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UMMC pediatrician, HIV pioneer Hannah Gay on 'Time’s' most influential list

Hannah Gay (Photo courtesy of UMMC)

Hannah Gay (Photo courtesy of UMMC)

HIV specialist Dr. Hannah Gay, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics, has been named to the 2013 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Gay gained notoriety for her atypical treatment regimen and functionally cured the baby who had been infected with HIV since 2010. She and her colleagues, Dr. Deborah Persaud, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center virologist, and University of Massachusetts Medical School immunologist Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, who were also named to the Time 100 list, presented the child’s case report in March at a scientific meeting in Atlanta. The report is the world’s first to describe an HIV functional cure in an infant.

Gay said she is honored and wants the recognition to highlight the efforts of physicians and scientist worldwide working in HIV prevention, care and research.

“This case represents decades of work by thousands of researchers and health-care providers to bring the HIV epidemic under control,” Gay said in a media release from UMMC.

Time’s full list and related tributes appear in the April 29 issue, available on newsstands and tablets today.

Read Gay and her colleagues’ entry here.


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