Location: Pelton Auditorium, Fred Hutch, 1100 Fairview Seattle, WA 98109
Speaker: Lishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD, Department of Tropical Medicine, University of Hawaii
Lishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD is a professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawaii and Senior Investigator in the Hawaii Center for HIV/AIDS. After completing medical training, he received his PhD in Immunology at the Tohoku University in Japan, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco General Hospital - University of California, San Francisco. Reducing HIV related complications after long-term treatment and identifying a successful cure for HIV infection continue to be major challenges faced by the HIV research community. His research group centers on understanding how HIV affects the immune system in blood and tissues with a focus on discoveries that identify novel applications in balancing strategies to prevent, slow or eliminate HIV infection while optimizing quality of life outcomes. He has numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health to advance these strategies in persons with early infection or after long-term antiretroviral therapy. One such approach investigates the impact of HIV on the central nervous system, an important hiding place for HIV, with the ultimate goal of utilizing novel tools to reduce cognitive burden and clear HIV from this compartment. An alternate and complementary approach his lab is testing are ways to clear the virus by restoring the disabled immune system’s killing function.