AIDS Researcher Giving Presentation on Pursuit of Vaccine

By Brian Schultz

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A group of commercial sex-trade workers in Kenya remain uninfected with HIV, despite years of exposure to the deadly virus. Why is this? A University of Manitoba microbiologist and his team will attempt to answer that question later today.

Dr. Keith Fowke will share his latest discoveries on how the immune system works and how it can provide new leads in search for a HIV vaccine.

Dr. Fowke will give a free presentation tonight as part of the Bringing Research to Life Speaker Series. “HIV Vaccines: the Frustration and Hope” will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 290 of the Education Building on U of M’s Fort Garry campus.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

The presentation comes a day after Ottawa announced the bidding process to build a multi-million dollar HIV vaccine manufacturing facility in Canada was fair and open, but decided to shelve plans for it last month. Winnipeg was on the short list to have the facility built here.