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Science On Tap - Understanding HIV and Infectious Diseases

Sep 17, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UnQuarked Wine Room
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 87544 USA
Ruy Ribeiro, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jessica Privette
505 667-0375
Science On Tap - Every Third Thursday

Event Description

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. It begins with an informal 15-minute talk and is followed by a lively group discussion.

Understanding HIV and Infectious Diseases  

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 over 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 Thursday, September 17, at 5:30 PM at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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.