Since the beginning of the current pandemic, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has infected more than 78 million people, and 39 million have died.
Currently there are still more than 35 million people living with HIV in the world. These grim numbers make this one of the most devastating infectious diseases in memory.
However, very significant steps have been made in our understanding and combating this disease. We know a lot about the mechanisms of viral propagation and pathogenesis, there are many approved medications and a vaccine, although still not available, is ever closer.
A scientist in the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, Ruy Ribeiro has been working on understanding the virus and the immune response against it for over a decade. Ribeiro will discuss why it has been so difficult to conquer this infection, and why now there is reason for cautious optimism.
Join us at this Science on Tap beginning at at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, this series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion.
“On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. Admission is free and open to the general public.
The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983.
LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, the Los Alamos Meeting & Visitors Bureau, Los Alamos Small Business Center and the Los Alamos Research Park.