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The 13th UNC Center for AIDS Research Scientific Symposium in recognition of World AIDS Day will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The topic “Can we cure AIDS?” features keynote speaker Dr. Daria Hazuda, vice president of Worldwide Discovery Franchise and Head of Infectious Diseases at Merck Research Labs.

The symposium will be held in the ground floor auditorium of the Bioinformatics Building, south of UNC Hospitals. Parking is available in the Dogwood visitor parking deck, located on Manning Drive, across from UNC Hospitals.

The mission of the UNC Center for AIDS Research is to provide infrastructure to support investigation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic using clinical research, behavioral research, research into HIV biology and pathogenesis at the molecular level, and educational outreach. The UNC CFAR is a consortium of three complementary institutions: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Institute and Family Health International.