Stem cell transplantation in a 42-year-old HIV patient with leukemia has wiped out the virus from his body, the doctor of Berlin Charité Hospital confirms.
“The patient is fine,” said Dr. Gero Hutter, a haematologist at the Berlin Charité Hospital. “Today, two years after his transplantation, he is still without any signs of HIV disease and without antiretroviral medication.”
The doctor observed that using the stem cells from a donor who carries a unique gene mutation i.e. delta 32 ccr5 along with a tissue match, could now cure the patient from the HIV virus. Delta 32 ccr5 makes the cells resistant
Stem cell and regenerative medicine expert Dr. Malgorzata Borowiak has been named Baylor College of Medicine‘s fifth McNair Scholar. She will focus on diabetes.
Using stem cell technology, Borowiak’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of type 1 diabetes to identify new, cellular treatments for the disease.
The McNair Scholar program at BCM, supported by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and managed by the McNair Medical Institute, identifies outstanding scientists and physician scientists in biomedical research in four areas – breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes and neuroscience.
Borowiak, who started at BCM in January, serves as an assistant professor of