Here, on World AIDS day, Connor Bamford and Joanna Morrell speak with Dr Clare Jolly, HIV virologist, about her work and her groups work on how HIV spreads from cell-to-cell and what this means for antiviral treatment and vaccination.
Clare is a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Infection & Immunity at University College London and was at the CVR earlier this year to give a seminar on her work
Importantly, Tuesday 1st December 2016, marks world AIDS day, which (as their website says) is an is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Like the Jolly Lab, CVR investigators carry out comprehensive research on HIV and related retroviruses, looking at HIV evolution in patients, animal retroviruses, cancer-causing retroviruses and how our innate immune system defends ourselves against them. These labs include, the Neil, Gifford, Hosie, Thomson, Willett and Wilson labs.