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NIH grant helps Sac State students research HIV treatment

Katherine McReynoldsSacramento State Professor Katherine McReynolds and her student researchers are stepping to the forefront of the fight against HIV.

McReynolds, who is in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a four-year, $425,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will allow her to expand by two members an eight-person student research team that is working on a new approach to prevent HIV and AIDS.

The process she and her team are pursuing is one that would create a topical agent that puts a barrier between the cell and the virus. “I think it’s a great strategy that could potentially have a huge impact in decreasing the number of new cases of HIV,” says McReynolds. “It’s meant to be a preventative agent, something that can be used in advance of an HIV exposure.”

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