Special Event: No HIV? Know HIV.

Special Event: No HIV? Know HIV.

The Telluride AIDS Benefit week of education and outreach is in full swing. If you are inclined to say “not in my backyard,” you might want to rethink your response.  Here are the facts: over 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and about 1 in 4 new HIV infections are among youth ages 13-24. Rethink your backyard. But it is not just TAB trying to make a difference. Learn how science is working to change the statistics.

Please join the Pinhead Institute on Wednesday, February 26at Arroyo Wine Bar, 5:00 – 6:30p.m. for a special “Science Soiree” event.

Pinhead Invitation FLYER FINAL copyDr. Myron Cohen from UNC, Chapel Hill will be on hand to tell us more about his innovative research in the field of HIV and how he is leading the charge to eradicate the deadly virus. Dr. Cohen serves as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. His work was recognized by Science Magazine in 2011 as the “Breakthrough of the Year,” and inspires hope for an AIDS-free generation.

Light appetizers and drink specials will be available.

“This special event coinciding with the upcoming Telluride AIDS Benefit is a perfect opportunity for our community to learn more about the work being conducted to give hope to those suffering with HIV,” states Pinhead Board of Directors Co-Chair, Lindsey Welch.

While Dr. Cohen is in Telluride to host this special event, he has been a part of the local community for the last two years through his work with Pinhead.

During the summer of 2013, Dr. Cohen mentored Julia Vann of Ouray High School as part of Pinhead’s esteemed “Pinhead Internship Program.”  Under Dr. Cohen’s guidance, Julia had the privilege of doing her Pinhead Internship at the Garcia Lab at UNC, Chapel Hill, where Dr. Cohen’s HIV research is conducted.

The Pinhead Internship Program provides students the chance to gain practical skills and experience in various scientific fields of study. This program affords students from Nucla, Norwood, Telluride, Ridgway, and Ouray High Schools opportunities not available in our region to work with leading scientists in real world settings at scientific institutions across the globe. Julia summed up her intern experience this way: “Overall, it was eye opening in the best way possible. It showed me that working with patients was something I really do love.”

Don’t miss this engaging and educational opportunity to support the Pinhead Institute! Suggested donation is $40 at the door or you can buy your ticket in advance at www.pinheadinsitute.org.

Want more information on the Pinhead Institute and the programs we offer? Contact Pinhead today by visiting our website at www.pinheadinstitute.org or call us at 970.708.7441.

For a preview of the event, watch this video announcing the HIV transmission breakthrough:

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