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Introducing Judith Mandl - Gaining Ground on HIV in the Course of Basic Immunological Research

bridges vol. 28, December 2010 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

By Juliet M. Beverly

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November 30, 2010 - The eve of World AIDS Day - "... As we approach the thirtieth year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, we reflect on the many Americans and others around the globe lost to this devastating disease, and pledge our support to the 33 million people worldwide who live with HIV/AIDS," stated Barack Obama in the Presidential Proclamation on World AIDS Day.  "We also recommit to building on the great strides made in fighting HIV, to preventing the spread of the disease, to continuing our efforts to combat stigma and discrimination, and to finding a cure."

Finding a cure for AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) means tackling HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS. Researchers worldwide have been studying HIV since it was first recognized in 1981.

mandl_judith_small.jpgJudith N. Mandl

Just as the President made his proclamation this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued their statement on World AIDS Day 2010 entitled "Building on Success: Step by Step, Researchers Gaining Ground on HIV/AIDS." The statement marks the work of NIH researchers and milestones in the fight against HIV.  Zooming in on the NIH campus to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), you will find postdoctoral fellow Judith Mandl, an Austrian scientist who is gaining ground on answering fundamental immunological questions that will aid in understanding HIV pathogenesis.

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