several clinical trials at the present time. I am working on a doctoral thesis trying to analyze different features that surround the analytical treatment interruptions that are performed within HIV cure trials. In addition, I collaborate with the project “Phambene” at the Carmelo Hospital in Chokwé, Mozambique, studying how to optimize resources for the health benefit of people living with HIV infection, and collaborating in the economic development of the entire region.