The National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the NIH, is funding the Browne lab in the UNC HIV Cure Center for a study on the effects of cannabis use on the reservoir of HIV that is dormant within patients but becomes activated and spreads when antiretroviral medications are ceased. This phenomenon is called HIV latency, and it’s considered the main barrier to eradicating the virus that causes AIDS.
UNC HIV Cure Center researcher Ed Browne, PhD, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases, is the principal investigator of this $4-million, 5-year research project. He is a member of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.
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