AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title HIV/AIDS Week
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 12/2007
Chapter Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Project Coordinator Lauren Goddard/Ali Zarrabi/K Hachey
Summary of project AMSA members contributed two key events to the Brown-wide HIV/AIDS awareness week in early December. Co-president Lauren Goddard and member Ali Zarrabi had attended the AMSA Microbicides Leadership Institute earlier in the year and presented a formal presentation in December educating students about this novel preventative approach. Although unable to attend the AMSA conference, I played a small role in this event, sharing with students why I am a proponent of HIV prevention that empowers women, allowing them the ability to control their protection from the spread of disease. After Lauren and Ali gave an excellent talk, I described the Microbicides Development Act, the need to increase funding for microbicides research and development, and how students can reach out to legislators in support of the Act. Together, Lauren, Ali and I worked with event attendees to write advocacy letters.

The second event AMSA organized was a talk by Dr. Anne De Groot about HIV vaccine research and development. Using an engaging and interactive style, she reviewed the mechanism of HIV’s interaction with cells and its global effect on the immune system. Dr. De Groot described the frustrating efforts made by pharmaceutical companies to find an effective vaccine, and discussed her own research interest in developing an epitope-based HIV vaccine. She fielded questions, and in response to a query about microbicides, she described promising research efforts that involve using RNA interference technology in a microbicide to downregulate the expression of CCR5/CXCR4 and inhibit viral entry into cells. Dr. De Groot gave a highly informative talk that gave physicians in training insight into difficulties of outsmarting infectious diseases and finding the funding and support to attempt it.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 25-40
Participant hours involved 1 hour(s)
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Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $130
Project funding Local chapter funds
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