Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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World AIDS Day: A Functional Cure Is in Sight

December 1, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

There has been great progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and continued efforts to end this global epidemic. Advances, such as anti-retroviral therapy, have revolutionized HIV treatment. Now, researchers are edging closer to the ultimate goal: a cure.

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Dan Rojas
HIV Stem Cell Trial Patient Strives, Cycles for a Cure

June 13, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Dan Rojas, 31, who has been living with HIV since 2011, is one of a handful of brave patients participating in a groundbreaking study at City of Hope that seeks a cure for AIDS.

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City of Hope Physicians and Scientists Present Trailblazing Research at Annual ASCO Meeting

June 2, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

City of Hope physicians and researchers are headed to Chicago to present groundbreaking research on blood stem cell transplants for HIV patients, immunotherapies, unique treatment options for older adults battling breast cancer and other topics during the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting June 2 to 6.

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Scripps, City of Hope Team Up to Find New Treatment for HIV

April 25, 2017 | Michael Easterling

A team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California, is working with City of Hope’s Center for Gene Therapy to test a cell culture resistant to the HIV virus for efficacy and safety. If testing goes as planned, TSRI and City of Hope investigators may have identified a new treatment for HIV.

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Re-engineering stem cells to eradicate HIV in lifelong sufferer

April 19, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Aaron Kim is the first HIV patient treated as part of a new City of Hope clinical trial that will determine if a patient’s own genetically engineered bone marrow cells can safely be used to treat HIV.

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Stem cell study could bring us closer to a “functional” HIV cure

December 1, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

“We could see a functional cure for HIV in the next 5-10 years,” predicts John Zaia, M.D., a world-renowned genetic researcher and Director of the Center for Gene Therapy at City of Hope's Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute.

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On World AIDS Day, celebrating progress and pledging more action

November 30, 2015 | Denise Heady

On Dec. 1, which marks World AIDS Day, communities across the globe will reflect on the tremendous progress made in the fight against HIV and AIDS. They will also focus on how to end AIDS as a global public health threat.

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Stem cell therapy clinic will fight incurable disease in new ways

March 19, 2015 | Nicole White

In the field of cancer, patients have had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy as options. Now, as City of Hope officially opens the Alpha Clinic for Cellular Therapy and Innovation, patients battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases have another option: stem-cell-based therapy.

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Curing HIV is the goal. New stem cell clinical trial could get us there

March 5, 2015 | Nicole White

Curing HIV, not simply controlling its replication, is the ultimate goal of HIV researchers. A new clinical trial at City of Hope could put that goal within reach. The trial will test an innovative new therapy that modifies the stem cells of patients with HIV to make them resistant to infection with the virus.

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