AIDS Vaccine Doc Answers Public’s Questions
Last week, SFGN told you that a new vaccine developed by Canadian researchers to prevent HIV has passed the first phase of human testing.
According to the Ontario Business Report, the team, from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, succeeded on the first phase of trials, even boosting the production of antibodies in patients it was tested on.
Well, the outspoken researcher running much of the work, Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.com, a forum by which the social site’s users can ask the doctor any question and he can answer it (questions and answers can be voted on by the users to elevate their position on the forum page). The doctor went by the handle IamDrKang.
Here’s the forum, if you want to read it yourself. Below is the edited intro and some of the top questions and answers:
Dr. Kang’s Introduction
I am Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, a virology professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. My research in molecular virology includes the development of a second generation vaccine against hepatitis B and C viruses. Currently, I am working on a preventative vaccine to combat HIV/AIDS.
Here are my latest findings.
The top-voted questions (and their answers):
msakim: This is amazing news! In the press, it has been said that the team is getting ready for phase II and phase III clinical trials - how quickly do you predict the roll-out of phase II?
iamdrkang: Hopefully within a year.