PUBLIC FORUM NOV. 30–AIDS: What we have done together, where we are going

(Nov. 28 Posting)

Our scientists with the John A. Burns School of Medicineʻs Hawaiʻi Center for AIDs will present findings this week from several of their clinical trials, making the case for continuing research with an even sharper focus into their major finding: that HIV appears to cause early aging. The problems are significant: everything from cognitive impairment — ability to think, reason or remember–to more diabetes, brittle bones, kidney and liver disease and cancer.

In a public forum at the medical school on November 30, Dr. Cecilia Shikuma and her team will report the conclusions they have reached, their newest theories formed by their research, and where the inquiries need to go from here.

Our physician-scientists, who also treat some 450 AIDS patients on Oʻahu, Maui and Hawai’i Island, are grateful to the AIDS survivors who have taken part in the clinical trials which have helped shed light on these new challenges. Their gratitude also extends to those who supported the Hawaii Center for AIDS when it faced a gap in funding: The Hawaiʻi State Legislature, and the people of Hawaiʻi.

The public forum begins at 5:30 p.m. at the John A. Burns School of Medicineʻs Medical Education Building Auditorium. It is intended to inform people of Hawaiʻi about the scientific results and new hypotheses, in language that will be easy to understand. Please join us! Parking is available for $4.00 at the corner of Forrest Avenue and Ilalo Street, or available in metered spaces along Ilalo Street.

About our photo: A large AIDS Ribbon is being crafted out of wood and will be fitted with LED lights and decorated with red nylon, for display at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol on World AIDS Day, December 1. Photo courtesy Iris Chen of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at JABSOM.