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Announcing ARA’s New CEO & President: Dr. Stephen Brown

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August 11 2014

A Letter from David Hardy, M.D., Chairman of the Board

Dr. David Hardy

I am pleased to announce that the members of AIDS Research Alliance’s Board of Directors have unanimously elected Dr. Stephen Brown, AIDS Research Alliance’s longtime Medical Director, to lead the organization as interim President and CEO.

Since joining AIDS Research Alliance 17 years ago as the Medical Director, Dr. Brown has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the cause of finding a cure for HIV. When Dr. Brown was hired in the late 1990s, he was tasked with finding something to purge the reservoirs of HIV.

Today, Dr. Brown is overseeing ARA Scientific Director Stefanie Homann’s research on prostratin. Dr. Homann is testing prostratin’s ability to stimulate the reservoirs, potentially making the reservoirs detectable, and allowing the immune system, with help from an energized and more active immune response, to attack them and eliminate them from the body. 

Dr. Brown has been the driving force in ARA’s work to develop prostratin, and his commitment to research led AIDS Research Alliance to become an investigational site with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network for five years.  Dr. Brown has been Principal Investigator for over 120 clinical trials, including work for Pfizer, Merck, Theratechnologies, Schering-Plough, Tibotec, NeurogesX, National Institutes of Health, Serono, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Agouron, GlaxoSmith Kline, Orasure Technologies, and Gilead Sciences. He is now, with Dr. Homann, expanding our clinical services into providing leukopaks to research and pharmaceutical institutions working on latent HIV infection and other diseases, including Hepatitis B and C.

I hope you, like I, look forward to working with Dr. Brown as he leads AIDS Research Alliance and its research program forward.


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David Hardy, M.D.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
AIDS Research Alliance

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