Winter 2012 Biomedical Seminar Series
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tricks in HIVÂs bag to counter mucosal prevention strategies
Dr. Florian Hladik
Department of Obtetrics & Gynecology
University of Washington
A combination of prevention and treatment modalities will be needed to successfully control the global spread of HIV. Microbicides, drug products topically applied to mucosal surfaces to prevent HIV infection, are one of these biomedical interventions that hold great promise. In order to be efficacious, microbicides must overcome several challenges imposed by the mucosal microenvironment they intend to protect and the mischievous human immunodeficiency virus with its enormous capacity to adapt. The biological foundation of these challenges and opportunities in microbicide development is explored in this seminar.