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UTSA, UTHSCSA Dec. 16 lecture focuses on genetic link to HIV/AIDS susceptibility

Sunil Ahuja

UTHSCSA Professor Sunil Ahuja

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(Dec. 14, 2009)--As the fourth of the Seminars in Translational Research (STRECH), UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will host a seminar featuring UTHSCSA Professor Sunil Ahuja speaking on the genetic link to HIV/AIDS susceptibility. Free and open to the public, the lecture is 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Room 2.102 on the UTSA Main Campus.

Ahuja will speak on "Probing the Complexity of HIV/AIDS Pathogenesis Through Genetics." He will discuss how researchers are using genetic association studies to assess an individual's susceptibility to a variety of diseases. Specifically, he will address how genetic factors influence HIV/AIDS susceptibility and how this information can improve clinical care for HIV-positive patients. He also will discuss challenges in decoding the genetic factors that increase HIV/AIDS susceptibility and how an epigenetic epidemiology approach might be useful in navigating these challenges.

Ahuja joined the Health Science Center in 1996 and is a professor of medicine, microbiology, immunology and biochemistry. Since 2001, he has served as director of the VA Center for HIV and AIDS Infection at the San Antonio-based South Texas Veterans Health Care System. His laboratory and collaborators at Wilford Hall Medical Center have made significant contributions regarding the host genetic factors that influence susceptibility to HIV/AIDS. Their research has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Science and Nature Immunology. The Health Science Center honored Ahuja with its highest award, the Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award. He also received the 2009 Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, among other significant awards.

STRECH is a collaborative project between the Health Science Center Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies, UTSA Research Center in Minority Institutions and the UTSA-Health Science Center graduate program in biomedical engineering. The monthly seminars bring together investigators from the basic, clinical and social sciences to highlight research discoveries from the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside to the community.

For more information, visit the STRECH Web site.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

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Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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