Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Handout photo
April 7, 2005
53, Virologist at Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Dr. Deborah Persaud was an eager first-year medical student in 1981 when the newly discovered AIDS virus became a worldwide health scare that perplexed medical researchers and sparked years of safe-sex efforts. Persaud has since become an expert and researcher on the disease, most recently credited, along with colleagues, for eliminating clinical signs of HIV in a Mississippi infant born to an infected mother. Persaud believes giving the infant antiretroviral treatment beginning 30 hours after birth helped suppress the disease. Persaud said her work is not done. Her next goal is to find a cure in children. Why children? "Because they are resilient," she said.
-- Andrea K. Walker