Patience Mthunzi: Could we cure HIV with lasers?
Patience Mthunzi - Laser scientist
Patience Mthunzi wants to use lasers to deliver medicines more effectively. Full bio
to your head, where the pain is,
and various other organs first.
and painless way of delivering
any medication leads to its dilution.
particularly in HIV patients.
the virus in the blood,
for their adverse side effects,
by the time they get to the blood,
they get to the sites
within the HIV viral reservoirs.
such as the lymph nodes,
as well as the lungs --
get delivered in the blood
consistent anti-HIV drugs therapy.
and infect new cells in the blood.
HIV with the current drug treatment,
that must be swallowed by patients.
within its reservoir sites,
the answer was just before my eyes:
we are currently using laser pulses
immediately in HIV-infected cells,
but super-tiny laser beam
in liquid containing the drug.
while the cell swallows the drug
becomes immediately repaired.
this technology in test tubes
this technology in the human body,
through a three-headed device.
in the site of infection.
which is a drug-spreading sprinkler,
at the site of infection,
to poke those cells open.
like much right now.
this technology can lead
of HIV in the body.
About the speaker:Patience Mthunzi - Laser scientist
Patience Mthunzi wants to use lasers to deliver medicines more effectively.
Why you should listen
Patience Mthunzi is a research group leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria, South Africa. There, she uses laser "tweezers" to try and separate diseased cells from healthy ones. She's also developed a way to use laser pulses to target drug delivery into cells.
Born in Soweto, Patience got her PhD in physics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In 2012, she was named one of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes magazine; that same year she was given the Order of Mapungubwe for her contribution in the field of biophotonics. She's also a TED Fellow.
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