Nicolas Chomont receives an award for excellence in HIV research

Nicolas Chomont receives an award for excellence in HIV research
Nicolas Chomont receives an award for excellence in HIV research

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) and the Canadian AIDS Research Foundation (CANFAR) award their annual Excellence Awards to mid-career researchers who contribute to improving the lives of those those living with HIV or at risk of contracting the disease.

Associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology at the University of Montreal, researcher at the CHUM Research Center (CRCHUM) and co-investigator at the Canadian HIV Cure Research Consortium, Nicolas Chomont is a true leader of HIV research in Canada and abroad. His work focuses on characterizing the mechanisms of HIV persistence in tissues and cells during antiretroviral therapy with the aim of finding a cure that will eliminate the virus.

Nicolas Chomont notably discovered that central and effector memory cells are the main cellular reservoirs of HIV during antiretroviral therapy. This advance gave rise to a historic publication which has been cited more than 1000 times.

He also developed tests to accurately measure the size of HIV reservoirs, which have been called gold standard methods in clinical trials of HIV cure strategies.

More recently, he collaborated on a project which consisted of characterizing the HIV reservoir of a patient who wished to donate his body to science after receiving medical assistance in dying. The patient’s tissues and cells could be studied at the Chomont Lab. Here again, the professor’s work has advanced research.

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