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Date:3/16/2011

A research article co-authored by Brenna Anderson, MD, director of Reproductive Infectious Diseases Consultation in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, was included in the recently published special issue of the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology.

The publication is an outgrowth of a workshop on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that took place at Dartmouth Medical School in the summer of 2010. The workshop, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for invited attendees only, was designed to bring together HIV researchers who specialize in mucosal immunity. Mucosal immunity is one of the body's way of protecting itself against disease and is the next frontier for HIV researchers.

Dr. Anderson's article - co-written with Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, of The Miriam Hospital is entitled "Clinical Parameters Essential to Methodology and Interpretation of Mucosal Responses." It explores the clinical characteristics that are important for researchers to consider when they study the female genital tract in the quest for cures for HIV.

With more than 30 million people diagnosed with HIV across the world, millions of dollars continue to be spent on research aimed at fighting the disease. While the advent of antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV has not slowed the spread of infection, research has helped health care providers understand the disease, which has changed the life expectancy of an individual diagnosed with HIV in the United States from terminal to chronic illness.

Over the past few years, research attention has shifted from blood to the genital tract as the major point-of-entry for the virus. To effectively produce results, however, the proper guidelines must be established for research into the genital tract's mucosal immunity, Dr. Anderson noted.

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Contact: Susan McDonald
slmcdonald@wihri.org
401-681-2816
Women & Infants Hospital
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