May 24, 2021
June 5, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the first description of Pneumocystis pneumonia in the setting of what we know as AIDS in 5 patients in Los Angeles – in the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).These observations, by Dr. Michael Gottlieb, from UCLA, and Dr. Joel Weisman began to define the challenges that would shape the research and treatment agendas of the subsequent 40 years of a global pandemic.
In recognition of this historic milestone, UCLA Health’s Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) will be presenting an HIV/AIDS 40-year retrospective virtual event. This will include a panel discussion with some of the top HIV researchers in the country, who will share their personal stories and lessons from the early years of the epidemic, as well as their hopes for the future of HIV care, treatment, prevention, and research.
We will also take this opportunity to recognize and honor the upcoming retirement of Dr. Ronald Mitsuyasu, for his remarkable contributions that he has made here at UCLA, nationally, and globally in HIV oncology and gene therapy research as well as specialty patient care. Dr. Mitsuyasu established UCLA’s first clinical program for HIV/AIDS care in 1981, prompted by his early experience with early diagnosis and treatment of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and other HIV/AIDS-associated malignancies. From that nascent program, the UCLA CARE Center was ultimately established. His seminal work and contributions in gathering and leading a multidisciplinary team of dedicated HIV specialists, has led the CARE Center to its current status as an internationally recognized clinical research center that also provides cutting-edge HIV care and treatment to more than 1,200 patients annually.
Register below to join us as we honor Dr. Mitsuyasu, and highlight four ‘Decades of HIV CARE’ at our upcoming Zoom session on Wednesday, June 2nd from 4:00pm-5:00pm.