By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

Yesterday HIV researcher Dr. Julie Overbaugh, who holds the Endowed Chair in Graduate Education at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, delivered the 2018 Bernard Fields Lecture, which kicked off the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections held this year in Boston. Overbaugh focused her talk on the power of international collaboration to prevent HIV infection by detailing the results from a six-year study designed to assess the risk of mother-infant HIV transmission through breast milk.

“The trial revealed risk and correlates of breast milk transmission, as was its original intent, but the data and samples from that trial were instrumental in revealing unique aspects of the infant immune response,” Overbaugh said during the lecture.


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