Wistar Collaboration

The Wistar Institute and Philadelphia FIGHT have collaborated for over 10 years. The Wistar Institute’s HIV-1 partnership program provides access to information and opportunities for direct involvement in basic immunotherapy research for a patient population of over 4,000 individuals with HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia area. This partnership, which is the first of its kind, encourages people living with HIV/AIDS to participate in research, not just by donating their blood, but also by learning about the research. Over 2,000 people living with HIV have participated in Wistar/FIGHT’s research over the past five years.

The Wistar Institute is an independent nonprofit biomedical research institution dedicated to discovering the causes and cures for major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. For more information, visit the Wistar Institute website

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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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