Join us for an afternoon with scientists, research and conversations around HIV/AIDS from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library's garage for $8.

The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases.

defeatHIV brings some of the CROI scientists and their research to the community at this event.


  • 2:00 p.m. – Introduction. Toni Young, BELIEVE Collaboratory.

  • 2:05 p.m. – Cure Research Overview. Carl Dieffenbach, Ph.D, Director of the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  • 2:45 p.m. – Pediatric HIV Cure Research Update: Remission Cases and Clinical Trials. Deborah Persaud, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Infectious Disease Director, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

  • 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 pm – Break

  • 3:30 p.m. – Potential for HIV Cure by Stem Cell Transplantation: the IciStem Perspective. Monique Nijhuis. Associate Professor University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • 4 p.m. – African Myths and Misconceptions about the Cure of HIV. Moses Supercharger Nsubuga, Ugandan dancer, musician, DJ, radio reporter and HIV advocate.

  • 4:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion – Concepts and Perceptions of HIV Cure Research. Moderator: A. Toni Young.

  • 5 p.m. – Recognition and Celebration of the 12th year of Timothy Ray Brown's Cure. Michael Louella and Timothy Ray Brown.

  • 5:15 p.m. – Mingle and Meet the Researchers.


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