uMontréal receives $8.76 million for HIV research

November 29, 2013

The Université de Montréal and Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) have received $8.76 million in funding from the Canadian government for HIV research. Professor Éric A. Cohen will lead the “CanCURE team” of researchers, whose mission is “to develop a sterilizing and/or functional HIV cure.” “We are going to focus…on characterizing the mechanisms of HIV latency [the ability of a virus to lie dormant] and persistence despite antiretroviral therapy, to develop ways of testing possible cures, and on generating innovative therapeutic approaches that can be tested in human clinical trials,” says Cohen. A further $2 million is being awarded to a research team at the Université de Montréal and CHU Sainte-Justine, which is looking specifically at mother-to-child HIV transmission. uMontréal News Release