In Brief: HIV/AIDS

October 21, 2005|By JONATHAN BOR | JONATHAN BOR,SUN STAFF

Mexican HIV center getting Md. help

Maryland's Institute of Human Virology has agreed to help a Mexican university create an institute for the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The new center will be a division of the Universidad Autonoma of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. Part of a larger medical science building to be completed in 2006, it will carry the name IHV Mexico but will be independent of the Baltimore facility.

Officials with the Mexican university signed a memorandum of understanding in Monterrey yesterday with Dr. Robert Gallo, director of the IHV, and Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera, president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. The IHV is a division of the institute.

Under the agreement, the Monterrey university will send eight to 10 fellows to Baltimore each year to collaborate on research into vaccines, treatments and biology and epidemiology of HIV.

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo, an assistant professor at the IHV, will also function as director of the new center in Monterrey. The institute will become the first of its kind in Mexico and will focus on the epidemic throughout Latin America, where 1.7 million people are infected, he said.

He said it is important to study viral strains circulating in Latin America because they may require different treatments.

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