Dr. Myron Cohen, professor of medicine, microbiology and epidemiology at UNC, received an award from the Clinical Research Forum for his study on HIV prevention.
Cohen’s study found that antiretroviral therapy for HIV patients reduces sexual transmission of the disease by up to 96 percent.
Because they were so positive, the results were published in 2011, four years earlier than originally planned. The study showed that treatment of HIV can make a patient non-contagious and is currently the most effective way of preventing the disease from spreading further.
Cohen and other winners were honored at an awards dinner held last week. The dinner honored scientific innovation in clinical research that will benefit human health and welfare.