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ACTRI-Supported Ethics Forum: Should We Ask Terminally Ill Patients Infected with HIV to Donate Their Bodies to Science?

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The goal of the Last Gift study is to better understand how HIV remains hidden from both the person’s immune system and current HIV therapy. By discontinuing HIV therapy from terminally-ill volunteers, the return of the virus can be tracked with periodic blood draws, and the residual reservoirs can subsequently be identified at autopsy. Results of such studies could help develop ways to clear these reservoirs with future therapies. What are the challenges to ensuring that these patient can give truly informed consent to participate in this human subjects research? What measures are already in place to protect the interests of the patient and her or his family? How can we achieve the goals of the research while still respecting the autonomy and dignity of these terminally ill patients?


Davey Smith, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty, Department of Medicine
Co-Director, San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Fleet Science Center
Community Forum
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

This is a FREE event. Advanced registration is required.

Supported by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology at UC San Diego and ACTRI.