A Pioneer in HIV Treatment Research
In the early years of the HIV epidemic, the impact of the virus on women received little public attention. Unfortunately, the same was also true in the clinical and medical research communities: Our accumulating knowledge of HIV and its treatment focused all too heavily on their effects in men.
It takes leadership, vision, and grit to change a field. Judith Currier, M.D., M.Sc., would be the first to say she hasn't done it alone, but she has been a catalyst for the evolution of gender diversity in HIV care. Currier, a professor of medicine and division chief of infectious diseases in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), has spent her career deepening our understanding of treatment options for women living with HIV. Her research has also yielded critical advances regarding HIV treatment strategies in resource-limited settings and the management of cardiovascular and metabolic complications.