SANTHE Researcher/Supervisor and Collaborative Grant Awardee, Kamini Gounder, based at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa, has received a one-year Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR)/Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) grant for $60 000 for her project entitled, “Neutralisation of HIV-1 subtype C reservoir viruses from human lymph nodes.”
“The aim of the study is to identify the best monoclonal antibodies that can be used to neutralise HIV-1 subtype C viruses present in lymph nodes and matching peripheral blood of patients on ART who have full virus suppression in the blood,” says Gounder. “I would like to thank Professor Thumbi Ndung’u, SANTHE Programme Director, as my direct, local mentor, and Dr Zaza Ndhlovu, SANTHE Researcher/Supervisor and Collaborative Grant Awardee, as my Harvard mentor. Without them, this award would not have been possible,” she said.
The HU CFAR welcomes proposals for Developmental Awards for research in all HIV-related disciplines on an annual basis. The awards provide both salary and research support for promising early-career investigators who are transitioning to independent funding.