HIV Cure Research in Philadelphia

Thursday, June 3rd 2021

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Have you ever heard of HIV cure research? Yes, it’s a thing! What about the London Patient, Adam Castillejo? He is the 2nd person to have been declared cured of HIV. Did you know that Philadelphia is a major center for HIV cure-directed research? With research collaborators at FIGHT, Wistar, and UPenn, more than 100 individuals have helped us take us closer to a cure for HIV. In this yearly HIV Cure Research Update, we will share the most recent results and highlight ongoing clinical trials. Importantly, this workshop features a volunteer from one of these cutting-edge research trials.



  1. Review HIV cure research being conducted at Philadelphia FIGHT, The Wistar Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania
  2. Understand why the search for a cure is important even with effective treatment
  3. Learn about the experience of volunteering in cure-directed research from a current participant


Luis J. Montaner, MD

The Wistar Institute

Dr. Montaner’s HIV-1 research focuses on immune regulation of infection, activation measurements on ART, and translational human immunology-based studies, etc. He has partnered with Philadelphia FIGHT for more than 20 years in the conduct of clinical trials with a basic research component.

Pablo Tebas, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Dr. Tebas‘s research focuses on the study of the complications of HIV and its treatment and evaluating strategies for the cure of HIV infection. He is the Director and PI of the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit (ACTU) of the University of Pennsylvania and one of the founding members of the HIV Reservoirs and Viral Eradication (Cure) Transformative Science Group (TSG) of the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG).

Kenneth M. Lynn

Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center

Ken Lynn is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and works as a registered nurse within the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine specializing in effective clinical trial management and community recruitment for HIV research studies. Ken received the designation as a Jonathan Lax Scholar in 1999 and used the accompanying scholarship to further his education which ultimately led him to advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS over the past 20 years.


William B. Carter


I’m a 56 yo single man, father of 2 adopted sons 21yrs ago. Grandfather of 6 beautiful children. I’m a very healthy person these days after a weight loss of 240 lbs., being wheelchair bound for 14 years, legally blind, having had to have my lower right leg removed, and being diagnosed with HIV 19 years ago. I have also dealt with the loss of both parents. I found my voice and believe that self-seeing and helping others frees you and heals you. I achieved self-respect and confidence. Over the past few years, life has been good. I’ve helped 9 men become adoptive parents. I helped organize clothing drives and volunteer. I find it makes me a better man and makes me happy. I enjoy learning and helping others. Philadelphia FIGHT has been a large part of my personal growth and appreciate my training that I received from Project TEACH and other groups that I have attended.


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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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