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Jessica Conway: HIV Viral Rebound Heterogeneity Following Treatment Interruption

When: Monday, October 19, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Madeline Kennedy   847.491.3345

Group: McCormick-Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic


Title: HIV Viral Rebound Heterogeneity Following Treatment Interruption

Speaker: Jessica Conway, PhD, Penn State University

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Abstract: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) effectively controls HIV infection, suppressing HIV viral loads to levels undetectable using commercial testing. Typically, suspension of therapy is rapidly followed by rebound of viral loads to high, pre-therapy levels. However recent observations give nuance to that statement: in a small fraction of cases, rebound may be delayed by months, years, or even possibly, permanently. We will discuss a proposed phenomenological model assuming simple heterogeneous dynamics in latent reservoir activation, which we assume is the source of viral rebound, to make predictions on time to rebound post-treatment suspension. In particular, we rely on time-inhomogeneous branching processes to derive a mechanistically-motivated survival function for time-to-rebound. We validate our model with data from Li et al. (2016), specifically a collection of observations of times to viral rebound across 235 study participants following treatment suspension. We show that our model provides good agreement with survival curves generated from study participants. Finally if there's time we will discuss hypotheses for biology underlying the phenomenological model and aimed at generating testable predictions on achieving durable infection control following interruption of ART.


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