Research-for-Cure Academy

Paul Alain Tagnouokam Ngoupo

Nationality: Cameroonian
Institution: Centre Pasteur of Cameroon
Country of work: Cameroon

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

I am an active member of HIV research team at Centre Pasteur of Cameroon (CPC) since 2010. I am engaged in HIV research because HIV infection is one of the major public health problems in sub-Saharan countries, including Cameroon. Being part of the Research-for-Cure Academy is an outstanding opportunity to interact with other researchers in the field and to facilitate research collaborations in the HIV cure/remission, which is actually my research interest. This interactive 3-day workshop will therefore help me to improve, reinforce and share my knowledge on practical tools and methodology in HIV cure and remission research field.

What is your current area of research?

Our team has substantially contributed to the study of HIV in Cameroon and in Africa. Our findings contributed to the improvement of the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of HIV infected patients. We have a unique cohort of HIV-infected children in Central-West Africa followed-up for more than 10 years in the ANRS-PEDIACAM study in Cameroon. Our current work aims to understand the mechanisms of viral replication control, as well as biological mechanisms (Immunology, Virology and Genetic) of seronegativation observed in some of these children. We strongly believe that this work will substantially contribute to the global HIV cure research strategy.