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ImmuNet 2008 News Archive


Researchers discover gene that blocks HIV

By Richard Cairney

February 28, 2008 - Edmonton - A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has discovered a gene that is able to block HIV, and in turn prevent the onset of AIDS.

Stephen Barr, a molecular virologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, says his team has identified a gene called TRIM22 that can block HIV infection in a cell culture by preventing the assembly of the virus.

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University of Alberta Welcomes
Dr. Ronald G. Gill
The University of Alberta and the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology welcomed Dr. Ronald G. Gill, the new Scientific Director of the Alberta Diabetes Institute and professor effective April 1, 2007. Dr. Gill comes to us from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre in Denver where he was also director of the University of Colorado Transplant Immunology Program, a member of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diseases and Director of the Islet Cell Resources Program. Please refer to the following link for more details.

Halloran Lab Receives $12.5M In New Funding

The Halloran lab received a generous grant in December, from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Alberta Science and Research Investments Program (ASRIP). The total grant amount received by the lab is $12.5 million. CFI and ASRIP will each contribute 40% of the total amount, and 20% will be provided by other cooperating contributors.

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