Howard E. Gendelman, M.D., the Margaret R. Larson Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center - UNMC, will discuss the quest to find a cure for HIV at the Aug. 13 Omaha Science Café at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown.
In early July it was announced that for the first time researchers led by Dr. Gendelman at UNMC and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., led by Kamel Khalili, Ph.D., have eliminated HIV – the virus responsible for AIDS – from living animals.
The finding marks a critical step toward the development of a possible cure for human HIV infection.
Dr. Gendelman also is credited in unraveling how functional alterations in brain immunity induce metabolic changes and ultimately lead to neural cell damage for a broad range of infectious, metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders.
These discoveries have had broad implications in developmental therapeutics aimed at preventing, slowing or reversing neural maladies.
Dr. Gendelman also is credited for determining that AIDS dementia is a reversible metabolic encephalopathy.
As a result of intense translational investigations, his work has led to novel immunotherapy and nanomedicine strategies for Parkinson’s and viral diseases currently being tested in early clinical trials.
Dr. Gendelman obtained a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences & Russian Studies with honors from Muhlenberg College and a medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University-Hershey Medical Center. He has served on the UNMC faculty since 1993.
Science Cafés involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics and are open to everyone 21 and older. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a Q-and-A period.
Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people from the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.
Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
729 N 14th St., Omaha, NE
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